What I Call Life

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9780805076691
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Reader reviewed by Amanda

What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson is the story of Cal Lavender (you must read the book to find out her full name, it's quite amusing) and her introduction to the foster care system. Cal's mother, Betty, has one of her "episodes" in the local public library and after the police are called, Cal is sent to live in a girl's group home run by The Knitting Lady. There she meets four young girls and an old lady that change her life completely, though Cal fights it tooth and nail.


I really enjoyed this book, especially the Knitting Lady's stories that were told to the girls at different points in the plot line. As annoying as she was, I think my favorite character was Whitney simply do to her boisterous nature and her trueness in character. This novel was very similar to the Nikki Grimes book I read last week, The Road to Paris, but with a funnier and edgier tone. Both are great books and I would certainly recommend both. I had never read anything by this author before, but will look for more in the future.
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