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This is a truly charming novel with a great heroine: a real celebration of individuality and difference. Most teenagers will recognise the pressure to conform.


  • WINNER Parents' Choice Gold Award
  • WINNER Newbery Medal 1998 (for Maniac Magee)
  • WINNER Newbery Honor Book 1998 (for Wringer)


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