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Grades 7 and Up / Ages: 12 and Up

Maya has a mother who died when she was eight and her dad is a conman. After her father is arrested Maya is sent to foster care where she meets Nicole. Talking to her dad she finds out that her mother had a sister. So Maya runs away from the foster care home and runs to find her aunt who lives four hundred miles away. But an unexpected twist is that Nicole follows Maya. They make an odd and unexpected team, but work together as perfect allies on this trip. They meet a little boy named Klon who has Tourette's syndrome. His mother hates him because he accidentally killed his father as a five-year-old. Troubles and tragedies beset this trio on their long and hard journey. It forces Maya to rethink her future. Only by reading the book will you know what happens to these interesting and troubled kids.

I thought this was a good book. I loved how Maya was smart and always trying to think everything through using the scientific method. It was interesting hearing about the foster system and how hard it is for children. I also found the story of teens on the streets intriguing, learning about meals and shelters for runaways. I think others would enjoy this book. If you enjoy realistic novels this is a good book for you.

Book Blurb for Compromised

Maya's life has always been chaotic. Living with a con-man dad, she's spent half her life on the run. Whenever her father's schemes go wrong, Maya finds a scientific way to fix it. But when her dad ends up in prison and foster care fails, Maya grasps at her last possible hope of a home: a long-lost aunt, who may not even exist.

So Maya formulates a plan, and with her wits, two unlikely allies, and twenty dollars in her pocket, she sets off in search of this aunt, navigating the unpredictable four hundred miles from Reno to Boise. Life on the streets, though, becomes a struggle for survival—those scientific laws Maya has relied on her whole life just don't apply. And with each passing day, Maya's definitions of right and wrong are turned upside down when she's confronted with the realities and dangers of life as a runaway. She can't help but wonder if trying to find her aunt—and some semblance of stability—is worth the harrowing journey or if she should compromise and find a way to survive on her own.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.00