When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester

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Jenna and Jeremy knew their parents' marriage was in trouble. But no one could have predicted what would come next. Now with Mom dead and Dad in jail, Jenna and Jeremy must re-create a family of their own. But each guards a secret that could send their fragile new lives into a tailspin.
Newbery Honor winner Julius Lester paints a dramatic portrait of a family forced to confront the unimaginable.
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About Julius Lester

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Renowned storyteller Julius Lester lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has won a Newbery Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and many other honors. Geraldo Valério lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 215 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jeremy, 12, and Jenna, 14, alternate first-person accounts of the aftermath of their artist mother’s murder at the hands of their psychologist father, each sorting out his or her relationships with mother, father, and each other.

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"Though his subject matter may be sensational, the author penetrates the minds of two children left motherless by their father's murder of her, in a taut psychological mystery," wrote

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Though his subject matter may be sensational, Lester (Pharaoh's Daughter) penetrates the minds of two children left motherless by their father's murder of

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Just why did that Snake tempt Woman to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?--in order to lead readers ""into a new experience of the Divine."" The quotations from Genesis that open many of the 17 chapters (translated from the Hebrew by Lester) provide a framework from which the au...

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"Though his subject matter may be sensational, the author penetrates the minds of two children left motherless by their father's murder of her, in a taut psychological mystery," wrote PW.

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Though his subject matter may be sensational, Lester (Pharaoh's Daughter) penetrates the minds of two children left motherless by their father's murder of her, to spin a taut psychological mystery.

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