The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet – Charity Tahmaseb – Young adult (contemporary)
Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet. She joins the speech team.
She can’t confess the real reason-not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival, Sam, who offers to coach her in secret. Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn’t say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.
But she isn’t the only one with a secret. It’s going to take words-her words-to make things right. If only Jolia can find them.
Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time).
She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes fiction (long and short) and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul. Her novel, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading (written with co-author Darcy Vance), is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback pick in the Get Your Geek On category.