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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Thirteen-year-old Stewart has always wanted a sister, but after his mom dies of cancer he doesn't think it is possible. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is angry at the world and cares only about holding her place of popularity at school. When Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom, there is instant friction. Ashley is horrified by the socially clueless boy living at home and worries he will reveal the real reason her dad moved out. Stewart just wants friends and a family, but doesn’t know how to manage it.

Told from alternating points of view, this bittersweet coming of age story shows all the pleasant and painful sides of growing up. It illustrates both the beauty and complexity of human relationships and those difficult teen years. An entertaining story many readers will connect with.

Recommended ages--12 and up


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