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Blood on the Forehead: What I Know About Writing

by M. E. Kerr

Using examples from five novels and five short stories, young adult writer M. E. Kerr offers insights into ways writers can get ideas and create successful stories.

The Books of Fell

by M. E. Kerr

M.E. Kerr is a pseudonym of Marijane Meaker, the prolific author who the New York Times described as, "one of the grand masters of young adult fiction." This bundle includes Fell Back, an Edgar Award Finalist (Best Young Adult Mystery Book, 1990). M.E. Kerr also won the the Margaret A. Edwards Award, established by the American Library Association in 1988 to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.Fell: A strange incident on the night of the senior prom changes John Fell's entire life, leading him to enroll in an exclusive private school under an assumed name.Fell Back: When a classmate at his exclusive private school falls to his death from a tower, seventeen-year-old John Fell is determined to find out whether the incident was suicide, accident, or murder.Fell Down: Fell returns to investigate the cause of the death of Dib, his best friend, an investigation that involves the demented murderous dummy of a ventriloquist and the diary of a man who had disappeared twenty years earlier.

Deliver Us From Evie

by M. E. Kerr

Told by her brother Parr, this is the story of 18-year-old Evie, her Missouri farm family, and the turmoil created by Evie's love for the local banker's daughter.

Deliver Us from Evie

by M. E. Kerr

Award-winning author M. E. Kerr challenges stereotypes in this story about a fifteen-year-old grappling with his older sister's sexualityParr Burrman lives with his parents and his older brother and sister on a farm in Missouri. They're a typical Midwestern family--except for one thing.Parr's father thinks Evie's going to marry Cord Whittle, who's had a crush on her forever, and settle down in their hometown to help out with the farm. Instead, she falls in love with Patsy Duff, the gorgeous, privileged daughter of the banker who holds the mortgage on the Burrmans' property. When rumors start flying about Evie and Patsy, Parr has to contend with the derision of his classmates . . . and when he falls for a girl from a fundamentalist family who fears homosexuality like God's wrath, he must face his own conflicted emotions. Soon, Parr's parents--and the whole town--will know the truth about Evie. But it's Parr who has to deal with the burden of shame when his own behavior leads to a shattering betrayal . . . and a secret he'll carry to the grave.Written with grace, humor, and love, and featuring sympathetic characters you won't soon forget, Deliver Us from Evie is a compassionate, vividly evocative novel by a master storyteller.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!

by M. E. Kerr

"Does heroin give you pimples?" Tucker asked. "All junk does. Junkies love sweets," Dinky said authoritatively. "I never met a junkie who didn't verge on bulbous acne. " "How can you eat and talk about bulbous acne?" Tucker said. "I'm not finicky," Dinky answered.

Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!

by M. E. Kerr

M. E. Kerr's first novel--hailed by the New York Times as a "timely, compelling," and "brilliantly funny" look at adolescence and friendship It was bad enough that they had to move to Brooklyn--Brooklyn Heights, as Tucker Woolf's dad instructs him to tell everyone after he loses his job. Now his father has suddenly developed an allergy to Tucker's cat, Nader, a nine-month-old calico Tucker found underneath a Chevrolet. Tucker's beloved pet finds a new home with overweight, outrageous Susan "Dinky" Hocker, the only person to answer Tucker's ad.As Tucker starts paying regular visits to Dinky's house to check up on Nader, his life begins to change. Dinky introduces Tucker to her strange cousin, Natalia Line, a compulsive rhymer whom Tucker finds fascinating. And enter P. John Knight, who's fat like Dinky . . . and now, like Nader. With this odd cast of characters, a little world is created for big kids who need to go on diets. And who also, all of them, need to find out who they are.A story of friendship, self-image, and surviving adolescence, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! is also about the terror--and exhilaration--of daring to be yourself. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

Edge

by M. E. Kerr

These 15 short stories by a writer the New York Times Book Review has called "one of the grand masters of young adult fiction" capture our fears, yearnings, loneliness, self-doubts, and universal need for love and acceptance M. E. Kerr's pioneering young adult literature has gained a devoted following for fearlessly breaking rules and confronting conformity. In Edge, her trademark gifts of pulling apart relationships, exposing real emotion, and conveying what it means to grow up are on full display. From handling a teenage girl's coming out in "We Might as Well All Be Strangers" to asking philosophical questions about God, life, and death in "The Sweet Perfume of Goodbye" to parodying social norms in "Do You Want My Opinion?," this is a funny, moving, and brave anthology about faith, friendship, family ties, prom night, an unusual act of heroism, and staying true to yourself.

