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Publish Date: September 2011
Genre: Young Readers
BY Jessica Lee Anderson
Calli has almost 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 foster a girl her own age. But Cherish is not at all what Calli expected. Cherish lies, steals, kisses Calli’s boyfriend, and seems to get away with just about everything. Tired of being pushed around and determined to get even, Calli decides to take matters into her own hands. But her plan for revenge goes horribly awry. Calli ends up on the wrong side of her moms, her boyfriend, and even her best friend, while she wrestles with her guilt. She is desperate for a chance to make amends, but what if Calli doesn’t get another chance to say she’s sorry?
In this contemporary family drama, fifteen-year-old Calli’s battle with her new foster sister leads to unintended consequences.
In this, her third book with Milkweed Editions, prize-winning author Jessica Lee Anderson explores the perils of adolescence with the humor and compassion of a writer who knows growing up doesn’t always come with easy answers.
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“Here is a tale about telling the truth, about forgiveness, and about making things right, especially for yourself.”—Kathi Appelt, author of Keeper and The Underneath
“Calli is a very engaging and insightful story about a teen learning to cope with friends, love, and her nontraditional family. I love this book.”—Jenny Moss, author of Taking Off and Shadow
“Calli captures the moments from youth that remain in our hearts forever. Sweet hopes of family and love, betrayal by those closest to us, good intentions gone horribly wrong. Calli reaches out to readers and fills them with emotions that will leave them thinking about the characters for days to come."—P. J. Hoover, author of Solstice