During Taylor Schuman's freshman year in high school, she exposes a secret that unravels like a snagged thread on a prom dress.
On the hunt to find the perfect outfits for Spirit Week, the girls discover Kyle's mother's obituary in the attic. It says she was in a coma for a year before she died. That's weird, because they were told Kyle's mother was killed instantly in an automobile accident. Trying to get Kyle to notice her,
A SPECIAL SOMEONE is a young adult mystery (70,000 words), a story that deals with complex issues: death; friendship; and why do parents lie to their children? I am a member of the Society and Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
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A SPECIAL SOMEONE
It was my freshman year in high school when I exposed a secret that unraveled like a snagged thread on a prom dress.
“Are you sure your mother wore mini skirts?” I asked.
Malorie and I ran up the creaky staircase into her attic, a dark, traditional jumble of junk. We were on a mission to find disco outfits for Spirit Week. The 70’s were weird. I couldn’t picture my mother wearing a short skirt, too revolting, given her current uniform of black sweatpants and baggy men’s shirts.
Hidden behind luggage, I found a bin filled with sporting equipment. “Cheerleading tryouts are next week,” I said, smiling down at Kyle’s old Pee Wee football helmet.
“Are you nervous?” Malorie stopped to glance at me then tucked her curls behind her ears.
“What if I don’t make it?” The unknown frightened me.
“You’ll make it.”
More than anything, I wanted to believe her. More than anything, I wanted Kyle to ask me to homecoming.
I worked my way over to the back corner and noticed a wedding dress hanging from one of the rafters. The garment’s gorgeous details shimmered in the dim light. As I pulled the gown toward me the fabric, at the bottom caught on something. I tugged carefully, trying to free the delicate material. When I lifted one side of the dress up, I discovered a large wooden trunk with brass fittings.