(PRWEB) February 21, 2009
Things just couldn't be worse for young Jasmine O'Connor. Her Mom and Dad had divorced some years back - and then her Mom died. Her Dad was never able to make a real go of things and the two of them have moved around, town to town, looking to establish a solid base to help them build a future.
And now, they've come to Kylie Cove, a quaint little town on the Niagara Peninsula in southern Ontario where her Dad has bought a house, sight unseen, that he will operate as a bed and breakfast while he contemplates the best-selling novel that he just knows is somewhere inside him. All he needs is the right break.
But, oh, dear! The house is a dilapidated mess. It needs all kinds of work - structural work, refurbishing work, sweat-and-toil work - and it may be haunted to boot. Other families have bought the house before, but they didn't last long. They got spooked out.
And that's just the house. At St. Michael's, her new high school, Jasmine is one lost, lonely soul. She just can't make friends; she's the new kid in town and she's being ostracized. What is a young teenaged girl to do?
This is the backdrop to Joy Lynn Goddard's latest young-teen novel entitled Jazz (that's the short form of Jasmine). It's a delightful read, a reminder to adults of just how difficult the young-teen years can be - and a life's lesson for teenage readers. They will see themselves and their own problems and heartaches in Jasmine's journey toward acceptance.
But before they see that, they will also encounter Bailey, who sees Jasmine as a potential rival for the affections of her boyfriend Luke, who happens to share Jasmine's interest in rowing. Bailey, the most popular girl at St. Michael's, threatens Jasmine, telling her she's as good as dead.
Jazz ignores the threat, but next thing you know, she's at death's door, found by Luke. unconscious on the ground. Will she live - or will she die? Luke has just seconds to save her life.
You will have to read Jazz to see how it all turns out. But rest assured, the young teens in your family will love this book. It's a great read with a great message for young adults, another delightful work of fiction from Goddard's creative pen.
Buy this book for your kids - they will love it. Guaranteed.
by Joy Lynn Goddard
Published by: Chestnut Publishing