The Black Sheep

Fed up with her parents and all their ridiculous rules (they keep a binder full of them), fifteen-year-old Kendra Bishop writes away to The Black Sheep, a reality TV show that offers the chance to swap families with another teen. But when the camera crew, led by brash TV producer Judy Greenberg, shows up at her Manhattan apartment, Kendra starts to have second thoughts.

Too late. Kendra is whisked away to Monterey, California, to live with the Mulligan family in a household that couldn't be more different from her own—complete with hippie parents, their five kids and a pet ferret. Of course, when Kendra falls for Mitch, the Mulligans' seventeen-year-old son, it only complicates things further, especially since Mitch despises the reality TV show and everything it stands for. But given the chance, Kendra might just be able to juggle first love, her new stardom, and a pushy producer who will stop at nothing for higher ratings.

In this hilarious and touching novel, Kendra learns to live under a new roof but finds true refuge in the unlikeliest of places—her own family.

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“Reality TV and environmental activism give a trendy spin to Collins and Rideout's cheery fish-out-of-water romance… Kendra's bright and breezy first-person narration moves things along at a rapid clip and the larger-than-life personalities and plot are balanced by her heartfelt reflections on family and fame.”

   —Publisher's Weekly

“Kendra is an admirable character who discovers inner strength while thrust in a sink-or-swim environment.”

   —Kirkus Reviews

“This is all hilariously over the top. The authors have the reality-show shenanigans down pat… Au courant.”


“This fun book should enthrall most girls… The television twist makes it fresh and new.”


“It's a battle of wit and wills until the very end. Punctuated by funny dialogue from Judy ordering her production crew around, this is a great send-up of reality TV in an entertaining and palatable coming-of-age romance.”

   —Children's Literature

“With clever dialogue, an ingenious plot and a contemporary flavour, this is novel that is sure to be a hit with young adults.”

   —Winnipeg Free Press

“THE BLACK SHEEP is not only funny but also heartwarming. The characters are as charming as the ones you see on actual reality shows, and Kendra Bishop is that one person that everyone loves, roots for, and hopes to see succeed.”


Hyperion, Hardcover, May 2007, ISBN: 978-1423101567