You can choose your friends but not your family. And in fiction, that simple truth provides plenty of room for intriguing, offbeat and challenging characters. Martha Brooks plagues siblings with tuberculosis and, in facing their illness, the children also must face a difficult relationship with their reticent father. Rebecca James loads up her heroine with the weight of a murdered sister and a menacing psycho friendship. Alice Kuipers burdens her protagonist with a mother unable to cope with tragic death and a friend who leaves her behind in her grief in favour of partying. Three different styles and scenarios, but universal truths are still the result. Suitable for grades 8 to 12. $17 / $8.50 for student groups (thebookpile)
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