Aesop Lake

Publisher: Green Writers Press

Seventeen-year-old Leda Keogh is present when her boyfriend, David, commits a hate crime against a gay couple at the town reservoir on a warm May night. When David threatens to narc on her mother’s drug dealing if Leda confesses to what she’s seen, Leda tries to escape the consequences, by taking a summer job out of town. Jonathan Eales is one of the victims.  When he and his boyfriend, Ricky, are caught skinny dipping by two high school thugs, Jonathan manages to swim out of reach, but watches in horror as Ricky is severely beaten. Jonathan wants to fight back, but fears the small rural community, where he is an outsider, will protect their own. Jonathan’s mother, Marcia Tanner-Eales, a single parent, infuriated by what happened to her son, calls on the community to eradicate the bullying that pervades the school. When Leda, Jonathan and Marcia unintentionally come face to face at a family camp in Northern Vermont, their hostility threatens to ruin the gathering. A violent attack on Leda elicits empathy from Jonathan. In the end, Leda chooses to take a stand on behalf of Jonathan and Ricky, accepting the repercussions to her family and to David. These three voices weave a coming-of-age story that confronts diversity and bullying in rural America.

About Sarah L. Ward of Burlington, Vermont

Sarah Ward writes young adult fiction, poetry and journal articles in the field of child welfare. Over a twenty-five-year career as a social worker, Sarah has worked with young adults and families with harrowing backgrounds. She won the 2007 Editor’s Choice Award for the New England Anthology of Poetry for her poem “Warmer Waters,” and she is a member of the League of Vermont Writers since 2008. As a social worker, Sarah has published several journal articles, and was recently a co-author on an article published (December 2016) in Child and Youth Services Review titled, “Building a landscape of resilience after workplace violence in public child welfare.” In her limited spare time, Sarah enjoys a good book, a little yoga and a cup of tea in her home in Williston, Vermont.

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Age/Grade Range: 12-18 / 7-12

Binding EAN ISBN-10 Pub Date PAGES Language Size Price
Paperback 9780999499528 0999499521 2018-06-08 200 0.00 x 5.50 x 8.25 in $10.99

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