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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Fiona Foster has lived in seven different foster homes during her short life, but none of them felt like “home”. Upon entering the Olivers' home, there was a totally different vibe that warranted possibilities. Fiona hoped they didn’t own a cat. That was the deal-breaker as far as she was concerned. Her secret pet mole Melvin hated cats. As she endured months of extreme patience and encouragement from her latest guardians, Fiona began to feel sincerely wanted and at home. She felt she could be relatively happy here for a while longer. Sure, the Olivers would tire of her soon, but Fiona was surprised to discover that she had found her forever home when Clyde, Lorraine, and Pete welcomed her as a permanent part of their family.
You can judge a book by its cover. Before turning the first page of Fiona: Forever? I was entranced with the cover art. As soon as I finished the first chapter, I was convinced of this book’s success. Fiona: Forever? examines the realities of foster care as well as the earnest need for caring foster families. This is an interactive book that encourages young readers to be part of the story. At the end of each reading section, the reader is asked thought-provoking, relevant questions and provided with space to scribble and/or draw a response. Fiona: Forever?, written and illustrated by Erinn Uher, is a delightful reading assignment full of life lessons and encouragement. Every elementary classroom, (public, private or home-schooled) needs a copy of Fiona: Forever?