What happens when the lies you tell grow so high you can't see the truth?
To the outside world Avery Denton's life looks happy, normal even. But it isn't. Not even close. She believes nothing can make it worse. When her mother skips town with their banker, the small-town gossips focus on her.
Jaxson Stewart, Avery's neighbor and friend, has had a crush on her for years. She makes his heart race, which is dangerous for a boy with a heart condition. Unlike their community, he refuses to hold her mother's actions against her.
Avery's summer heats up when Jaxson kisses her under a star lit sky. The rest of her life boils over, though, when Avery becomes the target of revenge, her alcoholic father's anger escalates, and long-hidden family secrets come to light.
Can Avery find strength in the truth? Or will she continue to struggle through knee-high lies?
|File size:||546 KB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Dawn Ford lives in a small town nestled among the Loess Hills in Western Iowa with her husband, youngest son, and a wonder beagle. Dawn’s love for stories came naturally to her as a child who was lucky enough to be able to explore the Iowa pastures and countryside in search of adventure. Dawn adores anything steampunk, is mesmerized by shiny, pretty things, and needs at least one good, strong cup of coffee to wake her up a day. Dawn’s novel, Kingdom Come, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award in the Speculative Genre. Her flash fiction stories have been featured in Splickety Publishing Group’s Havok magazine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Avery is on the receiving end of small-town gossip and bullying. Her mother disappears, sending her father on an alcohol-fueled downward spiral. Avery has to keep her act together - if anyone finds out about her home life, she'll be sent to foster care and lose her boyfriend. This story has many strengths. Avery had my sympathies right away - I wanted to move her into my spare bedroom. The fast-paced plot and cliff-hangers made this a book I didn't want to put down. A small town in the Loess Hills of Iowa is an unusual setting. And most importantly, the author understands the impact of dysfunctional families on children. The character of Elaine is a role model for us all - keep an eye out for those who need help and do what needs to be done. Bravo, Dawn Ford!