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Rule of Threes

Rule of Threes

by Marcy Campbell
Publication Date: 05/05/2021

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Mercy Suarez meets The Thing About Jellyfish in this novel about what happens when "perfect" is out of your control.

A classic middle grade story told with honesty, nuance, and depth, in the tradition of Rebecca Stead, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Jerry Spinelli.

How do you share a parent with a stranger?

Maggie's accustomed to leading her life perfectly according to her own well-designed plans. But when Maggie learns that she has a half-brother her own age who needs a place to stay, any semblance of a plan is shattered. Tony's mom struggles with an addiction to opioids, and now she's called upon Maggie's dad – who's also Tony's dad – to take him in.

As Maggie struggles to reconcile her mom and dad's almost-divorce, accept the Alzheimer's afflicting her grandmother, and understand Tony's own issues – ignorance is no longer an option. While Maggie can strive for – and even succeed in – a perfect design, when it comes to family, nothing is perfect, and tackling its complexities is only possible with an open heart.

Heart-wrenching, authentic, and darkly funny, this is a spectacularly written portrayal of the ways we respond to intense change, and proof that no matter the circumstances, the unexpected things are often the best ones.

General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
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Chronicle Books LLC
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United States
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Marcy Campbell

Marcy Campbell's debut picture book, Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse!, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Top 10 Indie Next Pick, Winner of the 2018 Comstock Read Aloud Award, and a winner of the 2018 Crystal Kite Award. A former professional in public relations turned full-time writer, she is also the author of several upcoming picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in northeaster Ohio with my husband, children, a rescue dog named Turtle, and three formerly stay cats.

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