Emily Beam's ex-boyfriend steals a gun, threatens Emily, then kills himself in the school library. What comes afterward is Emily's story of recovery and self-forgiveness. It is set in a New England boarding school; it features fully developed yet quirky supporting characters, and possibly the spirit of Emily Dickinson, who proffer help to our devastated protagonist. In the end, it is Emily Beam who must come to terms with what has happened, her actions, and ultimately, her responsibility. This story is wonderfully told in verse and prose.
224 pages 978-0-385-74057-9 Ages 14 and up
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Recommended by Joy E Millam, MS.Ed