For a Good Time, Don't Call Claudia

Paul Pitts, Author Avon Books $2.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-380-75117-4
A little overweight, clumsy and not very popularthose are the lesser worries of Claudia's ninth grade existence. And she's receiving obscene phone calls each night, a fact she hides from her mother. Of a more serious nature is the fact that her mother still mourns the deaths of her husband and son two years earlier, and she drinks a lot. Claudia muddles through, finding a job at a pet store and bringing home both a ferret and Mike, the owner of the pet store. He's a recovering alcoholic who wants to help Claudia's mother. Throughout, Claudia is a heroine of good humor and integrity, who won't compromise her standards under pressure from peers. Two incidentsone, when Claudia discovers the source of the phone calls and another involving a pair of glaringly new shoesmay leave readers laughing or crying. This is a sweet and funnystory; for a good time, read Claudia. (12-up)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1986
Release date: 12/01/1986
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