Summerspell by Jean Thesman

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Living with her sister and brother-in-law after the death of her grandparents, Jocelyn finds her world shattered when her brother-in-law abuses her and forces her to run away to the family summer cabin until her custody arrangements can be changed.

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.
Published June 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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it takes a tragedy to make her understand that some secrets ``should be shouted at ever street corner until someone listens.'' There are contrived twists in the plot, but the characters are well-drawn and believable, and the budding relationship between Jocelyn and her classmate, Baily, who...

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Jocelyn has spent a miserable two years living with her half-sister, Hope, and Hope's husband, Gerald, a bigoted, mean-minded preacher.

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Publisher's Summary: While living with her sister, fifteen-year-old Jocelyn has trouble with her hateful brother-in-law and runs away to her family's summer cabin, where the unwanted presence of two boys complicates her plan of escape.

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