Yes, we WestSide authors do love stories that are about what teens deal with in their lives. Sometimes we tell about the funny side of those school years or we dig deep and reveal the darker experiences. Our stories are out there so young readers can connect with our characters, so they can understand others have gone through many of the same things as they have. We’re saying, “You’re not alone.”
This week I’m starting a Sunday Special Series, featuring WestSide authors and their books. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Here’s what Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of Stuck in Neutral has to say about her second book. Beth Fehlbaum digs down into the intensely painful and unforgettable pain of Ashley Asher, a girl who has every reason to give up all hope, but who chooses the far more difficult path, finding a way to be strong and healthy. An extremely brave work, Hope in Patience takes us places we don’t want to go but must, if we are to care about victims of child sexual abuse.
Ashley’s story is about courage and the power of hope to overcome fear. This is not ‘an abuse story– it is a survival story, as evidenced by the bravery shown by all the teenagers in the Patience books, who face life-changing events head-on. Beth Fehlbaum