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Children's LiteratureThis novel is a collection of poems detailing the life of a fourteen-year-old girl named Lizzie who desperately wants to find out the story of her adoption. Through her relationships with her friends, potential boyfriend, parents, and two older siblings who are also adopted, the reader learns about the insecurities, questions, and fears that fill Lizzie's mind on a daily basis. By attending school dances, sleepovers, playing basketball for her high school, and sharing her poetry with her parents, Lizzie slowly grows more self-confident and begins to share with those closest to her the secret that she is adopted. In reading each poem, the reader engages in all of Lizzie's emotions, including the process of sharing her secret. Kearney writes in a way that expresses Lizzie's vulnerability and honesty, which further allows the reader to enter her world and identify with her experiences. Kearney writes in part from her own experiences as an adopted child with two older adopted siblings, evoking a level of authenticity that makes it believable. Her style of writing and use of poetry connect strongly with the theme of self-analysis and self-growth displayed throughout the novel. 2005, Persea Books, Ages 13 to 18.