Johnson, A. (1998). Heaven. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Annotation: Marley was a perfectly happy 14-year-old until she discovered that the people she thought were her parents are actually her aunt and uncle, and that her Uncle Jack is her biological father. As she redefines who she is, and who her family is, Marley becomes an astute observer of other families and their relationships with one another. By seeing the love between other families, she knows that the love of her parents for her is genuine.
Author's Information: Angela Johnson was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, but raised in Windham, Ohio; the only girl in a family of five. She now lives in Northeastern Ohio in a hundred-year-old house full of plants. When not writing she travels. On one of her trips to the California desert the inspiration for her first novel, Toning the Sweep came about.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Author Award, 1998
Level: 6-8 grade