“Kephart turns her attention to historical fiction in her latest novel for teens. Katherine is reeling from the death of her twin sister. Wracked by feelings of guilt and betrayal, Katherine is trying to end her life. The tension between past and future is what really makes this novel shine. Readers will find themselves immersed in the 1800s, captivated by Kephart's writing, and rooting for Katherine the whole way.”
— Mandy King, The Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO
It is 1876, the year of the Centennial in Philadelphia and Katherine has recently lost her twin sister Anna in a tragic skating accident. The loss haunts and threatens to suffocate her, and one wickedly hot September day, Katherine sets out for the exhibition grounds to end the life she no longer wants to live. But Katherine's not as alone as she thinks, and a surprise encounter may just save her from her own tragic end. Filled with vivid detail and exquisite writing that artfully brings the past to life, National Book Award nominee Beth Kepart's Dangerous Neighbors is a timeless and finely crafted novel about betrayal and guilt, hope and despair, love, loss, and new beginnings.
About the Author
Beth Kephart is the author of 10 books, including the National Book Award finalist A Slant of Sun; the Book Sense pick Ghosts in the Garden; the autobiography of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, Flow; the acclaimed business fable Zenobia; and the critically acclaimed novels for young adults, Undercover, House of Dance, Nothing but Ghosts, and The Heart Is Not a Size. "The Longest Distance," a short story, appears in the May 2009 HarperTeen anthology, No Such Thing as the Real World.
Kephart has also won many honors, including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fiction grant, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Leeway grant, a Pew Fellowships in the Arts grant, and the Speakeasy Poetry Prize. You can visit her online at www.beth-kephart.blogspot.com.