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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 14 up.
All that Jenny knows about her biological father can be summed up in two words: Donor #142. About seventeen years ago, Jenny's mother used a sperm bank to become pregnant, then fell in love and married. Her husband adopted Jenny, and they went on to have three more children together. They have been great parents, focused on creating a "team" atmosphere in their home. But that does not change Jenny's sense that something is missing. She is the non-athlete in the family, the artist among the non-artistic, the odd one out. Now, at the end of her sixteenth summer, Jenny wants to find out why. She wants to experience a sense of connection to something--or, more particularly, someone. She wants to feel the closeness her twin sisters have with each other. So, when Jenny finds out about a national registry for children born from sperm bank donors, she signs on. Within days, she has found someone she never knew existed: her half-sister Alexa. The two seem to have that deep sibling connection that Jenny wants and all seems well. Then Alexa suddenly arrives for a visit, and Jenny finds that even this stranger connects better with her family than she can. Maybe Jenny's problem with her family is not genetic after all. Emily Franklin has created an engaging novel about a topic that has received wide media attention. Jenny, like most adolescents, is a bit self-centered; she is nevertheless a likeable character. The twist at the end of this book leaves the reader wondering if a sequel will follow. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green