Just Like Elizabeth Taylor by LuAnn Staheli – Please enter your links into THIS FORM.
From Author Heather Moore:
Lu Ann Staheli, a dear friend of mine, is suffering from stage 4 cancer. In November she decided to stop doing chemo that wasn’t helping and to focus on time with her family. As we are now seeing her rapid decline, one of my other author friends, Jeff Savage, has put together a fundraising page in order to help Lu Ann and her family with extensive medical bills. Last July, Lu Ann had surgery and that’s when the cancer was found. From August-November she did chemo faithfully. She tried to continue working as a school librarian while dealing with chemo, but finally had to take a leave of absence. Her husband took an extended leave from work as well to care for her and their five boys, and he hasn’t been able to work a full day since August.
I’m not asking for donations, but I’m hoping that those of you who are on social media will be willing to share this link:
In conjunction with this fundraising campaign I am offering LuAnn’s book for review through this site. Anyone who is willing to read and review this title will be emailed a copy.
This is a YA coming of age novel. There is some abuse before she escapes her house, but nothing graphic at all.
JUST LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR
**Winner of the Utah Arts Council Original Writing Competition, Juvenile Division
**Winner of the League of Utah Writer’s Juvenile Novel & Diamond Quill Award
Twelve-year-old Liz Taylor has known for a long time that she would escape—escape the abuse against herself—escape her mother’s boyfriend Mark. Liz just doesn’t know how or when.
Then the perfect opportunity comes—money left of the table by Mark—and Liz is on the run. But a girl her age doesn’t have many options when it comes to hideouts, making a K.O.A. Kampground and a nearby middle school her perfect choices.
If only she can keep to her true identity secret, Liz knows she can make it on her own, until she realizes she must face her situation head on if she is to save herself and her mom.
Praise for the book:
The things I liked most about this story are the characterization and voice. There’s an outward feel of innocence and simplicity at first glance, but there’s so much more lying right beneath the surface, and that’s what made it beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. If I could ask for more, it would be for, well, more–I’d love to have been able to spend a little more time with Elizabeth… ~Author Annette Lyon
Very well written. My heart broke for these characters. Elizabeth was amazing. Wonderful story of triumph in difficult situations. ~Mindy