Under a Purple Moon
by Beverly Stowe McClure
GENRE: YA contemporary
“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.”
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.
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