Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell (Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2006).
13-year-old Ronnie has been bounced around foster homes since her mom and brothers left her two years before. Now she's being given a last chance with a new foster mother, a single woman who is a therapist and who really seems to care about helping Ronnie settle down and learn to trust. Ronnie has one friend--an outsider like herself who has a bad home life, but Ronnie would rather be friends with the popular girls, who turn out to be not that great. Ronnie struggles with her old behavior patterns--lying and stealing--and then agrees to help her old friend avenge the popular girls, with catastrophic results. She also faces a life-changing decision when the mother who abandoned her says she wants her back. Should Ronnie believe she has changed, or stay with her new mother, who seems much more trustworthy?
Language, sexual situations. Good for grades 6 & up.
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