By Micol Ostow
(Egmont USA, Hardcover, 9781606841556, 376pp.)

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

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"i have always been broken."
"i could have. "died." "
"and maybe it would have been better if i had. "
It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the road forSan Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a bright new consciousness, and best of all a family.One that will embrace her and give her love.Because family is what Mel has never really had.And this new family, Henry's family, shares everything.They share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly wants to belong, she will share in everything they do.No matter what the family does, or how far they go.
Told in episodic verse, "family" is a fictionalized exploration of cult dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they ll go to to make themselves whole again.

About the Author
Micol Ostow (New York City) has written more than thirty-five published works for children and young adults. So Punk Rock was inspired by the thirteen years of Jewish day school that she and her brother David experienced. Micol is currently pursuing an MFA in writing through Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaching YA writing up and down the Eastern seaboard. For more information, visit or
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