Everything you need to understand or teach Holding Me Here by Pam Conrad.
In Holding Me Here, fourteen-year-old Robin Lewis's life isn't nearly as exciting as that of the heroines in her fantasies. Her parents are divorced, but their parting was amiable and civilized. She lives with her understanding, hip mother, and regularly visits her father, a professor of paleontology, who is equally kind and supportive.
But when Robin's mother takes in a boarder, Mary Walker, Robin's life is transformed into a cross between a fairy tale and a detective novel—and Robin sees herself as the heroine who will expose the mystery that surrounds Mary's life.
Robin's well-intentioned efforts, which end in pain for everyone involved, will cause readers to examine their own standards of behavior when issues of personal privacy are concerned. Mary Walker seems to be a kind nurse with no family and no past.
But Robin's lurid imagination endows this polite, reclusive woman with a secret...