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Bull's Eye
By author: Sarah N. Harvey
Selling Points: Family, forgiveness
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL770L
Fry Reading Level: 4.3
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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In the photograph, Aunt Donna is very, very pregnant. My mother is not. I look up at my mom and she is crying—silently, with her hand over her mouth. I just make it to the bathroom before I lose my breakfast, my lunch and my mind.

After Emily's aunt dies, Emily learns that everything she has always believed is a lie, and her world crumbles. Forced to face the fact that her mother is not who she thought she was, Emily tries to find the truth about her past and make sense of her future. Turning to graffiti and vandalism as a way to deal with her anger, she comes to realize that there is more to a family than shared DNA.
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2011
"This contemporary theme in less than 100 pages with eye catching cover art will appeal to teenage reluctant readers." - April 1, 2008
"Very good and an easy read...I recommend it."
The Horn Book Guide - April 1, 2008
"With short chapters geared toward reluctant teen readers, this fast-paced text offers unflinching coverage of hot-button topics such as suicide and teen pregnancy."
KLIATT - December 1, 2007
"The interest level is high and the reading level is easier than many books written for the intended audience, so it's a good choice for reluctant readers."
Resource Links - October 1, 2007
"Harvey has written a fast-paced and interesting novel."
CM Magazine - August 31, 2007
"Employs the first-person, present-tense narrative to good effect. Recommended."


YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2008
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2008
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2007


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