Brave New Wanda

Lynda Rutledge

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Retail Price: $13.00
Subject Category: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 191 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Binding: paper
Published: June 2004
ISBN: 978-0-9743427-5-7


Brave New Wanda is an engaging, thoughtful, even fun treatment of a sensitive topic that appeals to young adult (and adult) readers.

Wanda Louise Ledbetter—thirteen, white trash, orphaned, mad, and too smart for her own good—is eyeballing every man leaving the doctors' entrance of the big hospital in Dallas. Perched on her mama's rusted-out Cadillac, she's been there all afternoon—ever since her stepfather, Harley, drunk and abusive after her mother's funeral, yelled out the secret nobody was ever supposed to know: Wanda's daddy wasn't her daddy, and not even her dead mama knew his name—because Wanda was made with donor sperm. So Wanda has grabbed her half-gone grandma and her half-dog Wild Thing and hit the road to find her "real" daddy. There's brave new trouble ahead, and Brave New Wanda is roaring toward it in her mama's junker Caddy.


Check out Brave New Wanda's mention, along with other fiction and memoir on donor offspring, particularly for young adults, on librarian Patricia Sarles's blog, her list or her article for the American Fertility Association. And read the article written by Patricia Mendell and Patricia Sarles for Voice of Youth Advocates, "Who Am I Really? Donor Offspring Characters in Young Adult Fiction" (PDF).

Book Excerpts

Chapter 1 [PDF]
Chapter 2 [PDF]