Me in the Middle
Written by Ana Maria Machado
Illustrated by Caroline Merola
Translated by David Unger
Publication Date April 01, 2002
One day Isabel finds a box in her mother's closet and, inside, a photograph of a girl dressed in old-fashioned clothes. Ten-year-old Bel is enchanted to discover that the girl is her great-grandmother Beatrice, her Bisa Bea, and that she and her great-grandmother look very much alike.
Bel convinces her mother to let her borrow the treasured photo promising to look after it carefully. To her dismay, by the time she returns home from school, the picture is missing. But something unusual has happened. Suddenly it is as if Bisa Bea is alive inside her, telling Bel what life was like when she was a girl. Bel loves hearing the stories about the old days -- until Bisa Bea starts to tell her how to behave. Bel learns that her great-grandmother lived in a very different time, when girls were expected to be proper young ladies.
Ana Maria Machado
Ana Maria Machado is one of the world's most distinguished writers for children, with more than 100 books published in her native Brazil and in more than 18 other countries. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Iberoamerican Children's Literature Award, and she has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters — the first writer for children to be so honored. She has also been chosen for the honor list of the highly prestigious Dutch Prince Claus Award. Groundwood has published two of her novels, Me in the Middle (Américas Award Commended List) and From Another World, and her picture books Wolf Wanted, which won the Hors Concours (FNLIJ), and What a Party! Ana Maria lives in Rio de Janeiro.
Caroline Merola has a degree in fine arts from Concordia University. She worked as an illustrator for several publishing houses and her work has appeared across North America. Caroline Merola writes and illustrates children's books and has more than thirty titles to her credit. She was a finalist for the Mr. Christie Book Award, and, in both 2007 and 2008, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration.
David Unger, originally from Guatemala, is a well-known translator, poet and novelist who lives in New York City.
"The ideas of recognizing the past, caring about the future, and being yourself in the present are skillfully integrated into a familiar picture of a present-day child's home and school life." School Library Journal
"The story is fast and fun." Multicultural Review