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Take Me With You

By Carolyn Marsden

Hopes of adoption test the friendship of two girls-one biracial-in a lyrical novel touching on themes of identity and the meaning of home.

Pina and Susanna. Susanna and Pina. For as long as they’ve lived at the Istituto di Gesù Bambino — a home for babies abandoned after the War — they have been best friends. As children, they played rag dolls under the watchful eyes of the nuns and hide-and-seek among the lemon trees on the rooftop terrazzo overlooking Naples. But now strangers are coming to the chiesa, couples hoping to adopt children. Susanna thinks Pina — pale, pretty Pina with her gleaming yellow braid — will be adopted at once. Susanna, on the other hand, is a mulatta. Her father was an American soldier, a nero. No Italian has hair or skin like hers. But when a surprise visitor comes to the istituto just to see Susanna, will the friends be separated after all? Or will a miracle make both of their dreams come true?

  • Historical, multicultural, lyrical middle-grade fiction about friendship in the face of adversity
  • Of interest to adoptees, nontraditional families, and any child who has struggled with questions of family, race, and identity
  • Richly evoked setting. Carolyn's portrait of post-war Naples--from the lurking threat of Vesuvius to the food and religious traditions - really transports readers to another time and place

About the author

Carolyn Marsden is the acclaimed author of many novels for young readers. She has a master of fine arts in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in La Jolla, California.

ISBN: 9780763637392
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Dimensions: 133 x 177mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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