Teenage twins Ysabel and Justin Nicholas are lucky. Ysabel's jewelry designs have already caught the eyes of the art world and Justin's intelligence and drive are sure to gain him entrance into the most prestigious of colleges. They even like their parents. But their father has a secret - one that threatens to destroy the twins' happy family and life as they know it.
Over the course of spring break, Ysabel and Justin will be forced to come to terms with their dad's new life, but can they overcome their fears to piece together their happy family again?
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House, Inc.
Hardcover edition released May 8th, 2012
Happy Families has made the ALA's 2013 Rainbow Project List
Happy Families has been included in ALA's 2013 Rainbow Project Final Nomination List
What people are saying about HAPPY FAMILIES:
Horn Book says, "...a worthwhile contribution to LGBTQ literature."
Colleen Mondor says, "There are a thousand different ways in which this story could be told wrong, where overwrought emotion or misplaced sympathy could turn it into a potentially salacious afternoon special, but with a deft hand Davis tackles not just the confusion inherent in the topic but the bigger issue of teen frustration over parental decisions."
Laura Salas calls this, "One Book I Love"
Sarah, of Slatebreakers, says, "to read this amazing, loving book about this family was really wonderful...."
Claire Martin, in the Denver Post, says, "Davis pulls no punches...."
April, of Good Books and Good Wine, says that Happy Families "isnít one of those happy go lucky swoonfest contemporary books, but more of a letís learn something so we can grow up and not be jerks contemporary books."
Rowena, of The Book Scoop, says, "My eyes ate up every word in this book...."
Ashley Perez says, HAPPY FAMILIES is the antidote to the "I'm Christian unless..." disease
School Library Journal Printz blogger Sarah Couri says, "This is the book that I walked out of there the most excited to read."
Kirkus reviews Happy Families.
Richie's Picks says, "The exceptional quality of the writing here, the sensitivity and intelligence of the writing here, the consistently positive nature of the story told here, and the extent to which the story greatly educated me about a topic of which I was quite ignorant, without ever once becoming didactic, makes HAPPY FAMILIES a book of excellent literary quality that is unquestionably worthy of and age appropriate for placement in middle school and high school collections."