The Cuckoo's Child by Suzanne Freeman

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Mia Veery wants her family to behave like the families she reads about. They would never include a mother who flies airplanes and trades one husband for another. Or older sisters who dress all in black and read French novels. Or a father who moves his family from Ohio to live in Lebanon, where even the tangy air tastes foreign.

Every day in Beirut, Mia wishes she could live the way kids are living in America in 1962, eating hot dogs, drinking real milk, maybe watching Bonanza on TV. Then her wish comes true, but in a way she'd never intended.

Mia is sent back to the United States, to Tennessee, to stay with an aunt she's never met. During a summer spent longing for her parents and trying to find her place in her new surroundings, Mia figures out a few truths about families and all that they can and cannot be.

Mia Veery is fierce, funny, and finally, indomitable. Her story marks the extraordinary debut of a talented writer.


About Suzanne Freeman

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Suzanne Freeman is a writer who lives in the Texas Hill Country. She was born in Ft. Worth in 1951 and received a journalism degree at UT Austin. Her poetry has appeared in publications ranging from Bird Watcher's Digest to Social Anarchism to The Journal of the American Medical Association. Ominho, which won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for 2005, marks her fiction debut.
Published March 21, 1996 by Greenwillow Books. 249 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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