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New children’s book explores family life

The Right-Under Club
Christie Hurley Deriso
Delacorte Press

Alumnus Christine Hurley Deriso has written a new children’s book entitled, The Right-Under Club.

On an ordinary summer day, five girls realize that although they are right under their parents’ noses, their complex family lives make them feel like leftover meat loaf.

And like magic, the Right-Under Club is born, along with its motto—“We R There 4 U.” They meet every week in the cozy confines of Tricia’s tree house, where each girl takes a turn revealing her Right-Under ­problem. The ­others write down solutions that are discussed, dissected and discarded until the best one remains. Then it’s time to put the plan into action—for better or for worse. After all, what’s the worst that can happen when five girls band together to help each other?

Deriso explores the complex world of stepparents, half-siblings and custody battles, capturing the girls’ angst and confusion while demonstrating their innate resilience and optimism.