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November edition. The write-up says, in part, "The themes of friendship
and resilience shine through in the girls' weekly tree house meetings as
they openly discuss and work through the problems they face."
Stepfamily Angst in Tween Novel
That’s what five middle-school girls feel like in their complicated
families full of stepparents, half-siblings and other sorta-relatives.
But if they feel like misfits in their own families, they find they fit
right in with each other. Tricia, Leighton, Hope, Mei and Elizabeth form
The Right-Under Club to commiserate about their family problems and offer
each other support.
West Point native Christine Hurley Deriso writes
about their angst, optimism and resilience in her third book, The
Right-Under Club, published in July by Random House imprint Delacorte
“I didn’t grow up in a stepfamily, but I created one as an adult,” says
Christine. “I felt such empathy for my stepson, wondering what it must be
like to adapt to instant families when parents divorce and remarry. What a
huge adjustment that must be.”
Christine’s stepson, Graham, is all grown up now, but her two teenagers,
Greg and Julianne, help keep her firmly attuned to the tween audience she
“I dedicated the book to Julianne, calling her my ‘editor’ who keeps it
real,” Christine says. “She’s always reading over my shoulder as I’m
writing, telling me if the dialogue rings
true or if the storyline sounds believable.”
It was Christine’s first novel, Do-Over (Delacorte Press, 2006) that
cemented her love of writing for tweens. The novel, about a 12-year-old
with the power to turn back time to relive embarrassing moments, “was
pretty cathartic,” Christine says. “We all have those adolescent moments
that make us cringe, and I loved creating a fictional character to take
the sting out of the experiences. I like giving kids a chance to step back
from their problems and see the humor and universality in their
circumstances. My novels are kind of an homage to what my parents used to
tell me: ‘This, too, shall pass.’”
Visit Christine’s Web site (www.christinehurleyderiso.com) for updates
about book signings, author visits and other events.
To visit Christine's first book web site, "Dreams
to Grow On", click here. To visit Christine's
second book web site, "Do-Over", click here.