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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Another Girl Calls My Dad Daddy is a young adult coming of age novel written by Emma L. Price. Twelve-year-old Portia was beyond excited at the prospect of meeting her big sister. They had been speaking on the phone for a year now, ever since her dad told her about Jasmine, who was now sixteen years old. Jasmine was coming to stay with Portia and her parents for three weeks. Portia couldn’t wait to meet her, so she got her dad to let her come along with him when he flew to the state where Jasmine and her mom lived to pick her up. Portia counted the minutes before the plane would land; it seemed to be taking forever. Mixed in with her excitement, however, were some fears about the recent changes in Jasmine’s attitude when they would speak. Something was different. Jasmine didn’t want to stay on the phone for very long and didn’t seem to do much more than answer Portia’s direct questions. Portia wondered if she did something to make her sister angry. She also wondered when and how she would share the fact that she had diabetes, just like her dad.
Emma L. Price’s coming of age novel for young adults and preteens, Another Girl Calls My Dad Daddy, is a well-written and engaging story about two half-sisters whose three-week-stay together exposes their feelings about sharing their dad. While the reader may automatically feel for Portia, who seems to be on the receiving end of some nasty treatment by her big sister, there’s also the underlying thread of Jasmine’s very different upbringing as the child of a single parent. Price’s story also beautifully addresses the issues children with diabetes face: do they tell their friends and others, and will they be teased for having a disease? She also shares how kids and adults with diabetes have to be mindful of their blood glucose and insulin levels at all times. This is a marvelous story for making kids and teens aware of the challenges and issues faced by their peers who have diabetes or have family members with diabetes. This is a wonderful story. Another Girl Calls My Dad Daddy is most highly recommended.