LASSO THE MOON by Dennis Covington
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When 17-year-old April Hunter first sees Fernando, it is easy to dismiss him as just another of her father's indigent Latin American patients.



Yet, despite her feelings, April can't keep herself from thinking about Fernando. How did he get the horrendous scar on his neck? What is his birthplace, El Paraiso, El Salvador, like? As curiosity turns to fascination and fascination to love, April learns the horrifying and mind-boggling story of Fernando's life. But when she hears a different story from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, she has to wonder whom to trust.


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About Dennis Covington

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Dennis Covington's Lizard won the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, in 1993. Lizard is the name of a 13-year-old boy sent to the Leesville Louisiana State School for Retarded Boys because of his unusual appearance. He escapes when a shoe salesman claims to be his father. Covington's second young adult novel is Lasso the Moon, "a right of passage" story about a young girl. Covington later wrote Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, and has written many articles on Central America for the New York Times and Vogue. His short stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Southern Exposure, The Greensboro Review, and other periodicals. Covington graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he teaches fiction writing. He and his wife, novelist Vicki Covington, have two daughters.
 
Published February 1, 1995 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 196 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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April Hunter, a high-school senior, lives with her father, a recovering alcoholic, on an island off the coast of Georgia.

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PW praised the ""well-observed setting"" and ""thoughtfully probed relationships."" Ages 12-up.

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April Hunter and her divorced father, Jack, a recovering alcoholic, have recently moved to the island of Saint Simons from Atlanta, where Jack's drinking destroyed his cardiology practice.

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