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It's a Green Thing

Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya Series, Book 2
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For the first time that she can remember, Maya Stark is beginning to feel like a "normal" teenager. Even with her mother in jail for drug possession and her pop-star father away on his comeback tour,...
For the first time that she can remember, Maya Stark is beginning to feel like a "normal" teenager. Even with her mother in jail for drug possession and her pop-star father away on his comeback tour,...
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  • For the first time that she can remember, Maya Stark is beginning to feel like a "normal" teenager. Even with her mother in jail for drug possession and her pop-star father away on his comeback tour, Maya's new life with her uncle Allen and cousin Kim is coming together. Summer vacation's just beginning, and with a new job, a new boyfriend, and a new car (hybrid, of course), things are finally starting to look up.

    But that doesn't mean life is about to get any easier. Maya's still devoted to living Green, and her uncle offers her a Green column in his newspaper. With the opportunity to make a difference in the town's attitude toward the environment, Maya wonders how this fits with her newfound commitment to Christ. And if she can really consider herself a Christian when her feelings toward a fellow youth group member are anything but loving...

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    My cousin Kim gave me a new diary yesterday. She received it for graduation, but she prefers to journal on her computer."With a security lock, of course," she confessed. Anyway, this nicely bound book (a green product made of recycled materials) seems to be enticing me to write. Especially since I already filled up my old diary, which is safely hidden away in one of my suitcases tucked into the back of the guest room closet. Okay, as both Kim and my uncle keep telling me, "It's not the guest room, Maya. It's your room." I'm trying to see it that way. But it's not easy. So much about my life is not easy...but I must admit that it's getting better. And I do have hope.

    Anyway, since today was rather interesting and the beginning of summer vacation, I will start here. Although to get "here," I need to go back to before the school year ended. I'd been attending Harrison High for several weeks when Mr. Fenton challenged our art class to volunteer for a community project. We'd been invited by the park district to create a mural on a downtown youth center. A lot of kids signed up, and everyone seemed supportive and interested. But today, the first day of the project, Marissa Phillips and I were the only ones to actually show.

    "It figures," she said as the two of us stood gazing up at the big, boring wall. The paint was splotchy looking, with random beige smears that resembled a bad case of psoriasis. Probably someone's attempt to hide the graffiti and tagging, although a few offensive words still showed through.

    "What do you mean?" I asked.

    "That no one else would come."

    "Why's that?" I adjusted the twisted strap ofmy OshKosh overalls. I'd gotten dressed pretty quickly this morning, barely managing to catch the downtown bus.

    "Because people are basically selfish."

    I turned and looked at her. With hands planted on her hips, Marissa stared at the ugly wall and frowned. For some reason, when I first began attending Harrison High, I felt drawn to this girl. Like we shared some commonality. And I suppose we do have some physical similarities. We're both tall and have long
    hair, although hers is straight and mine is curly. And because she dyes it black, her hair's a lot darker than mine. I think that's why her complexion looks so pale. Whereas mine (thanks to my dad) is the color of café au lait.

    But our looks aside, we are similar in other ways too. Or maybe we both just have an attitude. She's not afraid to speak her mind and has opinions that not everyone shares. She's also two years older than I am. In fact, she just graduated with my cousin Kim. Not that she seems older exactly. Or maybe I just feel older than sixteen. Sometimes I feel like I'm in my thirties. But a hard life can do that to a person.

    "So if that's true," I asked Marissa, "if people are basically selfish, why are you here?"

    She laughed. "I thought you knew."

    "Knew?"

    "I'm doing community service."

    "For what?"

    "Oh...something that happened a couple of months ago. I guess you hadn't moved here yet."

    "What did you do?"

    "I got caught with alcohol in my car."

    "Driving under the influence?" I knew Marissa was kind of a wild child, but I thought she had more sense than that.

    "No." She shook her head firmly. "I wasn't under the influence. I was underage."

    "Well, obviously."

    "It didn't really help much that my dad's a cop." She made a face as she reached into her bag and retrieved a pack of cigarettes. She shook one out, quickly lit it, then blew out an exasperated
    puff.

    "Your dad's a cop?" Now this caught me off guard. Of all people who might have law...

About the Author-
  • Melody Carlson is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than two hundred books for teens, women, and children. She and her husband enjoy an active lifestyle of hiking, camping, and biking in the beautiful yet mysterious Pacific Northwest, where she says, "A new story seems to lurk around every corner."

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  • Jenny B. Jones, Award winning author of In Between and The Charmed Life series

    Praise forIt's a Green Thing"Maya is a fun character! It's not even possible to read It's a Green Thing and not relate to her questions, her challenges, and her struggles as a teen and Christian. And I found myself jotting down her awesome eco-friendly tips!"

  • Virginia Smith, author of Sincerely, Mayla and Stuck in the Middle Praise for A Not-So-Simple Life"As Maya Stark pours her heart out in her journal, readers are treated to an inside view of a life that is at times exotic and unfamiliar, and at other times hauntingly similar to our own. Maya's struggles become our struggles, her pain our pain, and her successes, therefore, even sweeter. A Not-So-Simple Life is another triumph for Melody Carlson."
  • Erynn Mangum, author of Miss Match "Fantastic book! Maya is so easy to like--this is a hard story to put down!"
  • Michelle Buckman, author of Maggie Come Lately and My Beautiful Disaster "Melody Carlson has proven her skill once again at writing gritty stories about characters in difficult situations. In A Not-so-Simple Life, Maya Stark seeks to escape life under the controlling hand of her drug-addict mother by acting on a plan for independence with admirable determination."
  • Patricia Rushford, author of the Max & Me Mysteries "I just finished Melody's book and loved it! The journal format makes the story, and Maya, so real and believable. Readers will easily be able to identify with the realistic approach to a prevalent situation."
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