Booktalk for GET HAPPY by Mary Amato

Get-Happy-130x195Minerva hasn’t seen her dad since she was two years old. He never calls, never sends presents. Her mom refuses to talk about him. Minerva wonders if he’s a convict or an alcoholic or something. Maybe he’s living in a trailer park in a faraway state like Kansas.

On the morning of her 16th birthday, she receives an unexpected package. The return address is the Shedd Aquarium, not far from where she lives, and the initials K.C. are handwritten in above.

Those are her father’s initials. She hides the package from her mother and opens it at school. Inside is a beautiful seahorse necklace. And a note from her dad saying he wants to get to know her.


Genre: realistic fiction

Grades 7 and up.