The identity of a town provides a thoughtful back drop to What's in a Name by Ellen Wittlinger (ages 12& up). In ten interlocking stories the town of Scrub Harbor is not alone with its identity crisis. Covering all the bases Wittlinger draws characters from all walks of life and backgrounds to evince the struggles for change and self awareness in realistic teen voices. In a multi-layered plot filled with intrigue the author keeps us engrossed until the very end. — Jessica Wood
What's really going on here?
There's something brewing in the town of Scrub Harbor and it's not just about changing the name from Scrub Harbor to Folly Bay. O'Neill has a secret. Adam is starting over. Christine has a crush. Gretchen has a cause. You'll get an earful getting to know them!
About the Author
Ellen Wittlinger was the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and its sequel Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. A former children’s librarian, she passed away in November 2022 at the age of seventy-four.