Between Families is a contemporary realistic fictional coming of age story set against the backdrop of an institution. It it, Seffra Morgan, a tween girl from south Saint Louis, grows up alternately abused and neglected. While her mother is less than perfect at parenting, she loves her daughter. Still, she is unable to keep Seffra safe, and Seffra ends up in some sticky situations. Part I is about the relationship between Seffra and her mother. In part II, Seffra is removed from her home and lives in a residential treatment facility. What Seffra wants more than anything is her mother. She wants her mother's approval, her attention, her care, and to be with her. Between Families is about Seffra's difficult struggle for identity. Seffra wants to be loved and cared by her mother. But a lot of life gets in the way of what she wants and she has to figure out how to survive anyway.
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Praise for Between Families
"I was very impressed by the voice of Seffra. She is bold and honest; scared but strong. I appreciated her honesty and thoughtfulness throughout the storyline. Voice is so important to me when I am reading any novel and this author was extremely successful in this area."
"It's never easy to write about things that dig deep into uncomfortable places, but this author showed her bravery through the character of Seffra."
-Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
"I read this book for the first time during my senior year of high school. Senior year is a hell of it's own, especially when you're adding in the stress of college and the big question "What do you want to do with your life?" I hated that question. I had just dropped my life long dream of becoming a veterinarian and I had no clue what I wanted to do. Until I read this book. I was hooked from the first page and I read every chance I got. This book truly helped me figure out what I want to be in this world. I am now a junior in college and I am on my way to becoming a therapist for children in group homes and social services. I read Seffra's story and I knew that that's what I wanted to do, help kids like her who need someone to love them and be on their side. I am so happy to have found this book. I recommend it to people all the time (I'm a college student, so when I get asked what I want to do after school I tell this story, so as you can imagine this book gets a LOT of hype from me). I always have my copy out in the open where I can see it every day so that when things are getting tough with school I can look at it and think, "This is why you're here, this is why you're doing all of this and taking these classes, it will all be worth it in the end and more. You can do this." I highly recommend anyone and everyone to read this amazing story. You won't be able to put it down, and I hope that you all will love it as much as I do."
-Sam Rice, college student