Coping Behaviors

The Last Thing You Said

In a Minnesota resort town two sets of brother-sister duos are lifelong, great friends.  One of the girls dies suddenly from an undiagnosed heart ailment.  Over the next year both sets of parents and the remaining three teenagers struggle to… Read More ›

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah

Twins Sam and Ilsa are graduating seniors throwing one of their last dinner parties at their grandmother Czarina’s swanky (but rent-controlled) apartment at the Stanwyck in Manhattan while she and their parents are out of town.  The tradition for the… Read More ›

the girl in between

Not sure why this is a YA book because the girl from whose view the story is told seems younger.  Anyway.  The girl and her mother are living with the grandmother when a fight erupts between the two older women,… Read More ›

The Fall of Grace

High school junior Grace Pierce loves photography. She likes the way you can “freeze the world just the way you want it,” and she aspires to win the National Foundation of the Arts Student Photography Contest in order to be… Read More ›

Sneak Thief

Twelve-year-old Belle “Hush” Cantrell lives a ragged life. Her mom tells her she’s ugly and useless and, when her low-life thug boyfriend is around, sends her off on errands to get her out of the way. Belle tells people she’s… Read More ›

Between Two Skies

This is a fine, well-written book worthy of all acceptation. A hard-working lower-middle-class family loses everything when Hurricane Katrina hits their part of Louisiana.  They evacuate to Atlanta and try to regroup and re-start their lives.  Eventually they (mostly) make… Read More ›