“A Cappella” (ISBN 1460963547) by Tanya Jennings Keenan transports readers into the hallways and classrooms of Maryhill Academy, a fictional Catholic high school in the equally fictitious Chicago suburb of Lily Park. Once inside, readers will meet Angelina, Blake, Catherine and Renee, four teenage girls navigating the often rough waters of adulthood under the guidance and love of their advanced chorale quartet leader, Sister Camille.
Each of the girls faces a unique, challenging battle leading up to the last few weeks of their senior year, but their stories, experiences and feelings will resonate with young female readers. While they had once been best friends, Angelina, Renee and Catherine now spend their days apart and yearning for their shattered friendship in their own ways. Blake and Catherine bond over their African-American background and desire to steer clear of sex and drugs, while Renee uses these dangerous vices to numb her pain.
From the loss of a parent to cancer and choosing the right college to experimenting with sex and unrequited crushes, the four teenage girls must work hard and focus to find the right paths for them as individuals. With the help of Sister Camille and their shared love of music and song, they may be able to find their way.
“As a former high school teacher, I am both fascinated and troubled by the sexual pressures placed upon teenage girls. As a mother of daughters, I am also highly concerned,” Keenan says. “‘A Cappella’ addresses these pressures and sends young girls who might be facing the same issues a positive, reassuring message.”
“A Cappella” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Tanya Jennings Keenan attended the University of Wisconsin where, as a chancellor scholar, she earned a bachelor’s in secondary education and English as well as the University of Chicago where she earned a master’s in humanities. Until the birth of her oldest daughter, Keenan worked as a high school English teacher in Grayslake, Ill. She currently works as an adjunct writing instructor at Mount Mary College and a writing lab tutor at Bryant and Stratton College, both in Milwaukee. The wife and mother of three enjoys traveling, Zumba, playing the piano, and all things fantasy football.
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