Joy School, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Katie has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of being ideal companions.

When she accidentally falls through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy.

He is handsome, far older than she, and married, but she is entranced.

As their relationship unfolds, so too does Katie's awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring.


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Another good book by Elizabeth Berg. We returned to Katie some 6 months where we left off from Durable Goods. You saw not only growth from Katie, but from her father as well. He has finally, it seems, to have found the compassion we all knew was there. Nice fast read, smooth writing.

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The 2nd book following the story of Katie, a 12 year old girl trying to find her way in the absence of her mother. Elizabeth Berg never disappoints. Every sentence is perfection, so beautifully written, that it makes you say, oh I wish I had written that. It doesn't matter how old you are, Berg has the ability to bring you right back to that awkward time of being 13, so that you remember it with a complex mixture of horror and tenderness.

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All your teen memories, both good and bad, will come rushing back when you read this book about a thirteen year old girl attempts at dealing with life.

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