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I PASSED THIS WAY by Patricia Crandall, dedicated to Babcock Lake (book of Poetry)

I Passed This Way is a second printing of a book of published poetry descriptive of the four seasons. It takes you through a winter wonderland, a spring rebirth, summer fantasies and the vivid colors of autumn. The dedication is a poem to Babcock Lake, a special place in the Grafton Mountains to live and visit.
Patricia Crandall has published numerous articles and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. She has five books in print including I Passed This Way, Melrose, Then And Now, a historical volume, The Dog Men, a thriller, and Tales of an Upstate New York Bottle Miner, non-fiction, and Pat’s Collectibles, a collection of short stories. She lives with her husband, Art, and a cat, Betti, at Babcock Lake in the Grafton Mountains near Petersburgh, New York. Visit her at
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Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Why did you decide to write this book?Secrets is a natural outgrowth of The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween.  Afterall, we all grow older, whether we wish to stop time or not, and so does the girl.  I wanted to take her into her early teen years in this book, so she could come alive with so many of the issues, feelings and happenings that we all go through or have gone through. 
Can you tell us a bit about the book?  You know, I'm a positive psychologist and a school psychologist.  So Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen is more than light fiction.  It is a girl's story that has within it so many issues and feelings that can be discussed and processed.  Some of these are a crush (who hasn't had one), having to move, family issues including parents that fight, sibling problems including a baby, best friends, both old and new, school bullies, worries about illness and death in the extended family, family secrets.  And I could go on with the list!  The girl deals, handles and lives th…