Courtney Sheinmel


My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel

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My So-Called Family

Leah Hoffman-Ross just moved to New York and she wants her new friends to think she's a typical thirteen-year-old. But Leah has a secret: she doesn't have a father, she has a donor. Before Leah was born, her mother went to Lyon's Reproductive Services and picked Donor 730. Now her mother is married and Leah has a stepfather and a little brother. Her mom thinks that they should be all the family Leah needs.

Despite her attempts to fit in and be normal, Leah can't help but feel like something is missing. When she finds the link on the Internet to the Lyon's Sibling Registry, Leah knows she has to see if she has any half-siblings. And when she discovers that one of the other kids from Donor 730 is a girl her age, Leah will do anything to meet her – even if she has to hide it from everybody else.

What people are saying:

"A thought-provoking and compelling debut, challenging readers to consider, 'What makes a family?'" - Cynthia Lord, author of Rules

"This story rocks - it's warm, insightful, and utterly un-put-down-able." - Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl

"A solid story, providing a fresh take on an issue that's rarely addressed." - School Library Journal

"Smart, original, and full of vitality." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Her premise is original, and her involving story will invite readers' consideration of the ever-changing meanings of that word family." - Booklist



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