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  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / General (see also headings under Family)
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Cousin Cycle
  • Series Number:4
  • Pages:265
  • eBook ISBN:9780985554095

How Not to Cry in Public & Other Victories

by Jean Stringam View author's profile page

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Overview
How far would you go to find your family? They could be amazing, or they could be people you don't want to know. When the evidence doesn’t add up, and without a reliable guide, seventeen-year-old Brenna makes mistakes in judgment that cost her dearly. Who knew hunting for your birth parents could be hazardous to your health?
Description
When Brenna Walker suffers a devastating emancipation her senior year of high school, she sets off on an undercover search for her missing relatives. Over a series of visits with her mother Brenna asks the name of her birth father and why her uncle raised her. Meanwhile, hoping her mother will help her, Brenna continues the hunt for family members, arranging to meet them incognito so as to ascertain why her uncle didn’t want her to know them, or if he didn’t want them to know her. When the evidence doesn’t add up, and without a reliable guide, Brenna makes mistakes in judgment that cost her dearly. During the year’s journey, a handful of temporary jobs, some amazing cousins, and a summer romance take her to an explosive family reunion where she sees all their true colors.
About the author
Jean Stringam has worn many hats, from piano teacher to English professor and from member of SAG to member of SCBWI. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she has lived in half a dozen US states, plus England, France, and China. Her definition of home is wherever the people she loves happen to live. She thinks stories are wonderful because you can live everywhere you can imagine and be anyone you can envision.
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