CALLI by Jessica
              Lee Anderson


Fifteen-year-old Calli has just about everything she could want in life—two loving moms, a good-looking boyfriend, and a best friend who has always been there for support. An only child, Calli is excited when her parents announce that they want to be foster parents. Unfortunately, being a foster sister to Cherish is not at all what Calli expected. First Cherish steals Calli’s boyfriend, then begins to pit Calli’s moms against one another, and she even steals Calli’s iPod. Tired of being pushed around and determined to get even, Calli steals one of Cherish’s necklaces. But this plan for revenge goes horribly awry, and Cherish ends up in juvenile detention.

Isolating herself from her moms, her boyfriend, and even her best friend, Calli wrestles with her guilt and tries to figure out a way to undo the damage she’s caused. When her moms are asked to take on another foster child, Calli sees an opportunity to make amends for her past mistakes.

Funny, moving, and emotionally rich, Calli is a portrait of an endearing young woman caught between adolescence and adulthood, striving to do the right thing even when all of her options seem wrong.

Praise for CALLI

2013 Rainbow List Final Nomination

YALSA's Readers' Choice Booklist Nomination

"Calli's household consists of two moms, a devious foster sister, and a whole boatload of deceptions, double crosses and heartache. Here is a tale about telling the truth, about forgiveness, and about making things right, especially for yourself." -- Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath and Keeper

"[The] first-person, present-tense narration wrings emotion at every opportunity." -- Kirkus

"CALLI captures the moments from youth that remain in our hearts forever. Sweet hopes of family and love, betrayal by those closest to us, good intentions gone horribly wrong. CALLI reaches out to readers and fills them with emotions that will leave them thinking about the characters for days to come." -- P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice

“CALLI is a very engaging and insightful story about a teen learning to cope with friends, love, and her nontraditional family.  I love this book.”  Jenny Moss, author of Taking Off, Winnie’s War and Shadow

"This coming-of-age story from Austin writer Jessica Lee Anderson is finely wrought, with emotional twists that will absorb your teen reader."  -- Austin American Statesman


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# ISBN-13: 978-1571317025 (hardcover)
# ISBN-13: 978-1571316998 (paperback)
# ISBN-13: 978-1571318459 (ebook)
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CALLI by Jessica Lee