My So-called Family

My So-called Family

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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Leah, who was conceived through a donor bank, decides that even though she loves her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother, she wants to find out if she has any other siblings, and sets out to investigate without telling anyone what she is doing.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416957850
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 194 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 12, 2012

Leah's never known her father. Not because he left her mother before she was born, but rather because her mother was artificially inseminated by donor sperm from a man she never met. And for most of Leah's life, that's been fine. Even with her mom marrying her stepdad and having a kid. But then they move into the city, and Leah starts to wonder about her donor and if there are others like her around. This sets her off on a quest for information, one that leads her to start to hive off her life into sections, never sharing everything with anyone. But when the cracks begin to show, Leah must find a way to reconcile this new part of her with the rest of her life. Can she get her mom to understand her need for information?

Author Courtney Sheinmel has twinned the age old teenage search for identity with the modern reality of artificial insemination. She has done so with humanity, rather than sensationalism. Readers will identify with the sense of isolation that Leah feels, because as one character points out, we all have something that makes us less than perfect, that sets us out from the group. This means that we all can understand each other's pain, even if we have never gone through the specifics.

A good tween girl novel.

Aug 15, 2011

It was really interesting to read this book because the topic is so current and real: What about the girl who was conceived as a result of a sperm donor? What does she tell people and how they react, how it makes her feel to have been conceived this way and how finding her 1/2 siblings impacts her are all really interesting questions that are explored in this book.

Jul 24, 2011

great book shows how one girls life can change quickly


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