Why Not Join the Giraffes?
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Suzie undergoes a summer full of learning--learning to accept herself and the individualistic members of her family, especially her musician-brother.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published 1970 by Dell Yearling
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I found this book laying on the sidewalk in front of my Junior High School in 1973. The cover looked interesting, so I took it home and read it. I loved it! This was one of two books that I read as a teenager that really got me interested in New York City, and the counter-culture of the Sixties. This book, along with "Harriet The Spy", had a profound effect on me, and I truly believe that a lot of my interests today, stem from interests that were sparked by books like this one. BTW, I'm a guy, a...more
Dear God, if you let Lizzie Skurnick republish this book I'll find something to give up.

Oh yes, I don't believe in God. Still, doyenne of Brooklyn YA reprints, can you hear my cry?
This book was so much fun and was a perfect read when I was in Middle School. When my youngest daughter was in her early teens, I noticed a copy of the book made it's way into her circle of friends ... I totally smile anytime I see the title.
Emily Smiltneck
A great story about a teenage girl trying, against all odds, to fit in. Elicited lots of chuckles.
Oh my! Favorite from my Jr. High years.
One of my favorites in 7th grade.
Perhaps a bit dated,with its contrast between the upper east side and "swingers" New York, yet still a funny well told story. Susie, the product of an unconventional bohemian family decides to rebel: she wants to wear white dresses and pearls,and have boys in dinner jackets take her to nice restaurants and on carriage rides. She gets her wish when her guitar playing brother Sam brings home a sweet, straight arrow kid who immediately develops a thing for Susie. Only she lies and tells him she's n...more
I read this book in Junior High and it was the book that transitioned me from the mindset of a child to that of an adult. Even now, at age 57, this book stands out through all the memories of the early 70's chaos. Why Not Join the Giraffes would be a treasured possession for any readers bookshelf.
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