Forever, or A Long, Long Time

Forever, or A Long, Long Time

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Having shared so many foster homes that they are unable to trust that the family that has adopted them will last, Flora and her brother, Julian, are assisted by their new mother on a journey to resolve their past so that they can build a future.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062385680
Branch Call Number: J CARTER
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm


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Flora and John might finally have found a forever home, but the pain of their past makes it hard to trust anyone but themselves. Told in a poetic and moving first-person narrative and with strong, well-developed characters, the story moves from a traumatic past to a hopeful and resilient future.

This is a book about the difficult and complicated experience of being a foster kid, and how it feels when a family adopts you forever. Siblings Flora and Julian explore their past and begin to embrace their present in this very special story.

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Jul 24, 2018

Foster children, Flora and Julian have always been together. It does not matter how many foster homes she and her brother have been to, they continue to stay together. Now that they have found a permanent home, they are very excited and they are happy. She gets to trust and love two more people. But when her new mom announces another child, Flora isn’t sure she is happy. What if her new family loves the baby more than her? What if she doesn't get enough love? Join Flora and Julian as they explore their new home and go on many adventures. This book was amazing! Caela Carter tells a wonderful story about two children and their journey through foster homes. I guarantee that you will love the main characters and everything about this book! I recommend this book for ages eleven and older. Rating- 5/5 stars.
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

CatherineG_1 Nov 24, 2017

Flora and Julian are adopted by a mom who has waited for them, forever. Mom has recently married and dad has a child already, Elena. A new baby is also coming.
Each of the children, Flora and Julian have their own problems - Flora finds it difficult to speak or articulate her feelings and Julian hides food.
The children want a sense of belonging. They have no baby pictures so they do not believe they were born. Their mom takes them on a journey to find out their true story and why they have the problems they do.

I love this book because the children learn about their past and are able to express their fears. They also learn that they do belong to their family, forever.

For children aged 6-12. This would be a good book for children who are in adopted and blended families so they too can realise not all families are the same.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jul 20, 2017

This book. I cried, I laughed, I stewed, and I melted. It's about two foster siblings who just cannot possibly believe that they were born into this world. They have no pictures or memories to prove it, and besides, to be born means having a mother and what mother would leave her children? Instead they have creative and beautiful theories of how they came to be. For them, coming to understand their past (that they were born just like everyone else) and their present (that a loving forever family can be their actuality) is extremely difficult. But they are brave enough to try… and we are lucky to see their journey unfold. My favorite middle grade read so far this year.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 01, 2017

I loved this one, a lot. It's the story of two kids who spent their first 10-ish years in foster care, who are finally living with adoptive parents and trying to learn more about their past. And it's just so lovely. It reminds me a lot of last year's (very good) "When Friendship Followed Me Home", but this one worked better for me than that one did, for reasons that I can't quite put my finger on. Carter really excels at developing the relationships between Flora and Julian and their adoptive family, and there was nothing about this that ever felt forced or unnatural to me. Every single character in the book felt well-crafted and real. AND IT MADE ME CRY. I loved it; you should read it.


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