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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two teenagers resist pressure to lead lives their parents have fashioned for them.
Finding the right mate is no small matter... Little Little La Belle is the daughter of the wealthiest businessman in town. She is everything an heiress should be -- beautiful, independent, and perfect in every way. Except for one thing: she is only three feet, three inches tall. And now that she is about to turn eighteen, her parents are conspiring to get her married to the perfect young man. But Little Little has plans of her own. With characters who play their cards close to the vest and closer to the ground, Little Little is a love story unlike any other.
World War II is raging in Europe, but back home in Sweet Creek, Pennsylvania, Bud Shoemaker, a Quaker and a pacifist, has taken a one-man stand against the fight by declaring himself a conscientious objector. Fourteen-year-old Jubal sees his brother's choice as noble and brave, although most of the town (including Jubal's dream girl, Daria) sees Bud as a coward -- or worse. The line between right and wrong has become alarmingly blurred, and it won't be long before Jubal's family begins to buckle as it struggles to cope with the consequences of Bud's decision
Rex didn't mean to end up in Critters animal shelter, but at least the homesick golden retriever is making new friends, including Catherine, a greyhound with a gambling problem; Placido, a one-eyed Siamese cat with an attitude; and Marshall, a king snake who loves to show off his vocabulary. This motley crew may come from all over, but they all want the same thing: a home.
The first time Annabel sees him he is playing soccer and the second time he is singing for tips at Jungle Pete's. He is Esteban-one of the immigrants her contractor father hires, part of an ever-growing community of Latinos in the Hamptons. Esteban's sister calls Annabel "flour face" and Annabel's father forbids her to see him. But despite family disapproval there are meetings on dark beaches, notes left in library books, and a romance that's as hot as summer.
Peligro, the sign said. "Danger--" because the road that led up to the house twisted sharply around the hill. One of the Hispanic workers had made the sign as the house was being prepared for its new owner. When Rosalind Slaymaster was finally ready to live there, everyone in the small Pennsylvania town had come to call the place Peligro. It was like Mrs. Slaymaster to leave it that way. She was said to be the richest woman in Bucks County. When Edgar Tobbit first met her, he thought she didn't look rich, but it didn't take him very long to realize she wasn't like anyone else, either. Neither was her teenage niece, Julie, who arrived at school every day in a white Hummer. And neither was Peale, the two-foot leather mannequin who had his own wardrobe of tailor-made suits; his own passport, bedroom, and television. Peale was said to grant wishes and make dreams come true. "What's Peligro like?" Edgar's friend asks him. And Edgar invites him to a party there on Christmas Eve. That is how Neal Kraft and Julie first meet. The threesome quickly become fast friends and, in a short while, change one another's lives, barely aware of the old secrets that inspire Mrs. Slaymaster's revenge on the town. Through it all Peale sits among them with his green glass eyes bright and watchful, as though he knows what's coming. "What Became of Her" is partly based on some real-life characters the author has never been able to forget.
Two unlikely friends--a German outsider and the daughter of the local prison warden--discover each other at the same time they discover Slater Carr, the boy who was a lifer at Cayuta Prison. His nightly bugle renditions of Taps hold their small town in thrall until his actions, one Halloween night, change everything. . . .
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