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Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart

Dylan is sixteen when she first meets her father, who is looking for a donor match for his sick toddler.

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ISBN 9781554693900
Barcode 9781554693900
Published 1 July 2012 by INT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Stevenson, Robin
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ISBN-13 9781554693900
ISBN-10 155469390X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher INT BOOKS
Imprint Orca Book Publishers,Canada
Publication Date 1 July 2012
International Publication Date 1 April 2012
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Stevenson, Robin
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Personal Awareness & Social Issues
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Body & Health
Family, Home & Self Help
Number of Pages 280
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 180mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 360g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Father and child, Donation of organs, tissues, etc
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 259614

Description of this Book

Sixteen-year-old Dylan has never met her father. She knows that her parents were just teenagers themselves when she was born, but her mother doesn't like to talk about the past, and her father, Mark, has never responded to Dylan's attempts to contact him. As far as Dylan is concerned, her family is made up of her mother, Amanda; her recently adopted younger sister, Karma; and maybe even her best friend, Toni. And then, out of the blue, a phone call: Mark will be in town for a few days and he wants to meet her. Amanda is clearly upset, but Dylan can't help being excited at the possibility of finally getting to know her father. But when she finds out why he has come--and what he wants from her--the answers fill her with still more questions. What makes someone family? And why has her mother been lying to her all these years?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Junior Library Guild Selection 2012 (United States)
NZ Review Vividly descriptive language enriches the story...[and] a raw and honest tone runs through the novel...Teens will relate to the themes of family, love, trust, and moral obligation. Discussion of abortion, sex, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, underage drinking, and smoking marijuana are included, and under the surface this page-turner invites readers to reflect on decision-making and appreciate the fact that actions have deep consequences. -- (05/01/2012) Fast-paced and sure to keep readers interested...A perfect book for discussion and the topic will appeal to teen readers. -- (06/01/2012) A beautifully told story...Dylan is not a perfect character, which makes her easily relatable for any teenager...Recommended for anyone who likes a good dramatic coming of age story. -- (04/01/2012) A well-written story about a teenager being forced to confront questions about her past, her family, her relationships and her very identity. Dylan is a well-developed, realistic character and teens will be able to relate to her dilemma. Highly recommended. -- (02/29/2012) A very valuable book because of the author's honesty in portraying the teen dynamics with friends and families...Highly recommended for inclusion in any high school or public library collection. -- (09/01/2012) Stevenson takes Hummingbird Heart from just a mirror of a young girl's attempt to understand others as well as herself to a piece of artwork, extensive and colourful, deep and enduring, of choices, wonderful or humiliating, like a tattoo, hummingbird or otherwise. --CanLit for Little Canadians blog (07/25/2012) Stevenson captures the true spirit of Dylan's anger toward both her mother and her father, and the situation in which both parents have placed her...While the issues breeched in this novel are complex and deep, Hummingbird Heart remains an enjoyable read. -- (07/03/2012) The tension this creates between Dylan and her mother is brutal and realistic. Like many teens, Dylan has found emotional safety in keeping distant from others, judging before she can be judged. As Dylan comes out of her shell, she realizes her own power and responsibility in setting the terms of her relationships...Teens who were intrigued with the family drama in Sara Zarr's How to Save a Life (2011) or Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper (2004) will find similarly thought-provoking issues here. -- (05/15/2012) A well-written exploration of complex family relationships...Hummingbird Heart will appeal to teenagers who like realistic drama, and the novel may be useful to parents or teachers who want to start a discussion about teenage sex, pregnancy or drug use. -- (03/02/2012)

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Author's Bio

Robin Stevenson is the author of Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community, which won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. She has also written twenty novels for kids and teens. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit robinstevenson.com.

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