Under a Purple Moon
by Beverly Stowe McClure GENRE: YA contemporary
Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother's criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can't deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden's not sure what the word love means.
“Done.” A lighter, happier tune floated around us. Humming along, Murphy thumped his fingers on his knee. With the warm room, the music, and Murphy close by, my body relaxed. My mind could not relax, however. I remembered every little detail of the past hour. Nora my mother insisted I call her by her name told me I put too much salt in the meatloaf. She said I also set the table wrong. According to her, I couldn’t do anything right. The argument started when Dad defended me. So here I am, for the second or third time this week.
“Eden, Eden. You okay?”
Murphy shook my shoulder gently, dragging me from my thoughts. “I’m okay.”
“You sure.? Why are you crying?’
“Crying?” I touched my cheek. Dampness chilled my fingers.
He handed me a napkin. “You want to talk about it?”
I wiped my eyes and drippy nose. “No.”
“All right. You want to play a game?”
“What do you have in mind?”
A light tapping noise from the direction of the front door interrupted Murphy’s answer. I scooted closer to him and whispered, “Murph, did you hear that?”
I clicked off the CD player.
The tapping repeated itself.
“That. Listen. Someone’s at the door.” I snuffed out the candles.
A muffled voice called, “Murph, it’s me.”
I eyed Murphy. “Whoever’s out there knows your name.”
“Yeah, I better let him in.”
For twenty-two years Beverly Stowe McClure taught children to read and to write. Her students taught her patience. Most of the time these days, you’ll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks with her Tiger cat and snaps pictures of clouds, flowers, and wildlife. She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax, she also enjoys playing the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.
Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has fifteen books published for children and teens, along with short stories in three Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.