By Daphne Grab
Matisse Osgood is a brand new York urban lady via and during. She buys her outfits at Andy's Cheapies, watches indie movies on the Angelika, and would not be stuck useless on a hayride. but if her father will get unwell and Matisse's mom and dad choose to depart Man-hattan for a small city in upstate ny, her ideal global crumbles. As Matisse trudges via lifestyles in Prague, she goals of waking up in her house on West 78th highway with a father who is good adequate to stroll along with her in critical Park and a mom who does not fake that every thing is ok. whilst rumors encompass Matisse in class and her father's indicators aggravate, Matisse realizes that the buddies she's making in Prague are the sort you could expect. they assist Matisse locate the energy to arrive out to her father, who will not be as faraway from her as she idea. And one specific farm boy indicates Matisse that nation residing is lots extra magical than she ever imagined.
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The news came on again, and the overly made up anchorwoman was back to tell us about a robbery that had taken place in Ithaca. I glanced over at my dad. He was gazing at the screen, his face tight, and I could tell he wasn’t hearing a word. 53 b “The news here isn’t that great,” I said, getting up. “We can keep watching,” he said. It was obvious he didn’t care one way or the other. “No, I have homework,” I said. I heard the canned laughter of a sitcom blaring as I closed the bedroom door. ••• Friday morning as I walked down the hall to my locker, I saw a guy and a girl in matching Milo High sweatshirts making out by the water fountain.