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Lowry, Lois

Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1978.
IL YA RL 5.5
ISBN 0440205417

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Natalie is graduating from high school. Before she goes off to college, she wants to investigate her parentage. She was adopted as an infant. Set in a small Maine town, we experience reactions of Nat's family and friends. Her search takes her to New York City and the smallest Maine towns. She meets youngsters and a dying old doctor. She finds a stranger but she says goodbye to the post that she has found. It was the finding out and not what was found that was important to Natalie.

Booktalk #2

Natalie is seventeen and has everything, a loving family, good looks, and a great boyfriend, but there's a need she needs to fulfill.  She needs to know who her biological parents were and are.  She is able to fulfill this need with the support of her adoptive family and friends.  Follow along with Natalie as she unravels the past to find the grandfather who loved her even before she was born and the woman who gave her life.  (Ruth P Savinda,

SUBJECTS:     Adoption -- Fiction
                        Family life -- Fiction
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction


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