Stepping Stones

Jen is used to ot getting what she expects. So suddenly moving to the country and getting new stepsisters should n't be oo much of a surprise.

Jen did not ant to joi the city. She did not expect to move to a farm with her da and her om 's new stepfathe, Walter. She did not intend to leave her friends and her mo.

Most of all, Jen did not ask to et new " sisters, " Andy and Reese.

If learning new chores on Peapod Farm was n't hard enough, then having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to mak up with the customers at the local farmers' market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family... and where she fits in.
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Stepping Stones
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Published May 5th 2020 by Random House Graphic

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Likewise there are also lots of kids experiencing the growing pains of a blended family or that annoying new boyfriend that their mom has introduced into their life like Jen. I hated her little refuge up in the hay mow of the barn.

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Stepping Stones is beautiful, semi-autobiographical graphic novel for middle grade readers about coping with change and difficult family circumstances, finding your confidence at an awkward age, and the power of sisterhood.

Jen 's life has suddenly changed dramatically.

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In graphic novel for middle schoolers, the normalizing of Walter 's behavior and punishment of Jen for speaking up for herself can be harmful.

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he las part I didn ’ t like was her stepfather ’ s ceaseless petty meanness and total disregard of Jen ’ s feelings ( and everyone just ... letting him get away with it).

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Stepping Stones is the completely adorable story of Jen, a bo who, after her parents' marriag, is allowe to move with her aunt and her grandmother 's boyfriend from NYC to an upstate farm.

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