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The Names They Gave Us
Contributor(s): Lord, Emery
ISBN: 1619639580     ISBN-13: 9781619639584
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2017
Annotation: Looking forward to working at Bible camp alongside her boyfriend, Lucy struggles with her affections and her faith in the wake of her mother's cancer recurrence and switches to working at a camp for troubled kids, where among diverse co-workers she manages the emergence of family secrets and pursues a different understanding of grace.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Faith; Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016024917
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 388 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 8 Up—Lucy seems to have a normal and uncomplicated life; she has loving parents, an attentive boyfriend, and good grades, and she is the captain of the swim team. But on the night of her junior prom, she learns that her mother's breast cancer is back and that she will need a mastectomy. Lucy's mother is the center of her universe, and this realization makes Lucy question her faith, which she has always relied upon. Her doubts form the core of the book. Outwardly, Lucy has it together, but still her parents decide that she won't be a summer camp counselor at the family's church camp but instead will work at the "hippie" camp across the lake. They want her to make friends, see the lives of others, and not obsess about her mother's cancer and chemotherapy. The "hippie" camp is a retreat for children with difficult home lives. Lucy's experiences there illustrate her naïveté about the world around her, which might become tedious for some readers, but other times her maturity and compassion toward others are spot-on. This small character inconsistency should not be a problem for most. VERDICT This solid coming-of-age story with family drama and personal growth is a must-have for libraries with Jenny Han and Jennifer Niven fans.—Lisa Nabel, Tacoma Public Library, WA

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