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Young Adult Nonfiction 437
Mend A Story of Divorce
(Updated: December 13, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
What worked: Explores one teen's experience of dealing with the divorce of her parents. For those going through a similar situation, this book will help them realize that they're not alone and not to blame. That message is powerful and also helpful.

At times though this tale has a tendency to go way over the top. Also it uses the image of an angel throughout. One teacher's comment about the author being an angel spreading her wings to help is taken literally. When Sophia's parents divorce, it's painful. The illustrations do a great job of showing this pain. After the divorce, Sophia ends up being the one to get her parents to realize that they need to be there for her and her younger brother. Though this works in Sophia's case, others might not be as lucky. I realize this is Sophia's story. If educators use this book in their classes, I would suggest mentioning that though Sophia had a happier ending, not all end that way. Still, this book will help open up the discussion of divorce and co-parenting.

Told in graphic novel format, a teen's experience with the divorce of her parents is sure to open up discussions on the topic.
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1. Explores one teen's experience of dealing with the divorce of her parents
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