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Perfect

(2004)
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Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others' imperfections.

For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy--the self-important (but really not bad) English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position.

But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle's little sister, April, has told their mother about Isabelle's problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Library Binding
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-4395-7417-0 / 978-1-4395-7417-1 (USA edition)
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September 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-57131-652-3 / 978-1-57131-652-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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October 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: Perfect (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-4176-4405-2 / 978-1-4176-4405-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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October 2004 : USA Turtleback
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 0-606-33217-0 / 978-0-606-33217-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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Paperback Editions

2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 0-439-90013-1 / 978-0-439-90013-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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September 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Perfect: A Novel
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-57131-651-5 / 978-1-57131-651-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

December 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-4193-7013-8 / 978-1-4193-7013-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

December 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
ISBN: 1-4193-7018-9 / 978-1-4193-7018-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Perfect
Author(s): Natasha Friend
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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