In aesop lake vermont based writer sarah ward looks at bullying sexual assault and gay rights through aesops fablestaking care to avoid preaching ward makes morality something to be talked about the story of leda keogh who witnesses a violent hate crime against two of her classmates a gay couple. Aesop lake by sarah l ward age range 12 18 buy now from amazon barnes noble local bookseller get weekly book recommendations email address subscribe tweet kirkus review a hate crime thrusts two high school acquaintances in rural vermont into a quandary of loyalty and moral responsibility . Sarah wards aesop lake is a deceptively gentle yet fierce novel about trauma and recovery ward a social worker brings a great amount of expertise and empathy to her subject yet she balances this with crisp intelligent prose and also finds a clever way to weave aesops fables in the narrative. Sarah ward writes young adult fiction poetry and journal articles in the field of child welfare over a twenty five year career as a social worker sarah has worked with young adults and families with harrowing backgrounds. Join sarah ward for a talk on her new young adult novel aesop lake about the book one warm may night at the town reservoir seventeen year old leda keogh sees her boyfriend do something awfulshe wants to forget it ever happened but david needs her to be his alibi and is willing to destroy her family if she refuses
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