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Author: Bass, Laura Geringer
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781419728822
Grades: Grades 7 to 9

The Girl With More Than One Heart

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Author Laura Geringer Bass writes a deeply moving story about death, grief, family and growing up, in this unique tale based on her own memoir. She weaves moments of loneliness, grief and loss with threads of ironic humor, anger, and memories into the poignant story about Briana, an eighth grader who is mourning the sudden demise of her father while navigating the trials and tribulations of middle school. Briana must deal with the loss of her father, a mother suffering from crippling depression, a brother on the autism spectrum, a wise grandfather, losing her best friends, plus a first romance. To handle these profound issues, Briana imagines a second heart growing in her belly that allows her to communicate with her father, drawing on this to find strength and purpose. This imaginative and emotionally riveting plot with strong characterization will appeal to mature middle school and young adult readers looking for a realistic novel.

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