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Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

download-1by Dana L. Davis, 332 pages, Grades 8 and up

Tiffany Sly and her mom were doing fine. They lived in an apartment in the city, Tiffany had friends at school and her mom worked hard to take care of her, but then her mom got sick and things got hard. Before her mom died she told Tiffany not to worry, she would not be alone when her mom was gone; she would go to live with her bio-dad in the suburbs. Tiffany hardly knows her dad; he has another whole family – white wife, and 4 biracial daughters one exactly her age!

When she moves the whole experience is surreal: the suburbs feel isolating – no public transportation, the house feels hectic – so many siblings and at the same time restricting – the family is very religious and there are a lot of rules, and the private school is completely different than her old school – like a movie set or something and almost zero Black kids. To complicate things further, another man contacted her right before the move claiming to be her real biological father. Tiffany can’t help hoping that he might be her real dad because that life would be a lot for familiar than this Twilight Zone where she is right now.

If you enjoy stories about complicated family situations and step-siblings you might also like: Far From the Tree, by Robin Benway, Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, or The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond, by Brenda Woods.