My So-Called Family

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About The Book

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.

About The Author
Photograph © Joel Sheinmel

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of All the Things You Are, Sincerely, Positively, and My So-Called Family. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, part of Columbia University, and attended Fordham University School of Law. Courtney lives, works, and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.courtneysheinmel.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 2009)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416979425
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Lexile ® HL680

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"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

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