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The how & the why  Cover Image Book Book

The how & the why / Cynthia Hand.


"Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for; they've given Cass a life she wouldn't trade for the world. She has everything she needs--but she has questions, too. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can't answer, no matter how much they love her. But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for. Alternating between Cass's search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who placed her for adoption, this emotionally resonant narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson."--provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062693167
  • ISBN: 0062693166
  • Physical Description: 450 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
HL590L Lexile
Decoding demand: 97 (very high) Semantic demand: 100 (very high) Syntactic demand: 89 (very high) Structure demand: 87 (very high) Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.2 15 507939.
Subject: Adopted children > Fiction.
Birthparents > Fiction.
Teenage girls > Fiction.
Teenage mothers > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Teen fiction.

Available copies


  • 0 current holds with 17 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA HAN 2019 (Text) 0002205594654 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Barry Lawrence - Cassville Library Y FIC HAN (Text) 37884102880428 Teen Available -
Camden County Library District - Osage Beach YA FIC HAND (Text) 31320003760993 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Henry County - Main Library y Fic H19C (Text) I0000000281078 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Howard County Public Library YA/Han (Text) 34658000213384 J Fiction Available -
Jefferson County Library-Arnold TF REAL HAND (Text) 30061060070154 Teen Fiction Available -
Lebanon-Laclede County Library YA Hand (Text) 3803681421 YA Fiction Available -
Livingston - Lillian DesMarias Youth Library YA Hand (Text) 2601888830 Teen Fiction Available -
Morgan County Library YA HAN (Text) 35319000300114 Young Adult Fiction Available -
North Kansas City Public Library YA FICTION HAND 2020 (Text) 0001002373197 YA Fiction Available -

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