Punishment Summer By Peggy Rothschild


Punishment Summer
Peggy
Rothschild
Evernight Teen Publishing
Contemporary/Suspense
70K
Sixteen-year-old
Nicki is sent to stay at her grandfather’s cabin near the town of Punishment in
the Mendocino Forest. As always, she hides her burn scars and keeps quiet about
the mother who ran out on her. But soon after arriving, she begins to suspect
Grandpa is also keeping secrets. Her exile brings an unexpected bright
spot—Grandpa’s German shepherd, Queenie. T
he hunky
neighbor boy’s another plus, though she quickly starts to doubt his honesty.
From secret pot farms to human trafficking, Nicki
discovers nothing in the ‘Mendo’ is what it seems. When Grandpa takes off and the
lives of new friends are endangered, Nicki must decide how far she’s willing to
go to protect those she cares about. Before summer ends, Nicki will learn there
are some choices she can’t undo.
It’s a good thing Grandpa taught her how to shoot.

 

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Excerpt:

 

The hill climb seemed endless. Up, up, up we went, keeping
beneath the cover of trees and shrubs. Other than the fact that Queenie
periodically growled at Ben, the dog seemed to enjoy the journey. Though the
pine-scented air felt cooler under the trees, my T-shirt soon became soaked
with sweat. I wanted to take a drink from my canteen and pour some water into
my palm for Queenie, but worried about the etiquette. Would I have to offer Ben
a drink? I wasn’t sure I wanted to swap germs with the guy. I longed to ask how
much farther we had to go, but held off. He sounded pissed enough the last time
I asked. Instead, I kept my mouth shut and continued climbing.
Ben stopped, held up his hand. He leaned in, his body heat
adding to the day’s warmth as he whispered in my ear. “We gotta keep real quiet
now. Watch where you step. Try to make as little noise as possible.” He moved
off, walking in a strange semi-crouch.
I tried to mimic his stance as I followed. He stopped at
the hill’s crest and knelt behind a tree. I hunkered down in his shadow, my arm
around Queenie. Below us stretched rows and rows of bright green plants.
Slender pines edged the field. Two men walked between the rows, the height of
the crop almost to their knees. The large buds on the branches of the closest
plants were easy to spot. Each man carried a plastic jug, dribbling liquid on
the crop rows as they passed. The nearer of the two wore khakis plus a dirt-and
sweat-stained undershirt. The distant man looked more pulled together:
short-sleeved shirt tucked into his pants, hair tidy.
From what I could see, other people had spent time in the
clearing, too. Maybe even lived there. Hammocks hung between half a dozen
trees. Empty food cans rusted in a pile. The remains of an old campfire sat
surrounded by cooking pans, food wrappers, and discarded cigarette packs. On
the far side of the field sat a trash heap. Two men didn’t make a mess this
size.
Black hoses ran between the rows of plants into the woods
beyond. Now that we had settled in our spot for a couple minutes, the odor hit
me. The place smelled like an outhouse.
Queenie’s body tensed, but she stayed silent. I leaned down
and rubbed my cheek against the top of her head.
Gemma once tried growing a couple pot plants behind her
garage. A gardening crew took care of their property and her parents never went
behind that building. But none of the plants I’d seen before looked like this.
Star-shaped clusters rose toward the sky, the glossy leaves reflecting back the
sun’s rays. I stared at the sheer size of the growing area and tried to
calculate the number of trees someone had chopped down. This was no home patch.
This was a huge commercial operation. Ben warned me, but I hadn’t believed him.
Now I knew. We were in way over our heads.
About
the Author
A native Californian, Peggy Rothschild grew up in Los
Angeles. Always a mystery-lover, she embraced the tales of Nancy Drew and the
Hardy Boys before moving on to the adult section of the library. An English
major in high school, she switched to art – her other passion – in college.
Peggy has authored two adult mysteries, CLEMENTINE’S SHADOW and ERASING RAMONA.
PUNISHMENT SUMMER is her first young adult novel.
At present, Peggy and her husband live in the beach
community of Ventura with their cats – who are always willing to rip apart any
pages they feel aren’t up to snuff. In her spare time she can be found drawing
and painting, or out in the yard weeding, pruning, and generally getting messy.
Contact
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