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How to Build a Houseby Dana Reinhardt
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What does it take to build a home that will last?
Harper's dad is getting a divorce from her beloved stepmother, Jane. Even worse, Harper has lost her stepsister, Tess. The divorce divides them just when her best friend, Gabriel, betrays her. Harper decides to get away for the summer and joins a volunteer program to build a house for a family in Tennesee who lost their home in a tornado. Not that she knows a thing about building houses. Soon she’s living in a funky motel and working long days in blazing heat with a quirky, terrific group of kids from all over the country. At the site she works alongside Teddy, the son of the family for whom they are building the house. Their partnership turns into a summer romance, complete with power tools. Learning to trust and love Teddy isn’t easy for Harper, but it’s the first step toward finding her way back home.
* “A thoughtful treatment of what it means to rebuild, not just physical structures, but also lives and families.”—School Library Journal, Starred
When her father divorces her beloved stepmother and leaves her without her stepsister, Tess, Harper decides to join a volunteer organization to build houses for tornado victims, but struggling to figure out her role after her arrival, Harper is befriended by Teddy who inspires her to love and trust once again. Reprint.
Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.
About the Author
Dana Reinhardt, a prize-winning author, lives in San Francisco with her husband and her two daughters. This is her third novel. You can visit her at www.danareinhardt.net.
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