Fourteen-year-old Clementine Harper is spending the winter on the small island of Martha’s Vineyard. She’s what the locals call a “Washashore” — an outsider. Clem doesn’t fit in . . . here. Her parent’s aren’t getting along . . . here. Coco, her best friend from Boston, just plain isn’t . . . here.

But then Clem finds a fallen bird—an osprey—on the beach, which leads her to a lonely boy named Daniel.

And everything changes . . .


WASHASHORE is the winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Read more about this award for a book that encourages environmental stewardship here. WASHASHORE was also a finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award for Children’s Fiction.



“A love story surrounded by this beautiful island—Martha’s Vineyard—with its fragile shores and enduring birds. A tender-hearted story that calls out to save what we love so much.” —Carly Simon, Grammy Award-winning singer & songwriter

“Ideal for young adults and teachers looking for a novel study of environmental content,this book with capture, transport and inspire a great breadth of readers.”—Green Teacher Magazine (read review here.)

“An adventure story in every sense of the word—the adventure, especially, of coming of age on an aging planet.”Bill McKibben, founder of and author of  The End of Nature.

“A quiet story, driven by subtle conflicts, about a teenager’s discovery of herself and the natural world surrounding her, where life, love, and loss mingle. The prose brings to life the era of the 1970s, but Goldsmith’s themes are timeless and will resonate with teens and adults alike.”Lisa Klein, award-winning author of Ophelia, Lady Macbeth’s Daughter, and Cate of the Lost Colony

Lucky Marble Books (an imprint of PageSpring Publishing)
Middle Grade Fiction
Release date: September 20, 2013
Retail Price: $9.99
282 Pages
ISBN 978-1-939403-12-4
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013943408

WASHASHORE is available in select bookstores and on Amazon and Barnes & You can purchase it by clicking here! It’s also available as an e-book, for Kindle, Kobo and Nook. Teachers, libraries and schools can purchase WASHASHORE directly from the publisher, Lucky Marble Books. A free teacher guide with individual inserts for grades 5-8 is available here


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A CITY YEAR: On the Streets and in the Neighborhoods With Twelve Young Community Service Volunteers

The New Press, 1993

Suzanne Goldsmith, a young Harvard-educated reporter, signed on for a year of service with City Year, the widely praised, Boston-based community service program frequently endorsed by President Clinton as a model for the nation. A City Year is the story of that year-an honest and gritty account of the triumphs and setbacks faced by an idealistic and experimental social program in its infancy.

A City Year by Suzanne Goldsmith

A City Year by Suzanne Goldsmith


“Suzanne Goldsmith writes with a rare combination of hope in the ideals of public service and realism about the lives of young people in tough circumstances. The characters she brings to life in A City Year can serve us as the most vivid possible reminders of why we are embarking on the most ambitious national service program in our history.”— Nicholas Lemann, author of THE PROMISED LAND

“The best book ever-written from the trenches-on what it is like to volunteer, by a keen observer and storywriter.”—Amitai Etzioni, author of THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY

“The rich and detailed personal narrative is framed by a reflective appreciation of the past and future of voluntary commitment to America’s communities.“—New England Nonprofit Quarterly