Thursday, March 22, 2012

7 Children's Novels About Non-Traditional Families

Between Mom and JoBetween Mom and Jo
by Julie Anne Peters
Nick is strongly affected when his birth mother and her wife, Jo, begin to experience marital strife.
My Mixed-Up Berry Blue SummerMy Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer
by Jennifer Gennari
June struggles against the cruelty of her neighbors, who don't want her mother to marry a woman.
My So-Called FamilyMy So-Called Family
by Courtney Sheinmel
Leah will never know her father, because her mother conceived her with help from a sperm bank, but when she discovers the same donor has also fathered other children, she is desperate to learn more about them.
The Higher Power of LuckyThe Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
When Lucky's mother dies, her father arranges for his second ex-wife, Brigitte, to take care of Lucky in her hometown of Hard Pan.
Ballet ShoesBallet Shoes
by Noel Streatfeild
Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are adopted by the eccentric Gum (Great Uncle Matthew) and decide on the surname of Fossil before joining a dance academy and rising to stardom and success.
Lock and KeyLock and Key
by Sarah Dessen
When her mother leaves, Ruby is sent to live with her older sister Cora and her husband, whose standard of living is much higher than what Ruby is accustomed to. 
Journey to an 800 NumberJourney to an 800 Number
by E.L. Konigsburg
After his mother gets remarried, Bo joins his father in selling rides on his camel Ahmed at fairs and conventions.
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