"Star realistically depicts the struggles of teen parenthood and the responsibility, stress, and stigma it brings…. Appealing to realistic-fiction fans and reluctant readers."
--School Library Journal
"When Star, 15, has a baby, her boyfriend, Wilson, denies that he is the father. The voices are right-on.... Told from Star and Wilson's alternating viewpoints, the fast dialogue and inner conflicts explore questions about class, generation, and especially gender, and readers will connect easily with the story that challenges stereotypes... With its central issue of male responsibility, this is a teen pregnancy story for both sexes."
"Star In The Middle is a complex and multifaceted story that addresses the issues of teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, responsibility, coming to terms with your mistakes and learning from them… This isn't anything like the average YA material on the market. Rather, Star In the Middle provides a realistic portrayal of what happens when children have children and the complexities and heartbreak that can arise as a consequence."
About Star in the Middle...
At sixteen, Star Peters is determined to keep her baby, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult each day. Instead of training for her high school's cross-country team and preparing for her junior year, she is struggling to meet her baby's needs, while trying to cope with painful, haunting secrets that she's shared with no one. Wilson Fletcher, the baby's father, someone Star had loved and trusted, won't even acknowledge that the baby is his. To make things even more complicated, Star's grandmother, concerned with her granddaughter's struggles as a teen mother, is threatening to put Star in foster care and find adoptive parents for the baby. Star finds support from friends, especially Todd Ryan, a teen father caring for his infant daughter -- and at a center she attends for teen parents. Wilson, at seventeen, is smart, athletic and popular. He just wants to get on with life, but he's finding it difficult to forget about Star. As family and friends encourage Wil to accept his responsibility as a father, he begins to understand some important truths about the girl he can't forget, himself, and what he believes to be true. In alternating chapters, Star and Wil voice their most intimate secrets, feelings, hopes and fears about themselves and their baby.
A Galley Cat Best Teen Book 2010
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Many of you have asked about my next book. After spending over two years working on this project, and with a special shout out to my critique group, I feel I am ready to query publishers.
The colors are changing in Carrington Moore’s world. Instead of rejoining her fellow classmates at West Bay High this fall, she’s moving two hours away to finish her senior year at Antietam High School. A successful varsity soccer player, Carrie mourns the loss of playing with her old teammates and rejects the idea of joining another team. She reluctantly breaks up with her boyfriend, Reed, after spending over two years with him, and struggles to imagine life without Hanna, her best friend since preschool. As she drives into the Civil War town her parents chose to relocate to after her father’s affair, Carrie is reminded of visits there in happier times when her brothers were her father’s pride and joy, she was her daddy’s little girl—and her mother was the love of his life. Convinced that her father is still involved in the relationship that threatened her parent’s marriage, Carrie faces her deepest fear—that somehow she is to blame for her father’s affair.
Changing Colors is a story of a girl’s struggle to trust again after being betrayed. It’s the story of friendship, and Carrie’s realization that friendship starts with being a friend. It’s the story of a soccer player who finds that loyalty is as much about promoting the sport she loves, as being loyal to her old team. Changing Colors is the story of a young woman's realization that trust begins with trusting herself.