After Covid-19 ends, sixteen-year-old Theo yearns for her life to get back to normal. Instead, her mother plans to move her from Chicago to a small, sleepy town in the Midwest. Her best friend warns her she is heading to a redneck land, where people’s knuckles scrape the ground, so it is with some trepidation that Theo arrives at her family’s Minnesotan fishing resort. There, she immediately discovers a dead body.
Trying to find her footing in her strange, new environment, she gets entangled in the mystery of multiple dead bodies—which inconveniently keep popping up. As she seeks answers, she becomes involved in the Miss Apple Blossom pageant, where contestants literally risk their lives because the pageant is cursed!
While searching for the serial killer, coping with auditory worries, and struggling with her parents’ divorce, she optimistically keeps fishing for her first kiss. Who ever said being sixteen was easy?
Finalist in the "Young Adult Fiction" category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2021)
Finalist in the "Books for Teenagers" category of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2020)
Notable Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Competition (2020)
Honorable Mention in the "Young Adult Fiction" category of the Purple Dragonfly Awards (2021)
"It’s funny, cleverly plotted and thoroughly gripping. From the fun first chapter…to the exciting ending, I was engrossed… Even Goats Need Closure (cool title by the way) is, in many ways, a gem of a book... The authors keep the focus on the central characters and the plot, keep things moving and, most importantly, keep surprising the reader whenever they can." — Wishing Shelf Book Reviews
"EVEN GOATS NEED CLOSURE, by Jane Donovan and Holly Trechter, is a Young Adult coming-of-age novel with an engrossing fish-out-of-water storyline and irreverent comic wit. The authors give their audience a fresh attitude with angst and energy, and their writing makes the most of a murder mystery and a touch of romance. Good pacing and relatable characters." — IndieReader
“A fully entertaining blend of humor, romance, mystery, teenage angst, and the kind of coming of age story that will prove to be a winning combination -- making this deftly crafted novel especially and unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of young readers ages 13-18, and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to middle school, high school, and community library YA Fiction collections.” — The Midwest Book Review
Category: Young adult novel
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Length: 256 pages
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