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What We Keep is Not Always What Will Stay

Title

What We Keep is Not Always What Will Stay

Authors

Amanda Cockrell

Publisher

North Star Editions

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780738726151

Pages

264 pages

Genre

magical realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Angie never used to think much about God—until things started getting strange. Like the statue of St. Felix, her secret confidant, suddenly coming off his pedestal and talking to her. And Jesse Francis, sent home from Afghanistan at age nineteen with his leg blown off. Now he's expected to finish high school and fit right back in. Is God even paying attention to this? Against the advice of St. Felix (who knows a thing or two about war), Angie falls for Jesse—who's a lot deeper than most high school guys. But Jesse is battling some major demons. As his behavior starts to become unpredictable, and even dangerous, Angie finds herself losing control of the situation. And she's starting to wonder...can one person ever make things right for someone else?

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Divorce; Step parent; Physical disability; Mental illness; divorced parents; step father; amputation; adult without a leg; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

step father

Awards

Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2011

Keywords

military; war; toxic relationship; Afghanistan; church; religion; Christianity; searching for answers; spiritual crisis; suicide

Diversity Impact

indirect

What We Keep is Not Always What Will Stay

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