Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

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A rich and memorable story from a Coretta Scott King honor award-winning author about a teenage foster girl looking for a place to call home.
Dess knows that nothing good lasts. Disappointment is never far away, and that’s a truth that Dess has learned to live with.

Dess’s mother’s most recent arrest is just the latest in a long line of disappointments, but this one lands her with her baby brother’s foster family. Dess doesn’t exactly fit in with the Carters. They’re so happy, so comfortable, so normal, and Hope, their teenage daughter, is so hopelessly naïve. Dess and Hope couldn’t be more unlike each other, but Austin loves them both like sisters. Over time their differences, insurmountable at first, fall away to reveal two girls who want the same thing: to belong.
Tanita S. Davis, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner, weaves a tale of two modern teenagers defying stereotypes and deciding for themselves what it means to be a family.

About Tanita S. Davis

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TANITA S. DAVIS is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Mare's War, and A La Carte. She lives in Scotland with her husband.

Author Residence: Glasgow, Scotland.

Author Hometown: California
Published February 9, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 8 Up—Dess and Hope are both 15, and their lives have intersected: Dess has moved from a group home to a foster placement, and Hope is her new foster sister. Resentment and distrust immediately flare on both sides, but Davis avoids the trappings of an issue novel about foster care by giving her...

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