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How to Save a Life

Title

How to Save a Life

Authors

Sara Zarr

Publisher

Little, Brown

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9780316036061

Pages

341 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Adoption; Family member death; Single parent; adopting; death of parent; single mother; grief

Main Character

girls

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother

Awards

Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2013 Grades 10-12
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 2012 Language Arts 7-12 Novels

Keywords

interpersonal relations; mothers and daughters; pregnancy; families; Denver, Colorado; family life; mother-daughter relationship

Diversity Impact

direct

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