When fifteen-year-old Shifty moves into a new foster home, with a mother, sister and baby brother, he struggles to find a balance between the independent spirit that has helped him survive and his longing for a place to call home. Both funny and tender, Shifty's misadventures touch on themes of resilience, home, and lost-and-found family.
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(195mm x 130mm x 19mm)
Allen & Unwin
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Nicknamed Shifty, Soli has had to use his survival skills for so long that he has a hard time leaving the streets behind when he lands in his new foster family. When he is confronted with the realization that his new foster mother actually trusts him, he has to decide whether to take advantage of her or to settle in to life with his new family. Juggling a part-time job, caring for a high-needs infant and watching over his foster sister are only the beginning. When Martha, his foster mother, is hospitalized, Soli has to figure out how to keep everything stable while she is away. Soli's good intentions are thwarted by both his own poor judgment and external trials. This combination of personal flaws and situational difficulties create a realistic story that resonates. Smart writing and an engaging narrative keep the story fresh, while an interesting plot will keep readers turning the pages. (Fiction. 12 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Lynn E. Hazen
Lynn E. Hazen's junior novel, Mermaid Mary Margaret (Bloomsbury 2004), was hailed 'a winner' by Kirkus Reviews. Lynn has written a picture book, Buzz Bumble to the Rescue (Bloomsbury 2005); and two young chapter books, Cinder Rabbit and Seymour's Snail Trail (Henry Holt 2008 + 2009)...She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College, an MA in Education at San Francisco State University, and a BS in Applied Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis...Lynn lives with her family in San Francisco. Shifty is her first young adult novel...For more information, visit http://www.ShiftyTheBook.com