DIVerse Families
 
For Keeps

Title

For Keeps

Authors

Natasha Friend

Publisher

Penguin Group

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780670011902

Pages

267 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It's been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that's how Josie likes it. Until one day, they find out that Paul Tucci, Kate's high school boyfriend-the father Josie has never met-is back in town. Josie's mom suddenly turns back into the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie's on the verge of having her first real boyfriend. And when Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci and the past, she begins questioning what she thought she knew, and finds out what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Single parent; single mother

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

Keywords

dating; parents dating; high school; heartbreak; mother daughter relationship

Diversity Impact

direct

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