A Penny on the Tracks

by Alicia Joseph
Bink Books YA
Publication date: October 2017


Lyssa grows up without a father, and this is something she struggles with. Her mother is a single mom who works a lot. Lyssa often resents her mother for not being home as much as she needs her to be. Most of the other kids in the neighborhood have stay-at-home mothers. Abbey is one of those kids, though she would prefer her mother be gone for most of the day. Abbey doesn’t always meet her mother’s high standards, which is a struggle for her. The girls discover a hideout in a remote area near train tracks, and much of their summer days are spent there. The hideout provides them a safe haven from the pressures and angst of surviving their teen-age years. It also is the catalyst for personal discovery and tragedy.

Why we signed A Penny on the Tracks . . .
YA drama of close friends coming of age, sexual identity, and coping with suicide. We liked the twist at the end and hopeful future.

From the Author . . .
My inspiration for writing this book came from my own experiences with my childhood best friend. Like the characters in this book, we discovered a place we called our “Hideout” and spent time there, smashing pennies on railroad tracks and doing other things.

About the Author . . .
Alicia Joseph grew up in Westchester, Illinois. She has two published novellas, Her Name and Loving Again. When she is not writing, she enjoys volunteering with animals, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and playing “awesome aunt” to her nine nieces and nephews.