Collins, Yvonne & Rideout, Sandy. The black sheep.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

COLLINS, Yvonne & RIDEOUT, Sandy. The black sheep. Hyperion. 348p. c2007. 978-142310160-4. $8.99. S

Fifteen-year-old Kendra's life in Manhattan is rigidly controlled. Her parents keep their apartment looking like a museum, have a thick binder of rules they expect their daughter to follow, and are raising her to be an investment banker. In a fit of frustration, Kendra applies to be on a new reality show, The Black Sheep. Before she knows it, she's whisked off to California, where she will be living with a hippie family with six children. Kendra realizes her time in California affords her the opportunity to be someone she isn't--someone not controlled by her parents' rules. She adopts a new code, which she calls Black Sheepism, to help remind her to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. The overbearing producer of the show, Judy, hopes Kendra will stir things up and cause problems in her new home, but Kendra adapts well. The family she is staying with volunteers at the aquarium, and Kendra is surprised to find...

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