Fat Chance Fat Chance was awarded the Parents' Choice Silver Medal in 1994.
Published by PaperStar (The Putnam & Grosset Group) 1996
Judi Liebowitz wants to be the thinnest girl in eighth grade and have a boyfriend. She's convinced that if only she had "creamy thighs and amazing cheekbones that look like I'm always sipping through a straw" her best friend Monica wouldn't have stolen the boy she had a crush on. When Judi meets glamorous, thin-as-a-stick Nancy Pratt, she thinks her troubles are over. Nancy teaches Judi the secret to staying thin--purging--and Judi is thrilled she can "have her cake and eat it, too." But soon Judi is caught up in the dangerous cycle of bingeing and purging and as her eating spins out of control, so does her life. Judi's eating disorder is no longer just another eighth grade problem--it's a matter of life and death.
It was also a Finalist for the Iowa Teen Award in 1997.
Ages 10 and up
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