Books for Young Teens

Holly's Secret

Holly's SecretIn Holly's Secret, Holly Lawrence-Jones loves her family and was never troubled about having two moms, until she went to camp and was cruelly teased. Now that she and her family are moving to a small Massachusetts town from New York City, she has decided to give herself a new name and a "normal" family. But as time goes on, she finds it harder and harder to sustain that lie. A Lambda Book Award finalist; a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. (For ages 8-12; Farrar, Straus & Giroux.)

Readers of Holly's Secret might want to check out Rainbow Rumpus, an online magazine for kids growing up with two moms or two dads, and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere).

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Meeting Melanie

Meeting MelanieMeeting Melanie takes place on an island off the coast of Maine. Allie Ward's lobsterman father has hurt his back and can't go fishing, which means there's no money coming in to the Ward family. Allie's younger brother and sister are boarded out to a relative's farm on the mainland, and Allie has to help make ends meet by helping her mom bake pies and bread to sell to visiting tourists. In her time off, Allie becomes friends with Melanie, the daughter of new summer residents. Melanie's mother, who doesn't approve of island folks, is trying to hide what she considers an embarrassing secret. As Allie and Melanie become friends, the situation goes from bad to worse, and it's finally up to Allie to put things right. (For ages 10 and up; Farrar, Straus & Giroux.)

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The Fours Crossing Sequence:

Fours Crossing

Fours CrossingIn Fours Crossing, the first book in the Fours Crossing fantasy sequence, Melissa Dunn goes to northern New Hampshire after her mother's death to stay with her grandmother while her father finishes up some business elsewhere. When she arrives, spring should be well on its way, but snow keeps falling and the weather is unseasonably cold. With Jed, a boy who becomes her best friend, and Ulfin, a mysterious golden dog, she unravels a mystery that has ancient origins, and finds what—and who—is preventing spring from coming. On the William Allen White Award Master List. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; also Scholastic.)

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WatersmeetWatersmeet

In the second book in the Fours Crossing sequence, Watersmeet, the snow finally melts and floods threaten the village of Fours Crossing. Melissa and Jed meet a mysterious woman, Rhiannon, who arouses the suspicions of the villagers and of Jed. She warns them that the evil hermit they thought they had conquered and who is in jail will rise again--and she turns out to be right! (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.)

 

   

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The Door BetweenThe Door Between

In The Door Between, the third book, as fall approaches, wild dogs that are impervious to bullets start attacking local livestock, and Melissa's father announces plans to build houses on land the hermit considered sacred. Melissa, prompted by the village's oldest citizen, gradually realizes she must confront the hermit again if Fours Crossing is to be saved. But in order to do that, she has to travel to Otherworld--the land of the dead! (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.)

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