|By (author):||Campbell, Marcy|
|Subject:||JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse|
|Size:||8.12in x 6.09in x 1.03in|
|From The Publisher*||Part family drama, part contemporary thriller,Rule of Threes is a middle grade story about what happens when "perfect" is out of your control.|
An interior design enthusiast, twelve-year-old Maggie Owens is accustomed to living her life according to her own precise plans. But when she learns about Tony, a mysterious half-brother her own age who needs a place to stay, any semblance of a plan is shattered. Tony's mom struggles with an addiction to opioids, and now she's called upon Maggie's dad-who is also Tony's dad-to take him in. On top of everything, Maggie must also come to terms with the Alzheimer's afflicting her beloved grandmother.
While Maggie can strive for-and even succeed in-a picture perfect design, when it comes to family, there is no such thing as perfection. To work through the sudden struggles rocking her world, Maggie must learn the importance of having an open heart.
• A heart-wrenching, authentic, and darkly funny coming-of-age story
• Addresses hard-hitting topics-such as divorce and substance abuse-with care and honesty
• From Marcy Campbell, author ofAdrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Merci Suárez Changes Gears meetsThe Thing About Jellyfish in this compulsively readable novel.
• Perfect for ages 10 and up
• Appeals to those interested in stories about friendship and non-traditional families
• Great for readers who love a bold and self-aware protagonist
|Review Quote*||"I loved this book. It's an honest, empathetic, insightful ode to the resilience of family."-Sara Pennypacker, award-winning author ofÂ PaxÂ|
|Review Quote*||"Complex and stirring. This heartfelt novel shows us that some rules are meant to be broken, and that families can be rebuilt to make room for the people you love."-Sheela Chari, author of Edgar Award FinalistVanishedÂ|
|Review Quote*||"With layered characters and realistic emotions, this book stands out for its honest portrayal of love's challenging terrain. A deeply satisfying read about renewed friendship and reconfigured family."-Rebecca BalcÃ¡rcel, author of Pura BelprÃ© HonoreeThe Other Half of HappyÂ |
|Review Quote*||"A tenderly told story about growing up in a family where everything suddenly seems to be changing. With tons of heart, Campbell tackles the tough issues and shows readers a wider view of what love and family really mean." -Shelley Pearsall, author ofThings Seen From Above|
|Biographical Note||Marcy Campbell lives in Ohio with her family and menagerie of rescued pets. Her writing for adults has been published widely in journals and magazines, including Salon. She is the author ofAdrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse. This is her first novel.|