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category: Young Adult Fiction
published: Feb 2016
ISBN:9781459808188
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Spirit Level

by Sarah N. Harvey

tagged: dating & sex, alternative family, siblings
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Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor, until now. Feeling adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives. The first girl she meets is fifteen–year-old Lucy, an effervescent half-Japanese dancer. Then she meets Meredith, a troubled girl who is always accompanied by her best friend, Alex. Harry and Alex are attracted to each other, much to Meredith's chagrin, and when it becomes clear that Meredith is an accomplished liar, Harry makes it her business to figure out what Meredith is up to. In the course of her investigation, she discovers a lot about Meredith, but the biggest shock is not about Meredith, it’s about Alex, who was born female. So now Harry must deal with not only her growing attraction to Alex, but also Meredith’s hostility. As decisions are made around whether to contact their donor, the three donor sisters negotiate their relationship and Harry tries to figure out what she really wants.

About the Author
Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as a children's book editor. For more information, visit www.sarahnharvey.com.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100

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Spirit Level

Harriet (known as Harry) is a donor-conceived child who has never wanted to reach out to her half-siblings or donor—until now. Feeling adrift after a breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Harry tracks down her half-siblings, two of whom are in Seattle, where Harriet lives.

This young adult novel explores issues of family and self-discovery. Adolescents will respond to the dilemmas and questions Harriet, known as Harry, faces when she explores her family history. Issues of race, gender identity, and second chances will challenge and inspire high school students to read and discuss in an English class.

Also available: Three Little Words by Sarah N. Harvey

Authors available for class visits.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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