Niner by Theresa Golding

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An adopted child of an indeterminate race gains a greater appreciation of her place within her adoptive family. Macey lives in a racially diverse, struggling neighborhood in Philadelphia. Missing a thumb, she has been nicknamed "Niner" by her classmates. Her talented younger sister, Deena, is the natural child of their Irish American parents. Their mother has failed to return from a trip for almost a year and has not been in contact with the family for months. Macey cannot help but feel partly responsible: she did not turn out to be the "right" kind of adopted daughter, and from the color of her skin to her poor academics, she believes that she has never really fit in. She wonders who her birth parents are and worries that the genes she has inherited are controlling who she is and what she will become. Through a series of events, which all begin with the discovery of a broken locket on her front lawn, Macey comes to see that family bonds are more important than genes.

About Theresa Golding

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Theresa Martin Golding was born and raised in Philadelphia and enjoys using her native city and its surrounding areas as the settings for her novels. She is the author of three young adult novels and the picture book Memorial Day Surprise. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Published November 9, 2009 by namelos. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Twelve-year-old Macey (aka “Niner,” due to the fact that she lost a thumb as an infant) obsesses over her lack of resemblance to her adoptive family and believes that her “bad genes” caused her mother to leave home a year ago.

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Twelve-year old adopted, multiracial Macey has enough trouble for nine lives-and only nine fingers, a missing mother, and an increasingly disturbing web of mystery, bullying, and adult secrets surrounding the discovery of a locket and a menacing stranger.

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