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Hopkins, Ellen.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013
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Pattyn is the eldest of seven sisters and one baby brother (the only one her father considers important).  Her alcoholic father beats her and her mother and is cruel to all of his daughters, but Pattyn keeps trying to earn his love and approval, even as she knows she never will.   

At the end of Burned, we left Pattyn sitting on a freeway overpass, considering the options for her future, a future that had briefly looked full of love and acceptance, but was once again destroyed by her father.  Now tragedy has again struck the von Stratten family and Pattyn is on the run, leaving her sister Jackie to try to pick up the pieces at home.  Told in verse, alternating between the two sisters, Smoke continues the story of a broken family and the two girls’ quests for someone to love them and for the proof that they are deserving of love in spite of what they have always been told by their father.  (Book Talk Author: Julie Richards, Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:    Grief -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.
                        Runaways -- Fiction.
                        Mormons -- Fiction.
                        Novels in verse.

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