Not Quite a Stranger by Colby Rodowsky

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A girl discovers she has a half brother

Charlotte Flannigan (Tottie, for short) leads a conventional life in a conventional family. Her father is a well-respected pediatrician, her mother a popular newspaper columnist, and her younger brother a talkative but otherwise okay kid. But on an ordinary Saturday afternoon, Tottie’s comfortable life is threatened when the doorbell rings. She answers it to find a teenage boy, who looks eerily like her father, standing there. A stranger, but not quite a stranger. His name is Zachary Pearce, and he is her father's – and not her mother's - son.

Told through the alternating perspectives of Tottie and Zach, Colby Rodowsky's novel explores the ramifications of a sudden change in the makeup of a family. Fear, resentment, desperation, and potential for love all surface in this honest and heartfelt story.

About Colby Rodowsky

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Colby Rodowsky is the author of many books for children and young adults, including "Not My Dog," an ALA Notable Book, and "Spindrift," which "School Library Journal "called a "well-paced, affectionate story" in a starred review. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published August 15, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The only real fly in 13-year-old Tottie’s ointment is when embarrassing moments are rendered as “universal truths” in her mother’s newspaper column for the world to read—until 17-year-old Zachary shows up, the spitting image of Tottie’s father.

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However, unlike its predecessor, this story alternates between two points of view, that of 17-year-old Zachary Pearce, who, after his mother's death, seeks out the father he never knew, and that of his 13-year-old half-sister, Tottie Flannigan, who learns of Zachary's existence only after he arri...

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