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Reason to Breathe

Title

Reason to Breathe

Authors

Rebecca Donovan

Publisher

Amazon Children's Publishing

Pages

466 pages

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9781477817148

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Family violence; death of a father; uncle and aunt raising niece; abusive aunt

Annotation

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She's more concerned with feigning perfection- pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth- at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she's desperate to hide.

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

aunt and uncle

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Goodreads Choice Award, 2010, Nominee, Middle Grade; Goodreads Choice Award, 2011, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

bruises; love; self-worth; bravery; romantic relationship; friendship

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Reason to Breathe

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