Forever, or A Long, Long Time

Forever, or A Long, Long Time

Book - 2017
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Having shared so many foster homes that they are unable to trust that the family that has adopted them will last, Flora and her brother, Julian, are assisted by their new mother on a journey to resolve their past so that they can build a future.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2017
ISBN: 9780062385680
0062385682
Branch Call Number: jFIC Cart
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jul 20, 2017

This book. I cried, I laughed, I stewed, and I melted. It's about two foster siblings who just cannot possibly believe that they were born into this world. They have no pictures or memories to prove it, and besides, to be born means having a mother and what mother would leave her children? Instead they have creative and beautiful theories of how they came to be. For them, coming to understand their past (that they were born just like everyone else) and their present (that a loving forever family can be their actuality) is extremely difficult. But they are brave enough to try… and we are lucky to see their journey unfold. My favorite middle grade read so far this year.

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marthabwaters
Mar 01, 2017

I loved this one, a lot. It's the story of two kids who spent their first 10-ish years in foster care, who are finally living with adoptive parents and trying to learn more about their past. And it's just so lovely. It reminds me a lot of last year's (very good) "When Friendship Followed Me Home", but this one worked better for me than that one did, for reasons that I can't quite put my finger on. Carter really excels at developing the relationships between Flora and Julian and their adoptive family, and there was nothing about this that ever felt forced or unnatural to me. Every single character in the book felt well-crafted and real. AND IT MADE ME CRY. I loved it; you should read it.

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