Author Archives: Shannon Menu

Monday October 4, 2021

Lynn's Comments: When Gordon was roped into taking Tracey to the dance, I'd planned for them to become great friends—which is the best way to begin a romantic relationship. At the time, I had not envisioned their eventual marriage.

Saturday October 2, 2021

Lynn's Comments: Gordon did not have a happy home life. Everyone else's problems seemed trivial to him. His dad was abusive and his mother, complacent. It was up to Gordon to decide for himself how to navigate this pressure-filled world. Many young readers identified with him.

Friday September 24, 2021

Lynn's Comments: I got into some trouble, of course, for showing the kids smoking. Because a situation like this is not resolved until the next day, readers were left with a disturbing image that bothered them for 24 hours. I would often get an angry letter soon followed by an apology from folks who saw that the situation was just a set-up to be appropriately dealt with later, or so I hoped.