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  • Ordinary Girls

    Here’s a modern day send-up of a Jane Austen novel: two young girls–their acclaimed novelist father deceased for many years–live with their inept artistic mother in a shabby but genteel Victorian house in a Philadelphia neighborhood. They subsist on royalties… Read More ›

  • I’m Not Dying with You Tonight

    McPherson High School seniors Campbell (who is white) and Lena (who is black) arrive separately on Friday night at the McPherson stadium for the big playoff with rival Jonesville High. Campbell’s dad drops her off near the concession stand, where… Read More ›

  • The Bone Houses

    Aderyn (or Ryn, as she prefers to be called) is a 17-year-old living in a Once-Upon-A-Time land and era, presumably medieval.  Her mother is dead, her father went on a scouting trip into a magical forest and never returned, and… Read More ›

  • we speak in storms

    Three high school students who barely know each other are wrestling with problems: Joshua, who defines himself as queer, at home lives with a religious stepfather who won’t accept it and at school goes from being bullied by classmates to… Read More ›

  • Watch Over Me

    Zoey is the managing “adult” living in a household which has been defined by domestic violence. At the age of 15 she testified against her abusive cop father in court, and he was sent to jail. Now she is 18… Read More ›

  • Every Stolen Breath

    Lia (short for Amelia) Finch is the surviving asthmatic twin of a sister who died in very early infancy.  She lives in comfortable circumstances with her widowed mother in Chicago.  Her father, a successful prosecuting attorney, was murdered in a… Read More ›

  • The Best Lies

    Katherine Remy Tsai is a 16-year-old with battling professional parents who love her perfect older brother better, so much so that his schoolmates don’t even realize he has a sister. Things have been mighty stressful at home for many years,… Read More ›

  • Reverie

    Kane Montgomery was the last person at his school to find out he was gay. As other students at school gradually became aware of it (before he did), the sleepover and party invitations stopped coming and friends dropped off the… Read More ›

  • My Jasper June

    It’s the last day of school for thirteen-year-old Leah, who lives with her mom and dad in Ormewood Park, a suburb of Atlanta where neighbors frequently gather together for cookouts and observe community traditions that date back years and years…. Read More ›

  • All-American Muslim Girl

    Allie Abraham is the almost-16-year-old daughter of an academic father and a psychologist mom.  Her dad is of Muslim heritage but not practicing; her mom was raised Catholic but converted to Islam when she married.  As Allie’s father has pursued… Read More ›