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Tanya Jennings Keenan grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and currently lives in the Milwaukee area. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she completed her education degree, and received her Masters of Humanities from the University of Chicago. She is a former high school English teacher who now teaches part-time at Mount Mary College, raising her three daughters with her supportive and always-calm accountant husband. Her interest in adolescent issues sparked her desire to write A Cappella. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing the piano, and all things fantasy football.
Young adult novel addresses troublesome pressures girls face today
Tanya Jennings Keenan's "A Cappella" follows four girls in the last few weeks of their senior year as they face common issues such as drug use, sex and death
WAUWATOSA, Wis. - "A Cappella" (ISBN 1460963547) by Tanya Jennings Keenan transports readers into the hallways and classrooms of Maryhill Academy, a fictional Catholic high school in the equally fictitious Chicago suburb of Lily Park. Once inside, readers will meet Angelina, Blake, Catherine and Renee, four teenage girls navigating the often rough waters of adulthood under the guidance and love of their advanced chorale quartet leader, Sister Camille.
Each of the girls faces a unique, challenging battle leading up to the last few weeks of their senior year, but their stories, experiences and feelings will resonate with young female readers. While they had once been best friends, Angelina, Renee and Catherine now spend their days apart and yearning for their shattered friendship in their own ways. Blake and Catherine bond over their African-American background and desire to steer clear of sex and drugs, while Renee uses these dangerous vices to numb her pain.
From the loss of a parent to cancer and choosing the right college to experimenting with sex and unrequited crushes, the four teenage girls must work hard and focus to find the right path for them as individuals. With the help of Sister Camille and their shared love of music and song, they may be able to find their way.
"As a former high school teacher, I am both fascinated and troubled by the sexual pressures placed upon teenage girls. As a mother of daughters, I am also highly concerned," Keenan says. "'A Cappella' addresses these pressures and sends young girls who might be facing the same issues a positive, reassuring message."
"A Cappella" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author:
Tanya Jennings Keenan attended the University of Wisconsin where, as a chancellor scholar, she earned a bachelor's in secondary education and English as well as the University of Chicago where she earned a master's in humanities. Until the birth of her oldest daughter, Keenan worked as a high school English teacher in Grayslake, Ill. She currently works as an adjunct writing instructor at Mount Mary College and a writing lab tutor at Bryant and Stratton College, both in Milwaukee. The wife and mother of three enjoys traveling, Zumba, playing the piano, and all things fantasy football.
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A good tune can lighten even the heaviest load. "A Cappella" is a story of the end of high school, as four friends try to get by in this trying time of transition, aiming to get by. As graduation approaches, they gain an appreciation of the song of their lives. "A Cappella" is a fine read for young adult readers who are facing their own trying times of transition.