Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 26, 2011)
About the book
Ten-year-old Destini Daniels is so over foster care. After years of staying with an aunt she barely knows, she’s ready for a change. With a little help, Destini devises the perfect scheme to get her forever family, but when things don’t go according to plan, does she have to give up her dream, or is it a chance at a gift bigger than she ever imagined?
This heartwarming tale of a 10-year-old foster child who dreams of being adopted by the perfect family and living in the perfect home. Destini focuses on wanting everything she doesn't have, and at times those things are unrealistic - but for a 10-year-old who says dreams need to be realistic?
Destini finds that as time goes on, the things she dreamed of were going to come true, but not without a price. As realism rears it's cruel head, she learns some heartbreaking lessons and finds that life and love are different than one plans.
This book should be read by all tweens as it gives a look at the foster care system and how children feel being part of it. The emotional feelings of being displaced and unwanted are well illustrated and makes me feel that the author has had some personal experience with the system.
Don't worry about being overly bogged down with emotions. There are some really happy and warm "fuzzy" parts that balance this out nicely. My only complaint is that the is a focus on materialism. Yes, I do understand that children in the system wish for many things that they don't have - but I think some things were a bit overdone (Of course, this comes from an adult point of view).