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Bull's Eye

by (author) Sarah N. Harvey

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Parents, Alternative Family, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


After Emily's aunt dies, Emily learns that everything she has always believed is a lie, and her world crumbles. Forced to face the fact that her mother is not who she thought she was, Emily tries to find the truth about her past and make sense of her future. Turning to graffiti and vandalism as a way to deal with her anger, she comes to realize that there is more to a family than shared DNA.

Also available in Spanish.

About the author

Sarah N. Harvey is the author of ten books for children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, German and Slovenian, none of which she speaks or reads (although she is trying to learn Italian). Her novel The Lit Report has been optioned for a feature film. She will not be in it. Sarah lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, where one of her goals is to get her heels to the floor in downward-facing dog. Visit for more information.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Long-listed, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks
  • Commended, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Top Forty

Excerpt: Bull's Eye (by (author) Sarah N. Harvey)

In the photograph, Aunt Donna is very, very pregnant. My mother is not. I look up at my mom and she is crying—silently, with her hand over her mouth. I just make it to the bathroom before I lose my breakfast, my lunch and my mind.

Editorial Reviews

"Employs the first-person, present-tense narrative to good effect. Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Very good and an easy read...I recommend it."

"With short chapters geared toward reluctant teen readers, this fast-paced text offers unflinching coverage of hot-button topics such as suicide and teen pregnancy."

The Horn Book Guide

"The interest level is high and the reading level is easier than many books written for the intended audience, so it's a good choice for reluctant readers."


"Harvey has written a fast-paced and interesting novel."

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"This contemporary theme in less than 100 pages with eye catching cover art will appeal to teenage reluctant readers."

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

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