by M EM Kerr | Grades: 7-12 | Reading Level 5.0
One of M. E. Kerr's very best novels, Gentlehands tells a spellbinding story of love, loyalty, and the family you thought you knew.
Sixteen-year-old Buddy Boyle makes a shattering discovery about his family in this powerful and poignant novel by award-winning author M. E. Kerr Buddy Boyle lives with his parents and younger brother in a small house on a half-acre of land in undesirable Seaville, New York. Skye Pennington spends her summers on the opposite end of town on five acres with a view of the ocean. Buddy's dad is a police sergeant; Skye's is the head of a multi-million-dollar industry. But none of that stops Buddy and Skye from falling in love. To impress her, Buddy takes Skye to visit his aristocratic grandfather in Montauk. Frank Trenker is Buddy's mother's father, a man she never talks about. Just as Buddy feels he's getting to know his estranged grandfather, reporter Nicholas De Lucca shows up. For three years, he's been searching for a notorious Nazi war criminal known as Gentlehands. When De Lucca uncovers a shocking connection to Buddy's grandfather, Buddy refuses to believe the accusations.
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