HEAVEN, by Angela Johnson
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Heaven is the name of the town in Ohio, where fourteen year old Marley lives with her family. One day her family receives a letter from Alabama, from the pastor of a church that's been burned down. He says he needs a copy of Marley's birth certificate because hers was destroyed in the fire. Marley finds out that her parents are not actually her parents--and that she's been adopted. She also finds out that Jack, an uncle who writes letters, but she doesn't remember, is actually her father. I don't want to give to much of this wonderful storyline away--so you'll have to read the book to find out the rest!