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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 120
Themes: crime, innocence, peer pressure, false accusations, sexual assault
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2014
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
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Fiona’s dad comes home after sixteen months and eight days in jail. Along with her mother and family friends, she awkwardly welcomes him home. Uncle David is there, because he picked Dad up at jail. Dad’s best friend Simon, his wife May and neighbor Elisabeth are also at the house to greet Dad. He’s been away so long, it’s an uncomfortable reunion for Mom and Fiona, who have suffered financially, emotionally and socially in his absence. Even the dog, Honey, isn’t sure about Fiona’s dad anymore.

Fiona’s dad was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Or did he? Fiona thought she knew him. Believed he was innocent. But now that he’s home, her friends, her teachers, even her mom—everyone is treating him like a criminal. Guilty or not, Fiona’s father has ruined everything. When she starts getting lured into the darker side of life, she discovers who her father really is.

Library Media Connection - May 1, 2015
"An easy read...The book touches on sensitive subjects but ones that many readers can relate to."
CM Magazine - October 3, 2014
"The text is accessible to a wide range of readers due to the uncomplicated vocabulary, and it makes use of relevant language that teens can relate to...The relevance of Homecoming and the straightforward nature of the text make it a great read for reluctant readers."
Resource Links - October 1, 2014
"Dakers deals sensitively with the complicated emotional space that Fiona finds herself in."

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