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Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the seventh book in the "Amber Brown" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Amber Brown's dad has lived in Paris since her parents' divorce — but now he's moving back to town. Amber has two things to look forward to: his return and a Thanksgiving trip to Walla Walla, Wash., with her mom and mom's boyfriend, Max. In a phone conversation with her dad, Amber learns he was planning for the two of them to spend Thanksgiving together. Now Amber must choose which parent to be with over the holiday, and the agonizing decision complicates every aspect of her life.

Christian Beliefs


Other Belief Systems

Ms. Danziger, Amber's teacher, explains how the Pilgrims called themselves the Saints and everyone else the Strangers. Amber comments, “I'm not sure I like the way the Pilgrims labeled the people who weren't them.” Since the Saints and Strangers have no direct bearing on the plot of Amber's story, a reader may wonder why the information was inserted at all, especially when nothing positive or respectful is included about the Pilgrims.

Authority Roles

Amber's mother and Max are attentive, loving parental figures. Amber's father, who has been living abroad, calls frequently — and he seems to be moving back to the States to be near her. While Amber's mom and dad clearly adore her, they place their young daughter in a highly awkward, stressful position by arguing in front of her and making her choose between them.





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