Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi Amateau

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Twelve-year-old Georgia Tate wishes she could stay home in Mississippi forever with her preacher granddaddy and her best friend Ginger. After losing her nana to a heart attack, she desperately wishes she could tell her granddaddy why she can’t possibly move in with Daddy — about the things he does that make her feel so ashamed. With a vivid narrative voice, Gigi Amateau tells an unflinching tale of a sensitive girl caught in the trauma of incestuous abuse. But it is also a story of survival — an ode to the solace of family, the mercy of strangers, and the possibility of hope and healing.

About Gigi Amateau

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Gigi Amateau is the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, Chancey of the Maury River, and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Bon Air, Virginia.
Published May 10, 2011 by Candlewick. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She returns to her grandparents’ home, but when her grandmother dies, her caring grandfather, unaware of the abuse, ignores Georgia’s fear of her father and sends her off to live with him, where the abuse worsens.

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Once Georgia's maternal grandmother (and guardian) brings her home again, the girl's best friend unleashes a secret: Georgia's mother isn't dead, she disappeared soon after trying to kill herself, following Georgia's birth.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Gigi Amateau's debut novel is a story set in the South about a 12-year-old girl named Georgia Tate.

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