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|Because it is my blood|
Author: Zevin, Gabrielle
In 2083, seventeen-year-old Anya Balanchine seeks a way to make Balanchine Chocolate legitimate, and although a trip to Mexico gives her new insights and ideas, escaping her mobster family's legacy of violence may prove impossible.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 154018
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 9-12
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 21.0 Quiz: 58794
Common Core Standards
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/12)
School Library Journal (00/09/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2012 This sequel to All These Things I’ve Done (2011) paints on such a broad canvas that readers will be amazed at Zevin’s management abilities. They may get lost on occasion (especially if they haven’t read the first book), but they will never be bored. Seventeen-year-old Anya, a victim of (and sometimes participant in) the chocolate wars of 2083, is being released from Liberty Children’s Facility when the book opens. Difficult days, however, are not behind her. There is more imprisonment, an escape to Mexico, an assassination attempt, and then there’s that mob family of hers, committed to providing the citizens of a crumbling New York with illegal chocolate. Can any of them be trusted? Win, her lovely boyfriend from the last book, is there, but Anya’s decisions over what to do about her own role in the family’s empire drives the book. Zevin’s strong suit is characterization, and it shines here. Whatever the nefarious plot, no one becomes a cartoon character—like chocolates, each is delicious in his or her own right. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.