12-year-old Afeni wants no part of a pregnant 15-year-old coming to live with her and her mom. They have had plenty of troubles of their own, and now that they're into a routine Afeni is comfortable with, she doesn't want a stranger invading their world. Rebecca lives in New York with her mom and six siblings. They are poor and Claire, the mom struggles with depression. The Dear One examines so many issues in such a small space. Through character and circumstance, the reader navigates through socio-economics, stereotypes, homosexuality, untraditional family units, adoption, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, death and grieving. In The Dear One, we experience the power of fiction: learning through the intimacy of relationships.
February 12, 1963
Prolific Writer of 22 titles for children and young adults.
Currently teaching at Goodard College, Plainfield, VT