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Juno meets Under the Tuscan Sun

It's senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she discovers she's pregnant. Her determination to keep her baby is something her boyfriend and mother do not understand. So she is sent to Spain, where she will live out her pregnancy, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple. No one will ever know.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. But as she gets to know Estela, the stubborn old cook, and Esteban, the mysterious young man who cares for the horses, she begins to open her eyes, and her heart, to the beauty that is all around her, and inside her. Kenzie realizes she has some serious choices to make--choices about life, love, and home.

Lyrically told in a way that makes the heat, the colors, and the smells of Spain feel alive, Small Damages is a feast for the heart and the soul, and a coming-of-age novel not easily forgotten.

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"As Kenzie's senior year of high school begins, her beloved father dies suddenly. Her mother's coping mechanisms — pack his things, start a business, join Match .com — push Kenzie closer to her friend Kevin, and by spring, she's pregnant. Kenzie's mother's response (which feels more 1896 than 1996, when the story is set) is to arrange for Kenzie to move to a bull farm in southern Spain, where she'll work until the baby is born and given up for adoption. The wrinkle in this soulless plan is that Kenzie is conflicted; her story is written as a tender, honest letter to her unborn child. Kenzie arrives in Spain sullen and resentful — she's chopping onions with Estela, the farm's cook, while her friends are at the Jersey Shore — and the distance brings her predicament into sharp relief. Estela is a better mother than her biological one; Esteban, the teen in charge of horses, a more standup guy than Yale-bound Kevin. This beautifully written 'summer of transformation' story will have readers feeling as torn about Kenzie's choice as she is. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Amy Rennert, the Amy Rennert Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books. She teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. When she's not writing or teaching, she loves to take photographs and to garden. Beth lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.

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Waney, December 30, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
This book, you guys, is lovely. It takes realistic fiction and gives it a whimsical twist. It takes grief, fear and all other heavy emotions and filters them through the lenses of a beautiful and strange place. This is one of the few instances when the cover of the book totally matches the story inside. I recommend this to you if you want something introspective, quiet and beautiful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399257483
Author:
Kephart, Beth
Publisher:
Speak
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Pregnancy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130711
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As Kenzie's senior year of high school begins, her beloved father dies suddenly. Her mother's coping mechanisms — pack his things, start a business, join Match .com — push Kenzie closer to her friend Kevin, and by spring, she's pregnant. Kenzie's mother's response (which feels more 1896 than 1996, when the story is set) is to arrange for Kenzie to move to a bull farm in southern Spain, where she'll work until the baby is born and given up for adoption. The wrinkle in this soulless plan is that Kenzie is conflicted; her story is written as a tender, honest letter to her unborn child. Kenzie arrives in Spain sullen and resentful — she's chopping onions with Estela, the farm's cook, while her friends are at the Jersey Shore — and the distance brings her predicament into sharp relief. Estela is a better mother than her biological one; Esteban, the teen in charge of horses, a more standup guy than Yale-bound Kevin. This beautifully written 'summer of transformation' story will have readers feeling as torn about Kenzie's choice as she is. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Amy Rennert, the Amy Rennert Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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