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Annotation: When fifteen-year-old Calli's two moms take in Cherish, a troubled teenager, and Calli tries to stand up to her antisocial behavior, things quickly begin to spiral downward before Calli can begin to regain some semblance of control.
Catalog Number: #5010542
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 184 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-571-31699-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-571-31699-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011007076
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Calli is having trouble getting along with Cherish, the foster child her moms have welcomed into the family home. When an argument between the girls escalates into a physical altercation, Cherish is taken to a juvenile center. Calli feels guilty and wonders if it's too late to clear the air. Though her introspection weighs down the plot, Calli's redemption is rewarding (if not suprising).
School Library Journal
Gr 7&11;10&12; Calli has been the only child of lesbian parents for a long time, so when they take in a foster child, she begins to feel ignored by her two moms. Then she witnesses her foster sister, Cherish, kissing her boyfriend in the school hallway, and that's the start of a meltdown for the 15-year-old. She's tired of being a mousy wallflower and decides to get even with Cherish, which has consequences that spiral out of her control. A sickly mother with lupus and a best friend who doesn't offer Calli the support she wants don't help her case. And what was her boyfriend thinking anyway? There's a lot happening in this short novel. So much so that what could be intriguing plotlines-such as exploring the life of a teenager living with two moms and the fostering experience from the biological child's perspective-are glossed over in short chapters that leave little time for the characters to develop. Calli's life is complicated for sure, maybe a little too complicated to make this story cohesive.&12; Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Fifteen-year-old Calli has just about everything she could want in life--two loving moms, a good-looking boyfriend, and a best friend who has always been there for support. An only child, Calli is excited when her parents announce that they want to be foster parents. Unfortunately, being a foster sister to Cherish is not at all what Calli expected. First Cherish steals Calli's boyfriend, then begins to pit Calli's moms against one another, and she even steals Calli's iPod. Tired of being pushed around and determined to get even, Calli steals one of Cherish's necklaces. But this plan for revenge goes horribly awry, and Cherish ends up in juvenile detention. Isolating herself from her moms, her boyfriend, and even her best friend, Calli wrestles with her guilt and tries to figure out a way to undo the damage she's caused. When her moms are asked to take on another foster child, Calli sees an opportunity to make amends for her past mistakes. Funny, moving, and emotionally rich, Calli is a portrait of an endearing young woman caught between adolescence and adulthood, striving to do the right thing even when all of her options seem wrong.

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