Fell

by M. E. Kerr

John Fell loves his family and gourmet cooking, and feels appropriately tormented by Keats, his rich girlfriend from the right side of the tracks. A normal life - normal, that is, until he meets Woodrow Pingree one night by ramming into the back of his Mitsubishi. Suddenly nothing will be the same. A poor boy is now a rich one at an exclusive prep school. A woman who's no longer a girl enters Fell's life with long kisses and no promises. He's paid to be someone he's not with a name that's no longer his own. ''Your fate is already set; just lean into it,'' Fell is told. Only don't fall, Fell... don't fall.Fell is a love story and a suspense story - the first in a series by M.E. Kerr.A strange incident on the night of the senior prom changes John Fell's entire life, leading him to enroll in an exclusive private school under an assumed name.

Fell

by M. E. Kerr

A strange incident on the night of the senior prom changes John Fell's entire life, leading him to enroll in an exclusive private school under an assumed name.

Fell Back

by M. E. Kerr

When a classmate at his exclusive private school falls to his death from a tower, seventeen-year-old John Fell is determined to find out whether the incident was suicide, accident, or murder.

Fell Back

by M. E. Kerr

When a classmate at his exclusive private school falls to his death from a tower, seventeen-year-old John Fell is determined to find out whether the incident was suicide, accident, or murder.

Fell Down

by M. E. Kerr

If things seem too good to be true, they probably are.A fateful car accident with a mysterious stranger sets a young man on a startling new path, tangled with promise, mystery, and danger. Presented with an offer too good refuse, working-class John Fell gives up his name to run with the rich kids at a fancy prep school. It's a place ruled by an elite association of young men, whose members pledge to watch out for their own - for life. Soon, like it or not, Fell is drawn into a complicated world. And even when the last thing he wants to do is get involved, it seems that somewhow, he already is . . . and getting in deeper by the minute.

Fell Down

by M. E. Kerr

Seventeen-year-old Fell's determination to investigate his best friend's death in a car crash leads him to a ventriloquists' convention and an unsolved disappearance from almost twenty years ago.

Frankenlouse

by M. E. Kerr Mary James

A fourteen-year-old boy invents a comic-book fantasy world ruled by a book-dwelling insect named Frankenlouse I am called Nick. I was fourteen the year of this story, the year that changed my life . . .Nick Reber is a cadet with cartoonist dreams. Nick's father, a by-the-books control freak, believes his son's creative aspirations are a waste of time. As commanding officer of Blister Military Academy, he makes Nick march in step--or else. Nick misses his mother, who ran away, although she promised to one day send for him. As a form of escape, Nick creates a whole world inside his head--a comic strip featuring an insect that lives in the pages of Frankenstein. All the other book lice in the library fear Frankenlouse.But just like Nick, Frankenlouse feels trapped. He wants out of his book, just like Nick wants to escape--until a life-changing decision puts Nick on a collision course with his father.Narrated in Nick's distinctive voice, Frankenlouse is about finding your authentic self. It's a story of friendship, growing up, and the complicated bond between fathers and sons.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

Gentlehands

by M. E. Kerr

Buddy Boyle lives year-round with his family in unfashionable Seaville, New York, in a cramped little house on the bay. Skye Pennington spends the summers nearby on lavish estate complete with ocean view and a butler named Peacock.But Skye and Buddy fall in love anyway. And every once in a while they visit Buddy's estranged grandfather, who makes them forget they're from opposite sides of town. Then a reporter appears, searching for a man known as Gentlehands, a man with a horrifying past. Who is Gentlehands? And what is his connection to Buddy's handsome, aristocratic grandfather? The mystery threatens to shatter Buddy and Skye's relationship, and change their lives forever.

Gentlehands

by M. E. Kerr

A teenage boy falls in love with an "upper-class" girl and gets to know his estranged grandfather in one heartbreaking summer which climaxes in a shattering search for Nazi war criminals.

Gentlehands

by M. E. Kerr

Sixteen-year-old Buddy Boyle makes a shattering discovery about his family in this powerful and poignant novel by award-winning author M. E. Kerr Buddy Boyle lives with his parents and younger brother in a small house on a half-acre of land in undesirable Seaville, New York. Skye Pennington spends her summers on the opposite end of town on five acres with a view of the ocean. Buddy's dad is a police sergeant; Skye's is the head of a multi-million-dollar industry.But none of that stops Buddy and Skye from falling in love. To impress her, Buddy takes Skye to visit his aristocratic grandfather in Montauk. Frank Trenker is Buddy's mother's father, a man she never talks about. Just as Buddy feels he's getting to know his estranged grandfather, reporter Nicholas De Lucca shows up. For three years, he's been searching for a notorious Nazi war criminal known as Gentlehands. When De Lucca uncovers a shocking connection to Buddy's grandfather, Buddy refuses to believe the accusations.One of M. E. Kerr's very best novels, Gentlehands tells a spellbinding story of love, loyalty, and the family you thought you knew.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

"Hello," I Lied

by M. E. Kerr

Summering in the Hamptons on the estate of a famous rock star, seventeen-year-old Lang tries to decide how to tell his longtime friends that he is gay, while struggling with an unexpected infatuation with a girl from France.

