Parents are dating
, by Susin Nielsen What happens when two kids are thrust together after their parents move in with each other?That’s what this book attempts to answer when socially awkward but brilliant Stewart and his dad move in with popular Ashley and her mom.The story takes what could be about family drama (with the new engagement and a potential stepsister), and throws it on its head, instead creating a happy, even if unconventional family, with everyone included and welcome.Because of her dad’s famous fiancé, Anna’s natural awkwardness is displayed for everyone, and she wants a change.So Piper hatches a plan to ruin the wedding in order to seek out her missing father. Payne Twelve-year-old Fizzy is an aspiring chef whose life has been sort of tumultuous since her parents’ divorce.Piper’s sense of betrayal and loss is so truthful you can’t help but relate, and her unique voice makes this book hard to put down. But things become particularly hard for her when she receives the simultaneous news that her dad’s new wife is expecting a baby and that her mom plans to marry her boyfriend.It’s with the help from her growing family and friends that Anna learns to embrace her awkward persona.
The book is full of emotion and complexities, and Fizzy’s voice is pitch-perfect.
And then what happens after the remarriage, when there is a new stepparent?
It’s a hard, big question, so we’ve compiled 5 middle grade books about parents dating and remarrying to help kids adjust to a big change, and maybe feel just a little less alone.
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