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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 0
Themes: relationships, stepfamilies, alternative families
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2002
Lexile Level: HL400L
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
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Fourteen-year-old Julian's parents separated when he was a baby and he is still angry and hurt. His mother has had relationships since--all of which have ended disastrously-- but this time it seems serious. Jean-Paul looks like he might be the real thing. Julian is wary--and critical--as he comes to terms with the fact that he and his brother may have to let down their defences and allow their mother to find happiness. On a road trip with his mother and her new beau, Julian finds that love--and happiness-- come in many guises. In the end, he realizes that it is not blood that determines true family, but the willingness to stand together.

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