See What I See (Hardcover)

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See What I See is a remarkable story of the relationship between father
and daughter. The story follows the journey of Kate Tapert as she
journeys from high school in small town Michigan to art school in
bustling Detroit.
Once in Detroit, Kate shows up on the door of her father’s home, a
famous artist who chose his art over his wife and daughter and abandoned
them while Kate was young. Kate forces herself into her father’s
life, planning to live with him while she attends art school nearby.
This is the story of the trials and tribulations they experience
together as they get to know one another. Kate is in for much more than
she bargained for and constantly questions if what she has to give will
be enough…

— Bess


Kate Tapert sees her life in paintings. She makes sense of the world around her by relating it to what she adores—art. Armed with a suitcase, some canvases, and a scholarship to art school in Detroit, Kate is ready to leave home and fully immerse herself in painting. Sounds like heaven. All Kate needs is a place to stay.

That place is the home of her father, famous and reclusive artist Dalton Quinn, a father she hasn't seen or heard from in nearly ten years. When Kate knocks on his door out of the blue, little does she realize what a life-altering move that will turn out to be. But Kate has a dream, and she will work her way into Dalton's life, into his mind, into his heart . . . whether he likes it or not.

About the Author

Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square; Burying the Sun; Once on This Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; and Return to the Island. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan.

Praise For…

“Beautifully expressing adolescent uncertainties and yearnings, this intimate novel will draw readers who, like Kate, have big hearts and big dreams.”
— Publishers Weekly

“With clear and elegant prose, Whelan portrays a gradually developing and complex relationship built on guilt, curiosity, love and a passion for art.”
— Booklist

“Kate’s journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“This book is engaging from the first page. Artistic- and literary-minded girls may particularly appreciate Kate’s passion for painting and the struggles she’s willing to endure to live a creative life.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“See What I See is an absolutely riveting and heartrending work of fiction. I read it in a single session—-it contains numerous surprises and doesn’t shrink from the seriousness of its subject and from the wonderful integrity of its young heroine Kate.”
— Joyce Carol Oates
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061255458
ISBN-10: 0061255459
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 28th, 2010
Pages: 208
Language: English

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