By Melissa Lion
Wendy Lamb Books, Paperback, 9780375839542, 160pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 2006
Marty’s small town in Alaska is the most beautiful place in the world. There she and her beloved boyfriend, Steven, can walk through fields of fireweed, explore the wild, and tie pink floozy fishing lures to catch the salmon that swim upstream. But when she starts her senior year, Marty must return to school by herself. Without Steven. Something happened during the summer that changed things forever.
It’s a small town and people are starting to talk; Marty can feel their stares and hear their whispers. But they weren’t there and they don’t know. Only Marty knows what really happened, and it’s something she must never, ever tell.
“Recommend this novel to savvy reluctant readers; it is an emotionally complex story told clearly, poignantly, and economically.” --School and Library Journal, starred