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The Side Door

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On her first day of high school, fifteen-year-old Melrose Bird, a.k.a. Mel, sees a woman on a park bench staring at Drift High School where her teenage son, Alex Weber, died five years ago.

Alex Weber's death has never been discussed in the town or at the school. But Mel and her best friend Frank become obsessed with Alex's grave and consumed by the why of his suicide. When

Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Spinsters Ink (first published July 10th 2010)
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Leslie Salley
I read this aloud to Witt Salley when he was in a coma, and when I finished, I was at Thai Spice, across from the hospital, waiting for my friends to join me. Tears were pooling in my eyes, and JF came in, sat down, saw me crying and (naturally) assumed I was upset about Witt. I was, really, but I was also upset about this novel.

It's a great story of putting together the pieces of a mystery while dealing with the constant reminder that being who we are is such a challenge when it isn't who ever
Jan Donley has written a gorgeous story about find yourself, accepting yourself, accepting others and standing up for what's right - all when your a teenager. I hope that this book is added to reading list's and librarys around the world so that people can see the talent that is displayed in the clever characters created. This book shared equal top place in my 2010 reading.

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