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Fingerprints of You

Fingerprints of You

For Ages: 14 and up
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A teen embarks on the road trip of a lifetime in this authentic, beautifully written debut novel that Judy Blume says is “sure to appeal to both teens and adults.”

Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.

On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.

Lyrical and moving prose, from an original voice whose writing Judy Blume calls “luminous,” deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442429215 | 
  • August 2013 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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Author Kristen-Paige Madonia reveals the inspiration for her authentic, beautifully written debut novel FINGERPRINTS OF YOU, in which a teen embarks on the road trip of a lifetime.

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Fingerprints of You
By Kristen-Paige Madonia


About the Book
Lemon Williams was raised buried in the shadow of her free-spirited mother, Stella, and, consequently, her childhood was spent on the move—dodging disasters and mastering the art of packing up apartments, of being the new kid, and of leaving the past behind.

But when Lemon begins her senior year at another new school, she realizes she’s taken an inescapable part of their last life with them: she’s pregnant. In an attempt to fill in the gaps of her history and to avoid repeating Stella’s mistakes, she decides she must set things right by going in search of her father, a man she has never met. So as new life grows inside her, Lemon boards a Greyhound bus and heads west to San Francisco in hopes of freeing herself from her childhood mishaps and discovering the true meaning of family.

HC: 9781442429208
PB: 9781442429215
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Prereading Questions/Activities

• How do you define a traditional or conventional family versus a nontraditional family? What are the benefits and/or challenges of each?
• How are stereotypes created, and how can they be dangerous?
• Do you believe teen pregnancy inevitably “ruins” a young person’s life? Explain.

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About the Author

Kristen-Paige Madonia
Photograph by Christopher Gordon

Kristen-Paige Madonia

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the recipient of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship and the New Orleans Literary Festival/Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. She is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach MFA program, and her short fiction has been published in New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, and Sycamore Review, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing. Visit her at KristenPaigeMadonia.com.

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