Out of the Blue

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Douglas & McIntyre, May 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 120 pages
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Never in a million years could Megan have predicted the surprise she gets for her 12th birthday. She first senses something’s up when her organized, never-waste-a-minute mother becomes “this soft, slow person” who sings happy songs. Soon Megan learns why: she has a half-sister. It seems that when Megan’s mother was a teenager, she had a baby who she gave up for adoption. But now she and 24-year-old Natalie have reestablished contact, and Natalie is coming to meet the family. Although Megan’s little sister, Betsy, is thrilled at the idea of being a flower girl in her new big sister’s wedding, Megan is not as enthusiastic. She grows increasingly resentful and anxious as her mother becomes totally absorbed in Natalie. Even more troubling is Megan’s nagging worry that she can no longer trust her parents. If they didn’t tell her about Natalie, can she ever believe anything else they say? As in her previous works, author Sarah Ellis keenly observes the nuances of relationships within families and the effects of change on those relationships.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A warm, loving family helps Megan come to terms with major changes in her life, in a sensitive, empathetic domestic tale. Megan, almost 12, has convinced herself that the secret preoccupying her ... Read full review

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User Review  - stornelli - LibraryThing

After discovering that she has a twenty-four-year-old half-sister, 12 year old Megan finds her life confusing as her mother is trying to include Natalie into the family's life.. Megan’s 6 year old ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Sarah Ellis is the author of sixteen books for young readers, including The Baby Project and Odd Man Out. She has won the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Violet Downey Book Award, the Governor General's Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine and was recently writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library.In 2013 Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, children's literature's richest prize. She was also honored with the 2013 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.Sarah teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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