Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Leah’s older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren’t coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn’t—and if she’s right—she could lose her parents.
Written at a fourth-grade reading level, this addition to the Orca Soundings line offers an immersive blend of high-stakes mystery and frank discussions about reproductive rights. Seventeen-year-old Franny Green loves riding horses and is head over heels for her girlfriend, Leah, but someone is threatening violence against Franny's parents, both doctors who perform abortions at the local hospital. Stevenson skillfully interweaves multiple viewpoints on the issues raised, true-to-life dialogue, and an escalating sense of tension as she explores the psychological stress Franny is under and the toll it takes on her romantic and familial relationships. Ages 12 up.