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Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Amber Brown #1)

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Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team—until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published April 13th 1994)
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Eliza
Every Amber Brown book was my sanctuary as a child.
I've read every one, and I am proud to say she was my role model as a child. I wanted to wear a white shirt and black stockings every single day.
I was also considering changing my name to Violet Green.
Ambreen Bilgrami
The Amber Brown series, is the first book in the series and is a must for any growing girl. It is a great series for young girls and there is no doubt that whoever you are, and at whatever age you are there is something in Amber you can relate to. If it's her messy hair, her love of Bubble gum, her parent's divorce or the moving away of her best friend, there is something you can identify with.

The first book in the series, ‘Amber Brown is Not a Crayon’ sees amber deal with her best friend moving
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Sweetdhee
Let me tell you something Amber...

People do leave
wether for their own will, or just because they have to.

and for so many reasons, we stil can not accept that.
we deny that.
no matter which shoes we stand for.
the one who leave, or the one who being left.

So, Amber Brown, who is not a crayon,
Cherish the moments with your loved ones.
Look to their eyes, smile a lot.
For you don't know when the time would come.

Be thankful for the friendship that you and justin had.
For some people, me as the nearest examp
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Amber
When I went to the Salvation Army to look around, my mom and I saw these books. One of the books I got today was this book. The main reason I wanted this book was because I remember being in elementary school and my teachers reading these books. Also, it's because it has my name in the title! (added benefit! =] ). I sat here tonight and read this book, and it was a great book and it reminded me of when I moved from Alabama to Georgia in the 3rd grade. In the book, Amber Brown has to deal with he ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Good book for kids about friendship and resolving arguments, with nice illustrations to go along with it. I loved this little book when I was a kid.
Kelli McKenna
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon written by Paula Danziger was a fun book to read. What a liked most about it was that it was about two best friends, boy and girl, making it appealing to both genders. Amber Brown is Not a Crayon makes for a wonderful transitional book for children in that transitional phase because the book is a little bit lengthier, the vocabulary is slightly higher, the paragraphs on each page are longer, and lastly there are not as many pictures throughout the story. This book cou ...more
Dollytomp
I think this is a great book how two friends stayed together through good and bad times while they were growing up. Amber Brown and Justin Daniels have been best friends since preschool. They always sit next to each other in school and helped each other with homework. They were so close that they even know what each other were thinking and they always stuck up for each other. Justin is moving and it was hard on Amber. Her parents got a divorce which was hard for her, but Justin was there to help ...more
Emily Scott
This book is about two kids named Amber Brown and Justin Daniels. They have been best friends since preschool. They always sit next to each other on class trips, they help each other with schoolwork and they know what the other is thinking. Amber thinks that Justin makes life more fun but she is very sad when she learns that Justin is moving. Amber had thought life was hard when her parents got divorced, but Justin’s moving feels even more horrible. It gets even worse when Amber and Justin don’t ...more
Eliza Thomas
Realistic Fiction

This book is an excellent choice for upper elementary school students because it is written from the perspective of Amber Brown, a third grader who speaks her mind. Students will be able to relate to her experiences and feelings and make connections to their own lives. In this book, Amber's best friend Justin has to move away because of his dad's job. She and Justin are both heartbroken and don't want to leave each other, but neither of them will admit it. Throughout the book, A
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Edward Creter
Amber Brown is ten, kooky, and funny in a Robin Williams sort of way, in that she uses humor to shield herself from the pain of living every day life, and, like the late comic genius, it only works for so long. Her bestie, Justin, is moving out and her class is on a pretend "trip" to China, but, like they say in Star Trek films, "only" Nixon ever gets to visit China, and Amber wishes she could go too! But no, she has to stay with her devoted mom and make amends with her estranged friend Justin b ...more
Linda
For the cute picture on the cover, and the title, I picked up this book at our library. Amber is a third grader who’s quite content being messy, in the room with teacher Mr. Cohen, and her best friend Justin. She tells the story of how Mr. Cohen takes them all on a trip to China, and it sounds like a lot of fun. They have passports and line up their chairs like on an airplane, then take off! That part is happy fun, but sadly, it isn’t the whole book. The rest deals with Justin finding out he’s m ...more
Stephanie
This was my first Amber Brown book and I really, really liked it. The book has a way of being fun and silly, but it also has a really important message. It's a valuable message at any age - some adults still don't get this stuff!


Marta Boksenbaum
Absolutely LOVED this book as a child, it has not lost its charm. Amber is so loveable, quirky and messy and so real that you feel that you know her. I enjoyed rereading it immensely
Jenn
This book is the story of Amber Brown. She is a third grader who is dealing with the issue of her best friend Justin Daniels moving away. Amber is a messy, awkward girl who is dealing with many things as a third grader. She gets picked on because of her brown hair and everyone teasing her by saying "Amber Brown is a crayon." This book is a cute story of friendship. This story is a realistic fiction and falls under the humorous and relationship subtypes of the genre. There is a clear setting and ...more
Jessica Lynch
Amber Brown is not a Crayon is about a girl named Amber and her friend Justin which is moving to Arizona and leaving Amber behind in New Jersey. They are best friends that do everything together, but with Justin's moving day coming up, they aren't getting along. During Justin's last day at school, Amber and Justin talk about him leaving and become friends again.

