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The Holiday Visitor Tara Taylor Quinn 0373782721 9780373782727 Friday, September 4, 1992Dear James Winston Malone,They gave me your name as someone who wanted to write to someone else who had a parent that was a rape victim. My name is Marybeth Lawso
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The Holiday Visitor by Tara Taylor Quinn

Friday, September 4, 1992Dear James Winston Malone,They gave me your name as someone who wanted to write to someone else who had a parent that was a rape victim. My name is Marybeth Lawson. I am twelve years old. My mother was raped and killed last March. I just started eighth grade this year. If you want, we can write.Sincerely, Marybeth LawsonTuesday, September 8, 1992Dear Marybeth Lawson,I just turned thirteen last week. When will you be thirteen? I am in eighth grade, too. Writings cool if thats what you want.Later, James MaloneSaturday, September 12, 1992Dear James,I only want to write if you do. But if you do, I do, too.Sincerely, Marybeth LawsonP.S. I turn thirteen in January. Im the youngest in my class because I started kindergarten early.Tuesday, September 15, 1992Dear Marybeth,Okay, yeah, I want to. What classes are you taking? I have shop. I like it. I make things out of metal. Right now Im working on a shelf for the bathroom wall for my moms birthday. Theres no medicine cabinet in there. We just moved and the place isnt all that great. I have art, too, and thats cool. English and the rest of that stuff Im not so good at. I get okay grades, I just dont like em. Like whos ever going to need to know that that Shakespeare dude wrote about some guy who killed a king to be king and then had his wife commit suicide and then was beheaded? What kind of crap is that?Sorry. You probably like that stuff.Later, JamesFriday, September 18, 1992Dear James,I cant believe youre reading Shakespeare, too! In our school its only the advanced classes who get it in eighth grade. I didnt much likeMacbeth,either, but Iloved Romeo and Juliet.They were almost our age. Not that that means anything. I wouldnt be in love if they paid me a million dollars. I just liked that they were such good friends that they would die for each other.Someday I want to have a friend like that. (I can tell you that because youre just a piece of paper in another city and Ill never have to meet you or anything. Thats what they said in counseling.) Youre in counseling, too, right? So your mom lived? Youre very lucky.Write back soon, Marybeth LawsonThursday, September 24, 1992Marybeth,Yeah, Im in counseling just like you, but I dont like it much. And yes, my mom is alive. Its just me and her. I have to watch out for her, cause Im all shes got. But, in case youre wondering, Im pretty good at watching out so if you ever need to say something, go ahead. I wont make nothing of it. I could kinda be your good friend from far away, if you want. If you think thats corny then just forget I said it. Im sorry your mom died.Write back if you want, JamesSaturday, September 26, 1992.Dear James,I just got your letter. Its been over a week and I thought you werent going to write back. I dont think what you said is corny at all. Why dont you like counseling? I think its okay, it just doesnt seem to change anything. They say talking makes it better, but it doesnt. I dont want to talk about it. I just want to forget it. My dad quit already. He didnt like it, either. But he wont let me quit, yet. Hes a great guy. I love him a lot. He cant help that hes so quiet and sad all the time now. Im all hes got, too, and I try my best to take care of him. Ive learned to cook some stuff pretty good, and I already knew how to clean. I ruined some of his white shirts in the wash but he didnt yell or anything. He just told me not to cry and went out and got more. He was always good that way. In the olden days he wouldve given me a hug, but we dont do that around here anymore. Does your mom? Sorry, you dont have to answer that if you dont want to.Schools okay. I was in cheerleading last year but dropped out this year. Im doing gymnastics, though. I got my back handspring. I used to be too chick

Author: Tara Taylor Quinn

Language: English

Edition: Lgr

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance Large Print

Publication Date: 2008-11-11

Our Price: $4.43

ISBN: 0373782721

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