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Under Threat
By author: Robin Stevenson
Selling Points: abortion, threats, relationships, family, lesbians, horses, pro-choice
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2016
Fry Reading Level: 4.2
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Leah’s older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren’t coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn’t—and if she’s right—she could lose her parents.
VOYA Magazine - March 1, 2016
"Stevenson offers an effective portrayal of young adults discussing issues in the history of abortion...[The book] underscore[s] the importance of really knowing and acting on your values, as well as knowing the beliefs of the people you call friends."
Resource Links - February 1, 2016
"Being in a gay relationship is particularly challenging for teens, and especially in a fundamentalist household. But Stevenson...manages to safely and effectively control...combustible topics."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred - January 15, 2016
"Out of the mouths of teens come a most succinct and unabashed argument for reproductive rights...[Stevenson] doesn't preach to readers but allows the conversations to organically arise in familiar circumstances, such as a lovers' quarrel or a family discussing the meaning of safety...A smart, realistic, fast-paced piece of fiction for teens."

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, commended  CA  2016

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