Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BENEATH A METH MOON by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel Daneau lost her mother and grandmother in hurricane floodwaters.  Her father took her and her three month old little brother to higher ground at her Aunt G's house while her mother stayed with her grandmother who refused to leave their family home.

Now Laurel is trying to settle in and adjust to life without these important women.  A new friend encourages her to tryout for the cheerleading squad, and she is soon shaking her poms poms in support of the Tigers.  One of the Tigers is a star on the basketball team.  T-Boom makes Laurel feel special.  He also introduces her to meth.  The two assure each other that they can stop any time.

Meth soon takes first place over the relationship, and Laurel's life spirals out of control.  She risks the love and support of her family and friendship with her best friend Kaylee to chase what she calls the "moon." 

Talented author Jacqueline Woodson takes readers on an emotional journey as Laurel remembers her past and struggles with her future.  Woodson emphasizes the power of meth and the ongoing determination required to deal with its life destroying force.  At less than 200 pages, this fast-paced read is one you won't want to miss.

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