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Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
JE ABERC Abercrombie, Barbara Charlie Anderson
A cat comes out of the night to steal the hearts of two sisters who look forward to his sleeping on their beds, until one day Charlie doesn't come home and they learn a surprising secret about him.
JE Ballard, Robin When I Am a Sister
Papa tells his daughter what will change and what will stay the same after he and his new wife have a baby.
JE Benjamin, Amanda Two's Company
Feeling threatened by the possibility of her mother's remarriage, Maddy copes by planning her own wedding to her lizard friend Little Adam Zurka.
JE Best, Cari Getting Used to Harry
When her mother marries Harry, Cynthia finds that she has to adjust to the changes in her life at home.
JE BOYD Boyd, Lizi Sam Is My Half Brother
A young girl, fearful that her newborn half brother will get all the attention, is reassured of her father's love.
JE Cook, JEan Thor Room for a Stepdaddy
Joey has trouble accepting his new stepfather, but the constant love of his father, mother, and stepfather finally convince him that there is love enough to go around for everybody.
JE GRIME Grimes, Nikki Oh, Brother!
Xavier is unhappy when his mother remarries and he suddenly has a new stepbrother, as well as a stepfather, in his home.
JE Hickman, Martha Whitmore Robert Lives with His Grandparents
Robert is embarrassed to admit to his classmates that he has lived with his grandparents ever since his parents' divorce.
JE Hines, Anna Grossnickle When We Married Gary
Beth still remembers the daddy who went away. Her younger sibling does not, but both of them accept Gary and call him Papa.
JE HUTCH Hutchins, Pat There's Only One of Me!
A young girl describes her relationship to the various members of her family, including her stepfamily, as they all gather to celebrate her birthday.
JE Johnson, Dolores Grandma's Hands
While staying on his grandmother's farm, an African American boy learns that every child needs a home where there's love, even though that love may be rough and scratchy.
JE LEVIN Levins, Sandra Do You Sing Twinkle? A Story about Remarriage and New Family
A boy's parents help him adjust to his new stepfamily when his mother remarries after a divorce. Includes a note to parents.
JE Levy, Janice Totally Uncool
As she describes all the things that are "uncool" about her father's latest girlfriend, a young girl begins to admit that there are some things she likes about her.
JE MILLE Miller, Jenifer Ingerman A Family Has In It the People You Love
"A family is a precious and beautiful thing, no matter what color or size."--back cover.
JE MOORE Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer Daddy's Getting Married
The story of a child whose Mom and Dad are divorced. But now, Dad is marrying somebody else.
JE Ransom, Candice F. We're Growing Together
A girl discovers that it takes time for her to adjust to her new stepfather and that he must also learn to adjust to her.
JE Sanford, Doris My Real Family: A Child's Book About Living in a Stepfamily
After his dad remarries, Danny learns that a stepparent family is not worse or better than other kinds of families, it's simply a different kind of family.
JE SIMON Simon, Norma All Families Are Special
Students in Mrs. Mack's class describe their families--big or small, living together or apart, with two moms or none--and learn why every family is special and important.
JE Steel, Danielle Martha's New Daddy
Five-year-old Martha is troubled by her mother's impending marriage, but talking things over with her understanding father helps her to view the situation with enthusiasm after all.
JE Willner-Pardo, Gina What I'll Remember When I Am a Grownup
During a weekend stay with his father and stepmother, a young boy comes to terms with living with two separate but loving families.
J Danziger, Paula Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
Unhappy over her parents' divorce and her mother's boyfriend Max, nine-year-old Amber finds her schoolwork suffering.
J306.85 Gordon, Sol All Families Are Different
Discusses differences in families in today's society, and what makes each family special.
J306.874 Ford, Melanie My Parents Are Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
Three stepsiblings in a blended family discuss their experiences and those of friends with divorce and remarriage.
J306.874 Hurwitz, Jane Coping in a Blended Family
Because of the high rate of divorce and remarriage, the blended family may well turn out to be the most common form of family. This book discusses the emotional and logistical challenges that can arise when two families become one.
J306.874 MONRO Monroe, Robin Prince I Have a New Family Now: Understanding Blended Families
"By using the interactive exercises and simple discussions in this book, parents can help children understand why they need not fear changes in their family, and how they will always be a part of God's family."--back cover.
J306.8747 HEWIT Hewitt, Sally My Stepfamily
Case studies and helpful advice for kids who have stepparents or stepsiblings
J306.8747 JOHNS Johnson, Julie How Do I Feel about My Stepfamily
Young people in stepfamilies describe how they cope with having stepbrothers, stepsisters, and stepparents and offer tips on dealing with change in your family.
J306.8747 MACGR MacGregor, Cynthia Jigsaw Puzzle Family: The Stepkids Guide to Fitting It Together
Contents include: Mixed Emotions, Life Turns Upside Down, Where Do I Fit In?, and Whose House is This?.
J306.8747 SCHUE Schuette, Sarah Blended Families
Simple text and photographs present blended families, including how family members interact with one another.
J646.78 Rogers, Fred Stepfamilies
Discusses the changes involved in becoming part of a stepfamily and ways to deal with the new situation.
J646.78 Weitzman, Elizabeth Let's Talk About Living in a Blended Family
Provides advice on how to accept and deal with the challenges of living in a stepfamily, or blended family.

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