Rainy Season by Adele Griffin

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As a nation teeters on the brink, Lane struggles to hold herself—and her family—together
In 1977 Panama, there is no greater issue than the ownership of the famous canal. Completed by the Americans in 1914, it has been under the control of the US Army ever since, and Panama wants it back. For the thousands of Americans who live in the slender strip of land known as the Canal Zone, the Canal is more than a political issue—it is their entire life.  Lane Beck has been a lifelong “military brat,” but she is not cut out for her father’s latest tour of duty on a Panamanian army base. Bookish and timid, she lives in fear that the fragile political treaty might break, and chaos will ensue. She is afraid her family might erupt, as well—she is constantly anxious about her reckless, unpredictable brother, and haunted by a tragedy in her family’s past. Change is coming to the Canal Zone, and Lane will do whatever it takes to make sure the people she loves survive. This ebook features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
 

About Adele Griffin

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ADELE GRIFFIN is the critically acclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including My Almost Epic Summer, The Other Shepards, and National Book Award Finalists Where I Want to Be and Sons of Liberty. She lives in New York City.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 144 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Their joking, bickering, and horseplay seem perfectly normal, but there's an underlying tension, fueled by a mystery revealed in tossed-off hints and clues and in an album of oddly cropped family photos, Charlie's bursts of unreasoning aggression, and Lane's chronic, near-hysterical anxiety.

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Lane and Charlie, it emerges, had an older sister, Emily, who died in a car accident, and Lane and Charlie's parents have attempted, military-style, to impose order on the family's grief by forbidding anyone to talk of Emily.

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PW gave a starred review to this novel of a single day in the life of an anxiety-ridden girl living on an Army base near the Panama Canal, calling it ""ambitiously conceived and sharply observed."" Ages 10-14.

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