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May 08, 2018

A tween reckons with life, love and loss

By Laura Geringer Bass
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After the sudden death of her beloved father, 13-year-old Briana has more than just her grief to contend with. Her mother has shut down—closing herself off and not wanting to get up or leave her bedroom. Her younger brother, Aaron, is on the autism spectrum and now needs much more of her time. And then theres the issue of her second heart.

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After the sudden death of her beloved father, 13-year-old Briana has more than just her grief to contend with. Her mother has shut down—closing herself off and not wanting to get up or leave her bedroom. Her younger brother, Aaron, is on the autism spectrum and now needs much more of her time. And then theres the issue of her second heart.

As Briana navigates life without her father, she believes she hears him speaking to her through what she thinks is a second heart inside of her. But she’s not always clear about what her father’s messages mean.

It’s hard enough trying to find her way through owning a second heart, but now Briana must pick up the slack where her mother and Grandpa Ben can’t fill in. And in the process, she’s trying to succeed at school and, hopefully, impress that guy she has her eye on.

Throughout The Girl with More Than One Heart, Briana reflects on happier days with her late father—and to be honest, before her brother was born—and those memories propel her to find her own way, to “be her own” (as her second heart tells her) and embrace her new life.

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The Girl with More Than One Heart

The Girl with More Than One Heart

By Laura Geringer Bass
Abrams
ISBN 9781419728822

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