The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
A year and a half ago, Hanalee’s father was hit by a car and died. When his killer gets out of prison, Hanalee is set on revenge. But Joe swears Hanalee’s father was fine until Dr. Koning went in to see him, and that the doc is the real killer. It isn’t too hard to believe that the only black man in a small Oregon town in the 1920s was murdered. Add in the fact that Dr. Koning married Hanalee’s white mother a year later, and she isn’t sure what to believe or whom to trust. Is the KKK really taking over the town? Is her father’s ghost really wandering the roads? Hanalee is going to find out the truth—at any cost.
Historical fiction, mystery, and a nod to Shakespeare’s Hamlet make this a good read for mature readers in high school.
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