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Pearson, Mary E.
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
ISBN 0152023208
High school senior, Kaitlin Malone, has had a difficult year. Her father is in prison for involuntary manslaughter, the family is in danger of losing their farm, and now she must begin her senior year at a new school. And not just any school, this school is on Crutchfield land.

The Crutchfields and the Malones have been enemies for generations. Their hatred for each other runs deep and when Kaitlinís father is involved with the death of a Crutchfield, their mutual loathing intensifies. Kaitlin is miserable at her new school until she meets Bram. To escape the lunchroom, Kaitlin spends time in the courtyard writing in her journal. One day an attractive young man carrying a sketchbook interrupts her solitude. They finally meet when Bram shows Kaitlin the sketch he has made of her. Kaitlin finds herself falling in love with Bram and his feelings for her seem equally as strong. Trouble begins again when Kaitlin discovers that Bram is a Crutchfield.

Kaitlin knows she is supposed to hate the Crutchfields but she canít make herself stop seeing Bram. She longs to tell him who she is, but she fears his reaction. When her father comes home from prison and finds out what is happening, Kaitlin knows it is time to tell Bram whom she really is.

Maida Finch  (Colorado Blue Spruce Children's Award)

SUBJECTS:     Vendetta -- Fiction.
                        Honesty -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.


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