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Featured coming of age books including family life, first loves, aspirations, and new experiences fiction books!

The Summer of Guinevere

Paulie Passero, underachiever, high school junior, wants the courage to talk to a girl.

A road trip from Chicago to rural Pennsylvania doesn’t interest him until his father emphasizes the need for a second driver. Why must they go? Paulie’s dying grandmother disowned her son twenty years ago, and fences must be mended. Unprepared for Smalltown USA, Paulie is bored at first but notices a girl in the back of a passing pickup and is immediately enamored.

Guinevere Thompson lives just down the road from Paulie’s grandparents. She wants nothing to do with him. It’s not that she doesn’t like him; Continue reading

Banished From Memory

In 1960, sixteen-year-old Dianna Fletcher has been accustomed to the bright lights of Hollywood all her life-but now they are casting shadows on her family’s past and on her own future.

Dianna fears she is losing her talent and failing to live up to her family’s legacy. When she does land a part, she finds an unexpected enemy in brilliant actor and womanizer,  Bill Royce, who not only attacks her confidence but holds a deep grudge against her family.
Dianna comes to believe Bill’s resentment is related to her suspicion that her parents harbor a secret linked to the blacklist. Continue reading

The Fell

In an unspecified time and location, an unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard.

He idolises his father–never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man–and he comes to believe that heroism is all.

The arrest of his sister Lilly later that summer brings the halcyon days to an abrupt end, and his family is torn apart, with Lilly sent to jail and the boy sent to a boarding house for dysfunctional boys, far away from his home–The Fell. Continue reading

Waiting for Evening to Come

This book is about the friendship that develops between a young white boy and an elderly African American man in rural Indiana in the 1950s.

In rural Indiana in the 1950s, an elderly African American man befriends a young white boy whose father is openly racist and who is determined to put the friendship to an end, even if that means exhibiting violence toward his son and the elderly man. Continue reading