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Confusion is Nothing New

By Paul Acampora   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338209990 Hardcover
192 Pages | 5.73" x 8.56" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338210019 Ebook
192 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

Ellie Magari is figuring out what it means to be a girl in the world today, especially when the one role model she could have had (her mother) was never around and she was raised by her hardworking single father who didn't exactly keep the lines of communication open. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? And now that she's gone for good, what does that mean for Ellie?

Fueled by the bighearted sounds of '80s rock and roll, plus a dash of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and large doses of Cyndi Lauper's girl-power joy, Confusion is Nothing New is a coming of age story, as well as a drama and comedy, about friendship, girls, and the tension between fathers and daughters. It's also a story about girls who understand that it's good to make things, but breaking things is okay too.

In fact, sometimes breaking things is required.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for How to Avoid Extinction:

"Acampora tucks laughter, tears, light doses of life wisdom, impressive fossils, and any number of appealing characters into this amiable odyssey." -- Booklist

"The transformative power of the American road trip is taken to new heights." -- School Library Journal

"Some of the chapter headings are funny enough to convince people to read the book all by themselves. " -- Kirkus Reviews

"Love plus laughter is pretty much an extinction-proof formula for a middle-grade book, and jokesters, dinosaur fans, and those looking for a satisfyingly hopeful family drama will find plenty to dig up and enjoy here." -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books