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Young Adult Fiction Alternative Family

El blanco

(Bull's Eye)

by (author) Sarah N. Harvey

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2010
Alternative Family, Emotions & Feelings, Parents
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2010
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    Publish Date
    May 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Después de la muerte de su tía, Emily se entera de que todo lo que siempre ha creído es una mentira y su mundo entero se derrumba. Obligada a enfrentar el hecho de que madre no es quien ella creía, Emily trata de descubrir la verdad sobre su pasado y encontrarle sentido al futuro. Para manejar su ira, Emily se vuelca al grafiti y al vandalismo, pero al fin se da cuenta de que la familia es mucho más que solo ADN en común.

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.

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

En la fotografía, mi tía Donna está embarazada, muy embarazada. Mi madre no lo está. Miro a mi madre que llora en silencio con una mano sobre la boca. Llego al baño justo antes de vomitar el desayuno y el almuerzo, y antes de perder completamente la razón.

Editorial Reviews

"Written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers...Teens who enjoy reading books about abuse and acting out against parents will be drawn to this book."

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

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