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The Nature of Jade

* FAME Florida Reads List Nominee
* CCBC Choices List
* South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
* 2008 ALA Quick Picks Nominee
* Booksense Pick
* RT Times Magazine Best Y/A Book of 2007 Nominee
* Texas Tayshas List
* Books A Million Book Club Selection
* New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

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I am not my illness. “Girl with Anxiety,” “Trauma of the Week” – no. I hate stuff like that. Everyone, everyone has their issue. But the one thing my illness did make me realize is how necessary it is to ignore the dangers of living in order to live. And how much trouble you can get into if you can’t.

Jade DeLuna is too young to die. She knows this, and yet she can’t quite believe it, especially when terrifying thoughts, loss of breath, and dizzy feelings come. Since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder she’s trying her best to stay calm, and visiting the elephants at the nearby zoo seems to help. That’s why Jade keeps the live zoo webcam on in her room, and where she first sees the boy in the red jacket. A boy who stops to watch the elephants. A boy carrying a baby.

His name is Sebastian, and he is raising his son alone. Jade is drawn into Sebastian’s cozy life with his son and his activist grandmother on their Seattle houseboat, and before she knows it, she’s in love. With this boy who has lived through harder times than anyone she knows. This boy with a past.

Jade knows the situation is beyond complicated, but she hasn’t felt this safe in a long time. She owes it all to Sebastian, her boy with the great heart. Her boy who is hiding a terrible secret.

A secret that will force Jade to decide between what is right, and what feels right…

Master storyteller Deb Caletti has once again created characters so real, you will be breathless with anticipation as their riveting story unfolds.