In Amber Brown is not a Crayon, the characters resemble real people. An example of this is how Amber and Justin get in a fight and not t
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Cheri Ragland
Amber Brown, Justin's best friend since preschool. Now in third grade, everything is going to change. It is not uncommon in Mr. Cohen's class to go on a "trip" to a faraway place. They have make-believe passports, chairs lined up as the airplane, a pilot and co-pilot, and of course peanuts. After their flight they go back to the classroom to do a scrap book about their trip to China, and make up post cards to send from China. They send a postcard to Justin's dad who is living in Alabama right no ...more
Maeve
This book is a light hearted first in a series of children's novels. It is a story of a girl named Amber Brown, who is in the third grade. Her life is perfect. She has the best teacher, the coolest adventures in class, and her best friend sits right next to her. There is nothing that can possibly ruin this year...except her best friend is moving away! Amber Brown is angry, upset, and secretly plotting to tell anyone who comes to look at buying the house that there are strange creatures in the to ...more
Shel
Jul 24, 2009 Shel added it
Danziger, P. (1994). Amber Brown is Not a Crayon. New York: Puffin Books.

0142406198

Third grader, Amber Brown has fun in class on a pretend trip to China with her best friend, Justin. But as Justin and his family prepare to move to another state, Amber begins to worry. Making matters worse, Justin refuses to talk about his approaching departure. She, Amber Brown is also dealing with the underlying tension of her parents’ recent divorce.

Amber’s voice feels authentic. Although her character is in t
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Olivia
I liked this book because it had a good theme, which was friendship. Amber Brown is Not a Crayon is a good book for students that go through life transitions. In this book Amber's best friend moves away and learns how to deal with it. I would use this in my classroom to sort out friendship issues and transitions. I also would use this book as an independent reader in my classroom. It is a pretty easy read for students and has an effective plot. This book could be used for 3rd graders.
Trisha Patel
Amber brown is not a crayon is a book about a girl that has her best friend Justin move away from her. not to mention her name Amber Brown which is a type of color. I like that this book is so realistic. Something happened to me related to the book also. my initials are TP so some people tease me. also my friend that i have known since i was very young has moved away also. i recommend this book to people that like realistic fiction.
Brandi
Third-grader Amber Brown's best friend Justin has bad news: his family is moving. And all of sudden, Amber and Justin are fighting and likely never to speak to each other again. Is that any way for best friends to part? This sweet chapter book about losing old friends and making new ones is perfect for transitional readers.

The details of the class's imaginary trips around the world, the fun, cool teachers, and Amber's acceptance of her parents' divorce flesh this story out nicely.
Halle Stout
This was a cute book, not as good as the other books in the series but still cute. It's about amber and her friend Justin. They are inseparable and have been best friends since preschool. When she finds out that he is moving, it causes their friendship to strain but they quickly reconcile and enjoy the last few days they have together. I would recommend for 3rd or 4th grader.
Brenda
a good french book about real issues facing 8 and 9 year olds. Lili (Amber Brown) is sad that her best friend Justin has to move away. She is already a child of a divorce and her dad has been moved to France so she rarely has contact with him. How she navigates her life and these difficult situations with humour can be very relate-able to youngsters of the same age.
Amber
Dec 04, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: childrens
This book has been dear to me since I was in kindergarten. I remember laughing at the story and liking it mostly because the character shared the same name as me. I remember enjoying following Amber Brown through her days at school and her adventures with her best friend. I would love to add this book to my collection (it is either packed away in a box or misplaced at my parents home). I think children can relate to this story because it mentions when friends have to move away (and if a child ha ...more
Jena
This book would be goood if you like easy books to read. Short but sweet pages and if you had a best friend that moved away and you really miss he or she, this book would be good to make you feel not so sad about your friends leaving. This book will make you smile about every good memory you have with you friend.
Monique Clem
Amber Brown is not a crayon
By Paula Danziger
Age group: 8-11

This is a great story about a little girl that has a friend move away. Throughout the book Amber brown tells her story of her best friend and her mother. She is in a divorced home and she talks about that experience and how sad she is that her very best friend in moving to Alabama. I love this book because it tells it in a "girls" point of view. It was very much an inside to how girls think. I sat her almost in tears reading this book be
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Ms. B
First installment in the Amber Brown series, Amber's dealing with a lot in this book. Her parents are divorced and her best friend Justin is moving away. A good read for younger elementary students who enjoy realistic fiction, school stories, and books about best friends.
Lisa Overberg
Mr. Cohen's third-grade class is preparing to take an imaginary trip to Australia, but Amber Brown's best friend Justin is preparing to move with his family to Alabama. Amber is especially upset because they are a great team -- they help each other solve homework problems and always know what they other is thinking. She tries to choose a new best friend but realizes that one cannot simply be selected from a list. Amber and Justin find it difficult to discuss his upcoming move, so they stubbornly ...more
Nelda
Levi's thoughts: Best thing - they went on a field trip; Worst thing: her best friend, they weren't friends anymore

Would he recommend this book to his friends? Levi - "No, because I forget a lot."
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Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since the second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Throughout her career, she wrote a collection of children's stories, including The Cat Ate my Gymsuit, The Divorce Express and, more recently, the Amber Brown series.
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