Growing Season

by T. Jensen Lacey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/5/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9780759689664
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9781420852752

About the Book

Thirteen-year-old Kati is sent to her godparent's house for the summer, while her parents decide if their marriage is worth saving. Unhappy over the prospect of being the child of a broken home, Kati is at first a reluctant guest of Alfred and Rachel Bean, deep in the Alabama countryside on the shores of Cove Lake.

As Kati struggles for happiness and self-acceptance, she finds mystery, drama, and adventure – even a little romance.

Her adventures begin the day she arrives, when she helps Alfred, a veterinarian, with a canine Caesarian section. She befriends Alex Parker, deaf from a skiing accident, whose mother, Cynthia, is overprotective as well as lonely.

Her summer gets more complicated when she meets a half-Comanche agriculture pilot, "Mad Jack," who enlists her help in renovating a World War II-era Stearman bi-plane. Then she finds herself falling for who she thinks is "the perfect guy," the charming Skip Emmett.

Kati takes on the role of mediator with Cynthia and Alex, and discovers she can make a difference somewhere in the world. Ultimately, she comes to terms with herself, her parents, her new and often confusing feelings for the opposite sex, and her newfound love of flying – in what is suddenly a too-brief summer.

About the Author

A freelance writer and journalist, Lacey's award-winning work has been published for over twenty-five years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of North Alabama with a B.S. degree in Education and English. She was in the 1995 WHO'S WHO IN THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST, nominated to the 1996 WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD, and is a member of the Catholic Press Association, Western Writers of America, Tennessee Writers’ Alliance and The Library of Congress Association.

Her writing experience has been with six newspapers and several magazines, among them the award-winning magazine, VANDERBILT. She has published over 500 articles on a variety of topics, and is a contributor to the best-selling CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL book series.

Being of Native American descent, Lacey has studied and written about Native American history and culture, resulting in the publication of two books, THE BLACKFEET (1995) and THE PAWNEE (1996, both by Chelsea House, New York). Her previous book, AMAZING TENNESSEE, was released in 2000. Her story, GROWING SEASON, is her first multi-cultural Young Adult novel.

Lacey resides in Clarksville, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. She enjoys being outdoors, giving writers' workshops, doing book signings, and speaking to groups on a variety of topics.

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