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Bull's Eye [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
Seventeen-year-old Emily receives a parcel from her recently deceased Aunt Donna and carefully examines its contents as her mother, Sandra, watches. Emily feels confused and angry when she finds a 17-year-old photograph depicting a very pregnant Aunt Donna and a non-pregnant Sandra. Desperate for answers, Emily sets out on a fact-finding mission to uncover her lineage. Emily returns home a few days later and finds an unkempt Sandra. Later Emily is arrested for painting concentric circles representing herself and her biological parents on public property. In lieu of jail, Emily does community service where she meets an abused seven-year-old girl named April. With Sandra's blessing, Emily begins the evaluation process to become April's foster sister. Harvey's well-written novel, narrated in the first person, is a coming-of-age story that has a painful beginning and a joyful ending. Emily feels compelled to search for the truth after being lied to by her mother throughout her young life. Emily's journey takes her from the depths of despair to the summit of self-discovery. This title is an inspirational read for anyone who has been deceived by a loved one. Reviewer: Mary Jo Edwards
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"This contemporary theme in less than 100 pages with eye catching cover art will appeal to teenage reluctant readers."
CM Magazine
"Employs the first-person, present-tense narrative to good effect. Recommended."
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"Harvey has written a fast-paced and interesting novel."
TeensReadToo.com
"Very good and an easy read...I recommend it."
The Horn Book Guide
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554695850
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah N. Harvey is the author of eight 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. Her novel, The Lit Report, has been optioned for a feature film. She will not be in it. Sarah works as an editor in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is determined to learn how to salsa dance, speak Italian and overcome her fear of flying (in no particular order).
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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Umm

    I am doing this 4 fun

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Emily's life-changing news

    Emily's life explodes when she discovers that her aunt, recently deceased, was actually her mother. She embarks on a journey to find meaning to her life. Her anger leads her to paint bulls-eyes on a school building. While the plot jumps around a bit, teens who gravitate to books about abuse and acting out against parents will enjoy it.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Kelly for TeensReadToo.com

    Imagine you wake up one morning to find out that the person you've been calling your mom, really isn't your mom. Instead, she's your aunt, and your real mom is dead. <BR/><BR/>In the book BULL'S EYE, that is exactly what happens, and it sends Emily on a journey to find out who her real dad is, and find out who her mom was. Little does she know the secret that lies between her real mom and dad when she visits the school her mom used to go to. <BR/><BR/>When she returns to school after unraveling her past, she is mad at everyone and everything. To relieve herself, she goes to the school and starts drawing graffiti on all the walls, and she makes them bull's eyes. She does this for awhile until she gets caught. <BR/><BR/>To keep her from being in the court system they gave her a buddy to talk to. Her name is April. Emily could tell there was something wrong with April, but she wasn't sure what. She soon learns that April's dad abuses her, but can't find a way to tell anyone. <BR/><BR/>Will she eventually find the courage to speak out about this? <BR/><BR/>BULL'S EYE is very good and an easy read, and I recommend it.

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