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Yes, I Know the Monkey Man

by Dori Hillestad Butler

What happens when everything you thought was true about your life turns out to be a lie?

Thirteen-year-old T.J. always believed that her twin sister and her mother were dead―because that’s what her father had told her. But Mom and Sam are very much alive. And now they want T.J. to be part of their family.

When T.J. reluctantly visits her mom and Sam for the first time, she is stunned by how similar she is to her twin sister, even though their lives have been very different. But while she is drawn to her new family, she is also wary of becoming attached to them and hurting her father’s feelings. Then when her father suffers a debilitating accident and tries to ensnare T.J. in another web of lies, her loyalties are finally tested.

In this thought-provoking companion to Do You Know the Monkey Man?, Dori Hillestad Butler creates a complex portrait of a family in crisis. Her skillful portrayal of T.J., a conflicted adolescent struggling with her identity, will resonate with readers.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-479-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Page Count: 224
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-060-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2018
Page Count: 224
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-616-1
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English

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AR Level: 3.9
F&P: GRL Y, Gr 6, Genre RF
Lexile: 580L
Themes: Divorce, Family, Mystery, Siblings
BISAC 1: YAF042000  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: YAF018060  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents
BISAC 3: YAF058050  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying


“A good candidate for reluctant readers… They’ll find it highly readable…” ―School Library Journal

“Heart-wrenching detail…supporting characters are well-developed, diverse and important to the story…” ―Library Media Connection


Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Language Arts, Grades 7-12) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2009

Iowa Children’s Choice Award (Nominee) ―Iowa Association of School Librarians

KSRA Young Adult Book Award (Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2010

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Meet the Author

Dori Butler

Dori Hillestad Butler is the author of over fifty works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers. She has also published stories for children in magazines such as Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Children’s Digest, and Child Life. Butler is the children’s book review columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She lives in Washington. You can visit her website here.