My So-Called Family

My So-Called Family

For Ages: 9 - 12
Leah's mother underwent in-vitro fertilization from a donor bank to have Leah. Later, she married and had a child with her husband and as much as Leah loves her new family, she can't help but wonder about her real father. Who is he? Did he father other children through in-vitro? So against her mother's wishes, Leah decides to try and track down her donor father and half-siblings. This puts a very timely spin on the classic adoptive sibling story.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416979425 | 
  • September 2009 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7 | 
  • Lexile HL680
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Courtney Sheinmel
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Courtney Sheinmel

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of All the Things You Are, Sincerely, Positively, and My So-Called Family. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, part of Columbia University, and attended Fordham University School of Law. Courtney lives, works, and writes in New York City. Visit her at


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Courtney Sheinmel
Q. how did you come to write My So-Called Family?

A. The idea for My So-Called Family came, mostly, from "The Today Show." I watched Matt Lauer interview a bunch of women who had used the same donor to have children. Their kids later found each other on the Donor Sibling Registry. I started to wonder what it would be like to one day meet siblings you hadn't known existed. That's when the character Leah was born.

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