My So-Called Family (Paperback)

By Courtney Sheinmel

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781416979425, 194pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

List Price: 6.99*
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Leah's mother underwent in-vitro fertilization from a donor bank to have Leah. Later, she married and had a child with her husband and as much as Leah loves her new family, she can't help but wonder about her real father. Who is he? Did he father other children through in-vitro? So against her mother's wishes, Leah decides to try and track down her donor father and half-siblings. This puts a very timely spin on the classic adoptive sibling story.

Praise For My So-Called Family

"A thought-provoking and compelling debut, challenging readers to consider, 'What makes a family?'" -- Cynthia Lord, author of Rules

"This story rocks -- it's warm, insightful, and utterly un-put-down-able." -- Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl

"A solid story, providing a fresh take on an issue that's rarely addressed."--School Library Journal

* "Smart, original, and full of vitality."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Her premise is original, and her involving story will invite readers' consideration of the ever-changing meanings of that word family."--Booklist