Every family has its ghosts...
It's December 1994 and Sylvie's spending Christmas in a small Canadian town while her father renovates the creepy old house he grew up in. According to local lore, the house is haunted. The whole town is so obsessed with spotting a spirit they camp out on the front lawn eating hot dogs, snacking on popcorn, and waiting for something ghostly to happen.
Sylvie's father doesn't believe in ghosts, but maybe there really is an entity hiding in the walls. Is it someone familiar? A relative, perhaps?
When Sylvie meets Celeste, an unusual girl who's pretty as a Victorian Christmas card, they get off to a rocky start. Celeste claims she can communicate with spirits. Could that be true? If they pool their energies, maybe they'll unearth a family secret... before it's too late!
In Rainbow Crush, revisit five favourite short stories featuring gay and lesbian characters:
In “I Hate Love,” Mila melts Laura-the-Ice-Queen’s heart as Jaden learns that dating an older man could have repercussions he hadn’t anticipated. Mila and Laura are back with impossibly high expectations in the side-splittingly funny housesitting comedy “Happy Birthday, Klutzface.” In “I Know What Gay Is,” Jay the teenaged manny and his young charge Sarah, who insists on being called Frank, find an unexpected ally on the soccer field.
School is back in session and tempers flare when Mila, Laura and Jaden stumble into a protest where classmates insist a gender-nonconforming new student “Dress Like A Dude.” In our final story, aspiring teen chef Noah comes out of the closet in a most surprising way during his first television appearance in “The Secret to a Perfect Latke.”
Half the school calls Laura "The Ice Queen." Even her closest friends have never seen her cry... until she's assigned to debate a Pro-Valentine's Day position in class. As far as Laura and Mila are concerned, V-Day's just an excuse to sell chocolate. Their friend Jaden says they're against Valentine's Day because they hate love. Maybe he’s right. Laura's never wanted the things teens are supposed to want most. Why is she so different?
On the eve of Valentine's Day, warmth creeps into Laura's life from unexpected sources. By midnight, life might not feel quite so icy.
A short story for teens.
A spookily funny mystery story written especially for transgender and gender non-conforming children, their friends, their classmates and peers!
Madison and Sunita love field trips. They can’t wait to hike, learn bird calls and play Predator and Prey with their class. Best of all, there’s a pioneer graveyard to explore! But when they arrive at County Conservation Area, mysterious Ranger Ripplehorn says the cemetery is off-limits. It’s too dangerous to visit. Sunita wants to know why. When the two best friends sneak away from the group, they discover their class is in serious danger. Will they solve the mystery and save the day, or will a gobbling ghost turkey get in their way?
Foxglove’s fiction has been called SPECTACULAR by Rainbow Reviews and UNFORGETTABLE by USA TODAY.
It’s a comedy of errors when Laura prepares a romantic dinner for Mila’s birthday. Laura isn't the world's best cook to begin with, but everything goes wrong in the immaculate home Mila's housesitting for her aunt. The cat escapes, the parmesan explodes, the fire alarm blares, and the trouble's only just begun!
Laura and Mila wanted to share an evening of domestic bliss. Will their glimpse at adult life drive them into each other's arms, or drive them apart completely?
Foxglove's fiction has been called SPECTACULAR by Rainbow Reviews and UNFORGETTABLE by USA TODAY.
When the couple next door asks Jay to babysit, he can't help wondering… why him? Did they hire Jay as some kind of queer role model because they suspect little Sarah is gay?
At the park, when Sarah and Jay run across the guy he's been pseudo-stalking, Sarah insists she’s a boy. Darien’s sheer sexiness makes Jay pretty brain-dead, and he can't think what to talk about except how Sarah wants everyone to call her Frank. The funny kid reminds Darien of his transgender cousin. Could Sarah be trans, too? Should Jay talk to her parents? What if they say it's none of his business? What if they fire him?
Well, then he'll just have to spend his summer watching Darien work in the park, sweaty and shirtless...
When Melody Mason gets trapped in a video game, she thinks Dreamland is a dream come true. Melody soon discovers that living in the game means she might never see her family again. With the help of Twyla, the heroine of Dreamland, and her little brother Andrew, can Melody defeat the sleep spell and find her way home?
Foxglove’s fiction has been called SPECTACULAR by Rainbow Reviews and UNFORGETTABLE by USA TODAY!
What's going on in front of the school?
When Mila and Laura get back from lunch, there's a big student protest going on. Signs and placards say "Guys Shouldn't Wear Girl Clothes" and "Dress Like A Dude." Turns out a new student doesn't believe in gender-conformity. He’s a Goth guy who wears whatever he wants, including skirts. This ninth grader's got guts!
Mila and Laura have been dating since last school year and they haven't even kissed in public. Will this young student who isn't afraid of anyone inspire them to come out, or will other kids' reactions drive them deeper into the closet?
LGBTQ short fiction for teens from the author of Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye & Truth and Other Lies!