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ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, she just knows she’ll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to re-invent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.
With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though, her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.
As ClaireLee washed and dried her shaky hands at the kitchen
sink, the wind howled and the cabin creaked. Dark corners played
mean tricks on her imagination. She pressed on her stomach. The
knots there were growing into boulders. Glancing at the
woodstove, she needed to check it.
Upon inspection, ClaireLee found the fire needed feeding.
Only bark chips and debris lay scattered in an empty wood box.
Venturing outside in search for the log pile was not the answer. Not
in the dark. Not by herself. Not without Mama. A shiver slid from
her neck and spread through her back. The river and wind teamed
together in a frenzy, sounding like a beast ready to gulp them—
cabin and all.
Author Jean Ann Williams, the eldest in a large family, enjoys digging into her fascinating childhood to create stories for children. Having written over one hundred articles for children and adults, this is her first book. Jean Ann and her husband live on one acre where they raise a garden, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are hiking through the woods and practicing archery with her bow.
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