It’s the sophomore Local History cemetery visit. Sure, it’s almost Halloween, but Kayla has seen that teenage ghost for years. Why won’t she leave? When the dreamy senior asks Kayla for a date, she decides to prove to herself that she’s mature and in charge. She’ll tell that ghost to go away. But Kayla shouldn’t have touched the ghost’s cold hand because that’s when everything changed.
Suddenly, it’s 1946, or is Kayla dreaming? Is she crazy? Why is her name Cherish? Why is her mother at home baking cookies when she should be at work? And, she has a father? Didn’t he die years ago? Why is her best friend Trudy instead of Dani? And the thing in her pocket is not a compact with a bad mirror. DON’T TRY TO OPEN IT!
Text messages do travel across the years, judging from those on her cell phone. But why is Dani mad at her? She isn’t there, is she? It can’t be, but it must. Someone is taking Kayla’s place in the twenty-first century. Who?
Fact: Cherish is ruining her life in two centuries. If Kayla doesn’t find her way home to her own time and her own body, she will die in 1946 with Cherish.
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About the author:
Norma Huss calls herself “The Grandma Moses of Mystery.” Cherish is her first book for young adults—for her grandchildren, of course. (She freely admits this book required a lot of help from the younger generation when it came to current technology. She handled the 1946 concepts herself.)
Her adult mysteries, Yesterday’s Body and Death of a Hot Chick are set on the Chesapeake Bay where she and her husband sailed for many years. Her non-fiction, A Knucklehead in 1920s Alaska, was taken from her father’s exploits as a nineteen-year-old college student looking to earn money.
“When I first started writing,” Norma says, “I wrote for children and young adults, submitting to magazines, and finally having quite a few published in popular magazines. I moved on to novels for the same age groups, but none sold. As my children were outgrowing those markets, I switched to my market—mysteries. But, I did have a few YA plots that had gotten nibbles from major publishers. I decided to update one before my grandchildren got too old to enjoy it.
However, after updating Cherish, the only part of the original that remained was the name Cherish for a teen from the past, her desire for an automobile of her own, and the number and sex of the other characters. The original had no ghost, just bones. Even the historic time changed, moving from the 1930s to the 1940s. (I did want someone still living who remembered Cherish.) And 1946 fit in quite nicely for two reasons—I could remember it, and the news from that year contributed to the story.
Early readers have mentioned mother-daughter reads, and that this one is more like a grandmother-granddaughter read. Actually, some of the scenes are contributed by one of the young men in the story, so grandsons may like it too (although that may be pushing it).”