Don't Forget Me
Don't Forget Me
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Annotation: Forced to leave her mother, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, in a nursing home in England and move to Australia to live with the father she has never met, seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke struggles to build a new life for herself until she is befriended by Red and his quiet, grieving twin brother Luca, who help her learn to love her new home and realize the importance of honesty and family.
Catalog Number: #153029
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 360 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-374-30560-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-374-30560-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017011002
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Greenfield's zany, free-verse picture book will make you think again about what the vegetables in your fridge might do when you go out: "par-tay!" From the piano-playing eggplant to the string bassthumping basil, this band of cruditis knows how to rock out and the fun is infectious. Tate's vibrant illustrations turn run-of-the-mill veggies into vivacious personalities for this joyful story. A "What Is a Vegetable?" discussion is appended. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Family isn't limited to those connected by blood; sometimes it includes the people who are dearest to you.Hazel leaves her mother and the bustle of London to live with her father, whom she's just met, in a large house by the ocean in Queensland, Australia. Her father is genuinely happy to have the chance to get to know her, and although her first week at her new school isn't without a few snags, Hazel's classmates Maddie and Hunter welcome her with warmth and friendliness. She also befriends her neighbor, gay artist Red. The three help ease Hazel's loneliness, but she longs for the day she can return to London and her mum. Red struggles with the theme of his big art project—family—for his is fractured. His mother tries hard to keep the peace, and his father works away from home most of the time. His fraternal twin brother, Luca, is withdrawn and angry; he hasn't healed from the death of his best friend the year before. Themes of family, hope, and love permeate the novel as the three teens try to move forward with their lives, never forgetting those who are most important. Third-person narration is shared among Hazel, Red, and Luca and is interspersed with letters of childhood memories that Hazel writes to her mother. All characters are assumed white.Sweet but never sappy; heartbreaking but always hopeful. (Fiction. 14-18)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL720L

Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she's never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn't enough to take her mind off of her mother, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's and is living in a nursing home in England. But when Hazel meets the friendly, kindhearted Red and his elusive twin, Luca, she begins the slow process of piecing together a new life--and realizes she isn't theonly one struggling with grief. As friendships deepen and love finds its way in, Hazel also learns that when you truly love someone, they are never really gone. Don't Forget Me is Victoria Stevens's sparkling debut, and a touching testament to coming of age, falling in love, and finding home in unlikely places.

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