Each Unique and Fascinating by M. Ferguson Powers

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Each Unique and Fascinating, M. Ferguson Powers’ absorbing, provocative novel for adults and young adults tells how everyday events during a visit by teenage biology-geek, Julia, to her grandparents on a Pacific Northwest island turn into adventures that teach her about love and letting others help her reach her goals.

Julia’s divorced parents are in unspoken but determined competition to shape how she approaches life, with her mother insisting she avoid problems, and her father requiring her to confront them. As they come and go--her career-driven mother traveling for her job, and her career-military father deploying to dangerous assignments in war zones--Julia misses them and worries greatly about her father. Her story is rooted in the sustaining powers of supportive grandparents, an intelligent dog, and an opinionated younger sister whom she bosses around and protects. When an interesting boy with the unusual nickname “Mister Blue” arrives on the island, Julia is immersed in new adventures that force her to grapple with issues of fear, jealousy, and bullying.

With wry humor, an action-packed plot, and characters that come to life on every page, Each Unique and Fascinating will captivate anyone who relishes a rare tale of the everyday bravery of a young girl expected to deal with challenges beyond her years.

About M. Ferguson Powers

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Author and editor M. Ferguson Powers has taught microbiology, headed a university office of research, served as executive director of two university-business partnership centers, and co-authored two books on university administration. She has a bachelor's degree in bacteriology from The Pennsylvania State University, a master's in experimental psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and two shelties. Her next book, OrcaSpeak, a novel of relationships and suspense, will be available in the winter of 2012, and its prequel in 2014.
Published July 9, 2012 by Whidbey Publishing. 199 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mister Blue, who is even shyer and stranger than Julia, ruffles her feathers at first—and the fact that his mother has recently died while serving in the National Guard does nothing to assuage her overwhelming worry about her father’s dangerous job.

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