"Hello," I Lied

by M. E. Kerr

From the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of Deliver Us from Evie comes a novel about a gay teenager who discovers a different kind of love during an unforgettable summer in the Hamptons<P> I'd always think of it as the summer that I loved a girl... <P> Seventeen-year-old Lang Penner and his mother are spending the summer in the caretaker's cottage at Roundelay, the sprawling East Hampton estate of legendary rocker Ben Nevada. Lang passes the time walking on the beach and hoping for a glimpse of his idol. When they finally meet, Nevada is very different from the man Lang imagined. He finds himself confiding in the retired star about his homosexuality. When Nevada hears Lang's secret, he figures Lang is a safe bet to show the seventeen-year-old daughter of some friends from France a good time in the Hamptons. This was supposed to be the summer of Lang's coming out. He even has a boyfriend, Alex, a twenty-year-old actor living in Manhattan. The last thing he expects is to become infatuated with a girl.<P> "Hello," I Lied is a story about all kinds of love--from friendship to physical attraction to hero worship--as a teenager bravely confronts his sexuality. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

I Stay Near You: One Story in Three

by M. E. Kerr

A love story that spans generations from a master of teen fiction. I STAY NEAR YOU: Mildred Cone in the Forties; WELCOME TO MY DISAPPEARANCE: Vincent Haigney in the Sixties; and SOMETHING I'VE NEVER TOLD YOU: Powell Storm Haigney in the Eighties.

If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?

by M. E. Kerr

Alan, a popular senior high school student, faces painful changes after a new student, Duncan "Doomed" Stein, comes to town and starts an influential underground newspaper. It's the story of a wimp and a winner switching places in the school pecking order.

I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me

by M. E. Kerr

Two teenagers resist pressure to lead lives their parents have fashioned for them.

I'll Love You When You're More Like Me

by M. E. Kerr

Sabra St. Amour, reluctant teenage soap opera star, is spending the summer in the Hamptons with her domineering mother, recuperating from an ulcer and a nervous breakdown. Walking on the beach one day, Sabra meets Wally Witherspoon, son of the local undertaker, and his best friend Charlie. Wally has problems of his own, including being engaged to a girl he doesn't love while still pining for his ex, and his father's insistence that he follow him into the family business, which Wally detests. Charlie has just come out of the closet, which earned him a broken nose, care of his father. As the lives of these three teenagers collide over the course of one memorable summer, they are forced to choose between the future their parents want for them, and the life they want for themselves.

Is That You, Miss Blue?

by M. E. Kerr

A teenager whose parents have separated tries to adapt to life at a boarding school and make a fresh start in a strange new placeAfter her mother runs off with her much-younger boyfriend, fourteen-year-old Flanders is shipped off to a boarding school in Virginia. On the train, she meets Carolyn Cardmaker, a preacher's daughter who will become her best friend. She also meets Ernestine Blue.Miss Blue is Flanders's faculty advisor at the Charles School, where each residence hall is named after a Charles Dickens novel. But Miss Blue's strict disciplinarian persona may be concealing a tragic past. As Flanders adjusts to life at school--which includes a deaf roommate and a terrifying blind date--she discovers surprising things about Miss Blue . . . and herself.A coming-of-age novel that transcends the ordinary in its perceptive, empathetic depiction of Flanders and the people in her life, Is That You, Miss Blue? takes us into a world where not everyone can be taken at face value--and where strangers can become unexpected friends.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

Linger

by M. E. Kerr

In this novel by the award-winning author of Gentlehands and Slap Your Sides, a teenager starts to look at life differently when his older brother is sent to the Persian GulfTo sixteen-year-old Gary Peel, Linger is home. His father is manager of the Pennsylvania restaurant; his mom takes care of the books; and Gary's older brother, Bobby, works there as a waiter. That is, until he decides to join the army.The only one from their hometown to enlist, Bobby becomes an instant hero. At Linger, Gary takes Bobby's place waiting tables--and finds himself drawn into the correspondence between his brother and Lynn Dunlinger, the beautiful, preppy daughter of the restaurant's owner. The tone of Bobby's letters starts to change when he's suddenly shipped overseas. Gary--the brother left behind--tries to adjust to his new life and prepares for the first Christmas without Bobby.Set during the Gulf War crisis and featuring a diverse cast of characters, Linger interweaves Gary's first-person narrative with Bobby's letters and journal entries from Saudi Arabia in a multifaceted look at bigotry, power, and the valor under fire that can drive ordinary people to commit extraordinary acts. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of M. E. Kerr including rare images from the author's collection.

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