Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

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Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest Moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and instead of having two Moms to turn to for advice, he has no one.

Nick's emotional struggle to redefine his relationships with his parents will remind readers that a family's love can survive even the most difficult times.

About Julie Anne Peters

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Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Keeping You a Secret, Between Mom and Jo, Define "Normal," Far from Xanadu, and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist.
Published December 17, 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Age 13: Jo and Mom splitting up, Jo leaving behind a crushed and desolate Nick.

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While Nick and his mothers do deal with discrimination (his third-grade teacher does not hang up the family picture he drew, for example), they have all too normal troubles as well, such as Jo's alcoholism, Erin's breast cancer, and eventually Erin's budding relationship with another woman.

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Teen Reads

But his family is anything but "traditional" --- Nick has two lesbian moms.

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Common Sense Media

There is some heavy stuff: Jo is an alcoholic, Erin has breast cancer -- and then there is the main crisis: They split up, leaving Nick sad and angry (and Jo without any rights).

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