By Lula Belle
(Creative License Press, Paperback, 9780615572543, 262pp.)

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

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What if John McCain had won the American Presidency in 2008, then died a few months later leaving Sarah Palin to become America’s first female president? What if political circumstance led to the repeal of Roe v. Wade, making abortion illegal again in nearly half of America? This is the reality of Sheila Martin’s world. Sheila is a snarky, smart, fifteen-year-old piano prodigy whose main concern in life (besides boys) is her scheme to become an international pop star, just like Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, there are two problems keeping Sheila from realizing her dream: the first is her conservative, controlling mother; the second is that Sheila is pregnant. Sheila is forced to grow up a little faster than she’d like to as she learns that the secrets of the past have a way of haunting the future, that no decision is ever black and white, and that in order to truly love she must first learn to forgive.

Praise For Expecting
"Belle’s debut novel is a quirky alternate history from the perspective of a precocious, politically astute—and pregnant—teenager...Belle’s historical and political alterations are recent enough to engage even politically indifferent readers, and her divisive topics (free will, reproductive rights, parental control, how political policy affects even the youngest individuals) are addressed with a diversity of viewpoints and should spark intelligent debate.
A sharp, satisfying exploration of some of today’s most controversial topics."
--Kirkus Reviews

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