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Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.925684
When Andy West's parents get divorced, the plucky 10-year-old is left without a home to call her own. Both her parents have remarried, and Andy finds herself shuttling back and forth between their houses--one week with Mom and "Bill the Baboon," one week with Dad and Carrie. Living out of a suitcase is tough, but having five new stepbrothers and sisters is even tougher.

Her parents say Andy should be happy to have two wonderful new families. But Andy wants her old family back. She wants to live with her mom and dad in their beloved Mulberry Cottage. Andy knows that's not going to happen, though, because real life isn't a fairy tale.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published on August 11, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385323115
ISBN-13: 9780385323116
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  • ereveiws
    ereveiwsWednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:43 am55 stars
    Andrea goes through a hard ABC of her life when her beloved parents split up. Moving out from Mulberry cottage was hard enough for poor Andrea and then meeting new step brothers and sisters. Spending one week a mum's and one week at dad's puts too much strain on Andrea especially when she finds out one off her stepmum's going to give birth to her dad's baby. At first Andrea is insistent that the new baby will be called Ethel. But one sad day she loses her lucky mascot, sylvanian family, rabbit called radish down a hollow tree in a garden she played in after school. Andrea sneaks out of her shared stepsister's room in the middle of the night, even though Katy was still awake, and went hunting for Radish. Find out what happens next if you read the book! 📖
    • safrani
      safraniTuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm55 stars
      I think that this book is very touching because nobody knows how Andrea feels about her parents splitting up...