Love, Sara by Mary Beth Lundgren

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"From the computer files of Sara J. Reichert:
My life, from the last day of summer vacation,
to almost spring of my Junior year.
No matter what you might have heard,
this is the real story."

Love, Sara is the story of two teenage best friends, Sara and Dulcie. Sara, the narrator, comes from a troubled family and has been sexually abused by her father. After a string of false starts she finally lands in a foster home where people genuinely care about her . Dulcie, who had been adopted as a baby by a close-knit, middle-class family, finds her own life spinning out of control when she and a popular football player fall in love. When his wealthy, bigoted parents learn that Dulcie is pregnant, they throw him out of the house. Without resources, the two come up with a desperate plan. And it is Sara, with the help of her foster mother, who must race against time to try to prevent her friends' impending suicide.

This fast-paced and powerful novel is told through e-mail exchanges between the two friends, through Sara's journal entries, her school essays, newspaper clippings, poems, and quotations. With vivid characters, Love, Sara is unique in its narrative form and honest and forthright in the themes it presents.

About Mary Beth Lundgren

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Mary Beth Lundgren lives with her husband in Cape Coral, Florida. Nancy Shaw is the author of the popular "Sheep in a Jeep" and its sequels. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. She and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have two grown children. Howard Fine is the illustrator of several books for children, including the highly successful "Piggie Pie!" He studied at Bucknell University and the Philadelphia College of Art. Mr. Fine lives in White Plains, New York, with his wife and three children.
Published October 1, 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Sara finally begins to do well in school, especially in her creative writing class, and enjoys her nightly e-mail conversations with Dulcie.

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Through a series of e-mail exchanges, diary entries and fiction penned by an intelligent narrator, Lundgren (We Sing the City) shapes a fast-paced and emotionally layered novel about a troubled high school junior living with a foster family.

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