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Ever since his dad got rich from an invention and his family moved to a wealthy neighborhood on Long Island, Tony Miglione's life has been turned upside down. For starters, there's his new friend Joel, who shoplifts. Then there's Joel's 16-year-old sister, Lisa, who gets undressed every night without pulling down her shades. And there's Grandma, who won't come down from her bedroom. On top of all his other worries, Tony has questions about growing up - Why couldn't things have stayed the same?
©1986 Judy Blume (P)2009 Random House

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"Tony Miglione is perfectly happy in Jersey City, and looking forward to going to junior high with his friends, so he is not at all pleased when he learns his father's invention has made the family rich....With a new school and burgeoning sexual yearnings to cope with, Tony is a troubled boy. Judy Blume does a fine job of seeing all this from a boy's viewpoint." ( Saturday Review)

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  • DeeDra
  • 13-05-18

A Favorite

I read this book in 6th grade and it's always stuck with me. The audiobook did it much justice. A great Judy Blume classic brought to life.

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  • H. Jones
  • 10-09-16

The perfect teen-angst drama

Outstanding. Narration ten out of ten. Always a classic favorite, Judy Blume impresses me yet again.

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  • Sean E. Huertas
  • 02-11-15

Read this book when I was a kid....

Great book...brought back many memories from my childhood.
I'm wondering if the writers for the HBO show "Sopranos" copied/borrowed the characters for the series. Many similarities.