Blurb: One rainy spring night, on a dark Texas back road, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Barret’s father, Sam, a molecular biologist at Orion Laboratories, is kidnapped. Armed with nothing more than her own courage, a phone number on a candy wrapper, and her loyal dog, Chopin, she begins a desperate attempt to rescue him. On the way to her neighbor Mitch Pearson’s house for help, Jen meets Casey Christopher, a runaway on a quest of his own-to find his father who walked out on Casey and his mother thirteen years earlier. As they attempt to piece together the clues that keep turning up in unusual places, a chilling secret is revealed.
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Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother’s criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can’t deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden’s not sure what the word love means.
Three other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden’s world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all.
Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?
I’m happy to announce that Under a Purple Moon was awarded a silver medal in the Children’s Literary Classics Awards, teen category. Thank you for letting me share my news with you.
Some really nice reviews are coming in. Here are a few snippets.
Under a Purple Moon is a book about friendship, and in particular, about one young girl who comes to accept her own self-worth. Author Beverly Stowe McClure has done a splendid job depicting the wide and varied range of emotions experienced by Eden and her friends. Under a Purple Moon is a book which young readers will find to be very relatable.
Children’s Literary Classics
McClure’s story makes you feel for each of these kids, and you pull for them as they struggle to make their lives whole. Many teen readers will connect with these characters and how they create a family for themselves. C. Lee McKenzie
This is an exceptionally well-written book, filled with painful truths about growing up, but also the joys of young love, anticipation, and the excitement of conquering new challenges. I loved the writing style, enjoyed the deep characterizations, and felt the ending was believable and satisfying. The author did a great job, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Highly recommended! Laura