Valley of Saint Anne ~~ Dave Gioia

Valley of Saint Anne by Dave Gioia
Deirdre Beyer, 12, is inspired to keep a diary when she reads Anne Frank's DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL. Dee Dee writes faithfully to Anne as Anne did to her imaginary friend Kitty and her diary entries reveal an inquisitive and insightful young mind as she shares the happenings in her life: Changes in her body and her growing curiosity about sex; her first encounter with a boy; her father's tragic death; her mother's loneliness; her desire to have a Quinceanera; and the confidence and courage she gains learning to surf. Dee Dee's character is central to the novel and its moral compass. Her coming of age story is one of many stories in this novel rich in characters set in Southern California that deals with subjects ranging from drug trafficking and undocumented immigrants to adoption, alcoholism and incest." Full Synopsis
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