No Talking – by Andrew Clements (2007)

The fifth-graders at Laketon Elementary School are noisy – really noisy. The teachers have given up trying to keep the talking under control. One day Dave and Lynsey have an argument in the school cafeteria. Dave says girls can’t control their gabbing, and Lynsey says the boys are just as bad. Which of them is right?

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Member Of The Family – by Dianne Lake (2017)

It was a time like no other in American history – the 1960s. It was about Woodstock, the Vietnam War, racial tension, new kinds of music, communes, experimentation with drugs, and free love. It was the perfect time for people like Charlie Manson to create a cult and lure young women into it.

Dianne Lake was the perfect target for him. As a teenager, Dianne had a difficult home life. Her parents had become enamored with marijuana, then acid. They began to shun material possessions, and traded away their suburban house for a decrepit trailer that broke down shortly after they drove off in it with their kids. They switched to living in communal housing, where Dianne and her siblings lived in cramped quarters with adults feeling free to do drugs, walk about naked, and have sex with anyone they wanted.

Her parents basically just stopped being parents, and were only interested in their new lifestyle. Several times they took Dianne somewhere and then took off, forcing her to hitch a ride home with strangers. By the time she was 14, Dianne was fed up with her parents. They gave her a note saying she had permission to be free of them and live as she wanted. That was when she met and moved in with Charlie’s “family”.

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