New Guild member Pam Ehrenberg’s Tillmon County Fire (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2009) has been nominated for the American Library Association Rainbow Project, Tillmon County Fire is a “cleverly plotted and well-crafted story of abuse and vengeance is told in pieces from the varying perspectives of a half-dozen teens” in Appalachia (School Library Journal).
Ehrenberg’s Ethan, Suspended (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007) received a starred review in Booklist and was named VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School in 2007. In this novel, eighth-grader Ethan Oppenheimer moves in with his grandparents, who are the last remaining Jewish couple in their Washington, D.C., neighborhood. As the only Caucasian student in school, Ethan faces a number of challenges, including new friendships, remedial oboe lessons, and a romantic encounter in the Martin Luther King, Jr., library. Ultimately, these experiences help him come to terms with his parents' impending divorce and with the crisis that led to his leaving home. The setting for this book was inspired by a D.C. junior high school where Ehrenberg taught in 2000-2001.
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