The Steps by Rachel Cohn

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"If you think it's hard keeping track of all the Steps in my life, try being me."

"The Steps" in Annabel's life are her "bazillion" stepbrothers, stepsisters, and half siblings. She is spending her Christmas vacation in Australia with her dad and his new family, and she hopes beyond hope that she can convince him to come back to the United States with her.

But as Annabel realizes how much happier her dad is in Australia, she has to reconcile her jealousy of his new family with her desire to be a part of it. Can she share her father with them without losing him entirely?

Annabel's account of her stay in Australia is funny yet tender, and is certain to ring true to anyone with a family that isn't quite traditional. Rachel Cohn, whose perfect grasp of teens' feelings came through so strongly in Gingerbread, now proves that she understands preteens just as well.


About Rachel Cohn

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Rachel Cohn has occasional delusions of Mary Poppins nanny grandeur. A graduate of Barnard College and a secret boy-band fanatic, Cohn lives and writes in Manhattan. She is step free but has two wonderful teenage half sisters who reside in England. Rachel Cohn is the author of Gingerbread, which School Library Journal, in a starred review, called "funny and irreverent reading with teen appeal that's right on target" and which Teen People called "unforgettable.
Published May 19, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two years after the events of The Steps (2003), Annabel and Lucy and the rest of their thoroughly blended families converge on Los Angeles for a summer of angst.

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An oh-so-New-York 12-year-old struggles to sort out her relationship within what might be called the ultimate blended family (the front cover has a helpful diagram of all the relationships).

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When the seventh grader travels to Sydney for Christmas break to stay with Jack and his new family (aka "The Steps"), Annabel plans to "win my dad back" and escort him to New York.

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When she travels from New York to visit her father and his new family in Australia, she has one thought in mind -- to convince him to come back.

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