Taf by Annie Callan
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It’s 1915, and Taf is fleeing an abusive home, terrified that she has accidentally killed her stepbrother. Her escape quickly becomes a quest as she sets out to find her long-missing father. Chance and scraps of memory guide her to Pendleton, Oregon. There she meets a boy who hides her, an old woman with second sight, and a beautiful half-Chinese, half–Nez Perce youth. She also faces hard choices: she can follow the inner voice that urges her onward or accept the love of those who care for her, at the price of her dreams. Illuminating the tensions of the period — the rise of the temperance movement, the intolerance shown foreigners — this lyrical, beautifully crafted novel speaks directly to contemporary teenagers balancing their yearnings against the pull of home and family.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published November 9, 2001 by Cricket Books/Marcato. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There is probably some exotic and intriguing history included in the description of the tunnels beneath the town of Pendleton, the swimming pool on the top floor of the hotel, cowgirl Vera McGinniss, and early advocates of Prohibition’s tactics, but the occasional clinker, such as referring to pe...

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Here the story loses some of its focus in a tangle of subplots: another suitor emerges, Taf's sexuality awakens, she debuts with a musical trio and accepts a stint as caretaker for the daughters of a mentally unbalanced woman, among other things.

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