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What is Real

Title

What is Real

Authors

Karen Rivers

Publisher

Orca Book Publishers

Pages

304 pages

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781554693566

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; Step parent; divorced parents; step father

Annotation

Dex Pratt's life has been turned upside down: his parents have divorced, his mother has remarried, and his father attempts suicide and fails. Dex returns to their small town to care for him. However, he isn't prepared for his father's grow-op or his rotting rented house.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

divorced parents; step father

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

January Magazine Best Books, 2013; Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, 2012, Finalist

Keywords

remarriage; suicidal behavior; caring for family; small town; marijuana; drug abuse

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

What is Real

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