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As a young girl Alice longed to be a mermaid. Her idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. She peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime Alice squeezed both legs in to one side of her pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending she was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.

Real mermaid-hood proved elusive, so Alice became a modern dancer instead. For over twenty years she worked with brilliant choreographers and performed in amazing places. And while she’s still paid to do the occasional pirouette, Alice also works as a Parenting Coach/Writer helping out moms and dads, and talking to kids also, about their (often annoying) parents.

But Alice is most at home when upside down and underwater.
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Alice Kaltman There's so much great YA out there that deals with mental illness, family dysfunction, and other heavy topics. But there aren't all that many that dea…moreThere's so much great YA out there that deals with mental illness, family dysfunction, and other heavy topics. But there aren't all that many that deal specifically with shyness and it's wily cousin, performance anxiety. I wanted to write about an atypical 'star', someone who has deep reluctance to the performative aspects of her sport. And of course, as a surfer myself, I was dying to write a book that shares and describes the thrill of riding waves, and having a spiritual relationship to the ocean. I hope readers will come away with a deeper understanding of social phobias, and a deeper stoke to get their own butts in gear and out in the waves!(less)
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"This wonderful middle grade novel, written with wit, grace, and amazing world-building, using magical descriptions of an undersea world, had me hooked from the first sentence: "Who in their right mind names a dog Kitty?"
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This book is a short fiction gem. Pilkington has a shrewd and unique perspective, one that is both loving and acerbic. Her sentences zing, the stories are page turners. Her insight into the foibles and frailties of all sorts of folks; rent-a-brides, ...more
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What a lovely book. Koya writes with deceptive simplicity, and alarming grace about the complications of identity, race, and family in early post-911 America. Each character comes alive with great authenticity, each voice distinct. It was so refreshi ...more
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I feel blessed. I had the pleasure of hearing Leland Cheuk read excerpts from “No Good Very Bad Asian” before reading this marvelous new novel. The parts Cheuk read from this bildungsroman of sorts were hilarious, and his reading was pitch perfect. E ...more
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Every piece in this collection is a gem. Brutally honest, gorgeously written, some funny, some sad, some funny/sad. Love it to pieces and honored to be part of it! I LOVE BULL!!!!
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