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Year of Mistaken Discoveries
ISBN: 9781442440227
Author: Cook, Eileen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: January 2014
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Bonding in early childhood with an outsider who shares her adopted status, popular Avery is shattered when her friend commits suicide in the wake of a cruel lie involving her biological family, a loss that compels Avery to find her own birth mother. By the author of The Almost Truth.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Adoption; Fiction.
Birthmothers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013035459
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, High School, Chapter Books
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Avery, who's adopted, is shocked when her former friend, Nora, commits suicide. To honor Nora's memory, Avery decides to search for her birth mother, just as also-adopted Nora had been doing. With the help of Nora's friend Brody, Avery explores her past and learns in the process about who she really is. Complicated feelings, messy relationships, and many lies make Avery's story absorbing.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 November #4)

Avery and her childhood friend Nora used to call themselves Sisters of Choice (both girls were adopted), and they dreamed of finding their birth mothers someday. Since entering high school, Avery and Nora have grown apart, but after Nora overdoses on pills, Avery decides to restart her search for her biological mother in tribute to their friendship. "This was something she couldn't do, so I need to finish it," she tells Brody, another grieving friend of Nora's, who helps Avery turn her investigation into a joint senior year project, much to her adoptive parents' dismay. Cook (The Almost Truth) combines friendship drama, boy troubles, romance, family conflict, and college application stress with a protagonist trying to understand who she really is in the wake of tragedy. Although the resolutions of Avery's conflicts with her parents, friends, and the boys in her life are overly neat, her discoveries are grounded and realistic, and it's easy to identify with her efforts to understand her roots and begin the next chapter in her life. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rachel Coyne, FinePrint Literary Management. (Feb.)

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