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  • Jennifer Degenhardt Douze ans
  • Jennifer Degenhardt Douze ans
  • Jennifer Degenhardt Douze ans
  • Jennifer Degenhardt Douze ans

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French easy reader for intermediate-high learners. Sarah's life changes drastically when het biological father contacts her.

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One year just after Christmas, Sarah overhears her parents talking - a conversation she is not supposed to hear.  She catches the word, “father,” but wonders why they are whispering? Frédéric is the only father Sarah has ever known since he and her mom married six years ago. Of course, she knows she has a biological father, but her mom never talks about him - and Sarah never asks. All she knows is that he is “away” and doesn’t live near them. But after overhearing her parents’ discussion, she starts to wonder why she has no contact with him. 

At the same time, too, life is becoming more challenging for Sarah in school - academically, but mostly socially. And, after learning what “away” really means, she is faced with a decision that will alter her life. At the age where her friends and cousins are having their bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs (many of which are much more extravagant than the one she knows her parents will be able to afford for her), Sarah is also forced to confront some ugliness that arises with the occurrence of these parties. Feeling like an outsider even in her own community, she begins to question everything about who she is. It’s not until she starts communicating with Daniel that her life changes even more - as if she needs the extra drama. 

In this story, read how a father and a daughter finally learn of each other’s existence and how they navigate that connection in challenging times; ones of overwhelm and danger. Can their newfound relationship withstand the pressures of life?


  • 85 pages of text
  • total number of words: 9000
  • unique words: 550
  • written in present tense
  • written in 1st person singular
  • the story is told alternately from the perspectives of the two main characters
  • Spanish with several Latin-American characteristics
  • setting: hispanic community in an American town

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diversiteit / familie / family / hoofdpersoon is 12 jaar / hoofdpersoon is een man / hoofdpersoon is een meisje / Jennifer Degenhardt / levensles / life lesson / main character is 12 years old / main character is a girl / main character is a man / meerdere hoofdpersonen / multiple main characters / perspective changes / wisselend perspectief
Author Jennifer Degenhardt
Year of publication 2019
Number of pages 110 including the glossary
ISBN 9781733346405
Illustrated --
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