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P.S Longer Letter Later

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P.S Longer Letter Later

Twelve-year-olds Tara*Starr and Elizabeth are complete opposites. Tara*Starr loves making up puns and wearing glitter and beads and peacock-feather earrings. Shy Elizabeth enjoys writing poetry and has a more subdued style of dress. But as different as they may seem, Tara*Starr and Elizabeth are also the best of friends. That's why it's especially difficult for both girls when Tara*Starr and her parents move to another state.

Following the move, Tara*Starr and Elizabeth continue their intense friendship on a pen-pal basis. And it is through their alternating letters that readers learn how Tara*Starr and Elizabeth grow and change --- and how they keep their friendship strong, even if it's long-distance. Tara*Starr supports Elizabeth when Elizabeth's father loses his job and eventually leaves the family. And Elizabeth encourages Tara*Starr to try out for the play at her new school and to be excited about the baby her mother is expecting. After nearly a year of letters, the girls are finally able to plan a face-to-face reunion when Elizabeth arranges a summer trip to visit Tara*Starr.

Authors Danziger and Martin, who are also real-life friends, wrote this novel letter by letter, experiencing it just as the book's characters would. (Danziger is the voice of Tara*Starr and Martin writes as Elizabeth.) This approach gives the text an authenticity that will resonate with young readers long after they've finished the last page.

Reviewed by on May 1, 1999

P.S Longer Letter Later
by Paula Danziger

  • Publication Date: May 1, 1999
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0590213113
  • ISBN-13: 9780590213110