Peer Relationships

Protected

The cover says “A tender story of grief, trust, and healing.”  Well, no, it’s not that, although those factors are present. I wouldn’t call it “tender.” A teenage girl is involved in a bad car accident with her dad and… Read More ›

Foolish Hearts

This is a rather traditionally-told high school story with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream a central focus.  There is also an online gaming component.  A fair range of characters appears and none are one-dimensional.  Thoughtful insights are revealed… Read More ›

Ashes to Asheville

A lesbian couple has two biological children (one per wife) and moves from their home state of West Virginia to Asheville NC because NC permits same-sex marriage.  The story is told from the youngest girl’s point of view.  She is… Read More ›

Before Now

Atty is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant-turned-policeman and Native American woman who is a nurse or some kind of caregiver. They both work long hours, and she’s left to herself a lot. She is a smart girl and a… Read More ›

Jek/Hyde

A modern re-telling of the Jekyll and Hyde story set in a high school world.  Frequent bad language, primarily abusing the name of Jesus Christ and then supplementing with variations of the F-word and shit or ass.  Frequent sexual references,… Read More ›

Good and Gone

A 15-year-old girl goes on a road trip with her clinically depressed older brother and gay next-door neighbor to find a rock star who’s gone missing.  Along the way they meet interesting characters and learn things about themselves and others…. Read More ›

The Grave Keepers

This is a mess of a book.  The Windham family are the hereditary gravekeepers for a very old cemetery.  In this book everybody is assigned a grave at birth.  When they are 13 they are given the key to the… Read More ›

The Date to Save

This is a charming book in the vein of “High School Musical,” where different students of all kinds come together for a big united finish.  Largely due to incompetence on the part of the principal, four major annual school events… Read More ›