Forever, or A Long, Long Time

Forever, or A Long, Long Time

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3 starred reviews * A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 * A New York Public Library Top Ten Books for Kids pick * An ALA Notable Book * 2018 NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor Book

From rising star Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars, comes a captivating and heartfelt story about siblings who learn that love can never be divided, only multiplied.

Flora and her brother, Julian, don't believe they were born. They've lived in so many foster homes, they can't remember where they came from. And even now that they've been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe that they've found their forever home.

So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past--for only then can they really begin to build their future.

Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, Kathryn Erskine's Mockingbird, and Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062385680
Branch Call Number: J FIC Carte
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 24, 2018

Foster children, Flora and Julian have always been together. It does not matter how many foster homes she and her brother have been to, they continue to stay together. Now that they have found a permanent home, they are very excited and they are happy. She gets to trust and love two more people. But when her new mom announces another child, Flora isn’t sure she is happy. What if her new family loves the baby more than her? What if she doesn't get enough love? Join Flora and Julian as they explore their new home and go on many adventures. This book was amazing! Caela Carter tells a wonderful story about two children and their journey through foster homes. I guarantee that you will love the main characters and everything about this book! I recommend this book for ages eleven and older. Rating- 5/5 stars.
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

CatherineG_1 Nov 24, 2017

Flora and Julian are adopted by a mom who has waited for them, forever. Mom has recently married and dad has a child already, Elena. A new baby is also coming.
Each of the children, Flora and Julian have their own problems - Flora finds it difficult to speak or articulate her feelings and Julian hides food.
The children want a sense of belonging. They have no baby pictures so they do not believe they were born. Their mom takes them on a journey to find out their true story and why they have the problems they do.

I love this book because the children learn about their past and are able to express their fears. They also learn that they do belong to their family, forever.

For children aged 6-12. This would be a good book for children who are in adopted and blended families so they too can realise not all families are the same.

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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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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