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C.W. looks toward the screen door. "I was in this place once where the lady would tie off and shoot up while her old man made us paint the house. And all the other guys did was beat on me."

I look toward the big white front door. "What other guys?"

"This lady is not cooking for two when she can cook for three or four and make more money. Thats how it works, man. Where you been? Theres always other guys."

"Are they ever okay?" I ask.

"This is foster care, man. Nobodys okay."


STRAYS by Ron Koertge. Copyright © 2007 by Ron Koertge. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Koertge, Ron
Candlewick Press (MA)
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Social Issues - Adolescence
Human-animal communication
Situations / Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
foster care;animals;orphans;fiction;teen;ya;orphan;realistic fiction;young adult;boys;loss;friendship;foster children
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Product details 176 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763627058 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'After his parents die in a car crash, 10th-grader Ted is placed in foster care. He is sent to live with the Rafter family, where he gains two foster brothers: C.W. and Astin. Although his new home is only six miles from where he grew up, it feels light years away from his previous life. Ted's birth parents ran a small pet shop and he often believed they cared more for the animals than they did for him; at his old school, his social awkwardness left him friendless. But while Ted finds the Rafters themselves to be a bit odd (Mrs. Rafter keeps a doll in her bedroom, unable to recover from the loss of a child), his new foster brothers like him, especially Astin, a talented mechanic, who mentors him on being more outgoing and approachable. Ted's attempts to come to terms with both his parents' death and his new life are aided by his ability to communicate with animals, which often serves as a source of comfort. A sparrow encourages him to 'think about something else,' and a lion at the zoo suggests, 'What you need, Theodore, is a pride. If you can get some females to hunt for you, that's all the better.' Readers will root for Ted as he learns how to feel comfortable both around other people and in his own skin. Using deft touches of humor and an element of the supernatural, Koertge (Boy Girl Boy) delivers a stirring account of a boy's rise above difficult circumstances. Ages 14-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Ted O'Connor's parents have just died in a fiery car crash, and now he's stuck with a set of psycho foster parents. He's having pretty much the worst year of his miserable life--or so he thinks.
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