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Living on Impulse
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-525-42137-5 | Dutton Books | August 2009

Mia Morrow is impulsive, plain and simple. While her friends are concerned with grades and colleges, Mia would rather focus on the things that make her happy— like chasing boys or snatching something off a department store shelf. No big deal, right? But then Mia gets caught shoplifting, and her thoughtless behavior doesn’t just push her friends away, it gets her into a lot of trouble, too. In this eye-opening tale of friendships, family, and negative impulses, Cara Haycak subtly shows that the power to heal is within all of us, and it almost always starts with forgiveness.

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Red Palms
Hardcover | 978-0385746489 | Random House Children’s Books | Wendy Lamb Books | November 2004
Paperback | 978-0553494129 | Random House Children’s Books | Wendy Lamb Books | March 2006


Fourteen-year-old Benita's papa has lost all his money in the 1930’s Depression. But he has a wild scheme as a solution--he moves the family from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to the primitive island of Paíta to start a coconut plantation. Benita goes from living in a grand house to camping out in a shack; from sitting in a classroom to working in the fields. To Benita, the only good thing about Paíta is the handsome young islander Raul. When he asks her to leave her family to live in the wilderness, Benita runs off with him. The jungle is beautiful, dangerous, and full of secrets, and they must struggle for their survival as they try to build a relationship.

Benita's passions and strengths change her forever in this remarkable first novel, a vivid and unusual coming-of-age story that transports readers to a different world.

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