Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Reinhardt, Dana.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2006.
ISBN 0385746989

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Simone's starting her junior year in high school and she really loves her life.  Her parents, her little brother, her friends, and her new crush. Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone's always known she was adopted, but she never wanted to know anything about it. She's happy with her family just as it is, thank you. She learns who her birth mother was--a 16 year old girl named Rivka. Who is Rivka? Why has she contacted Simone? Why now? The answers lead Simone to deeper feelings of anguish and love than she has ever known, and to question everything she once took for granted about faith, life, the afterlife, and what it means to be a daughter.   (Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee 2007-2008)

Booktalk #2

Simone has always known she was adopted.  Her parents never tried to hide it or anything.  But now her birth mother wants to meet her.  Simone has no interest in meeting someone she has had no contact with.  She loves her parents and her brother.  She has her friends and a good life.  There really isn't room for complications like a long lost birth mother.  Her parents are not pushing but she knows they would like to have her meet Rivka.  And she relents and agrees to meet her.  How could she have imagined how she would feel?  And when she learns Rivka's secret, her life will change forever.

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Birthmothers -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Adoption -- Fiction.
                        Terminally ill -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Domestic fiction.

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