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Kristyn Crow The Middle-Child Blues; illus. by David Catrow
32 pp. Putnam 10/09 isbn 978-0-399-24735-4 $16.99
“Mid-Kid” Lee might not mind being called a hound dog—at least it
would mean he was getting attention. “I’ve got the middle-child blues.
/ I feel forgotten and confused. / That’s right, the middle-c