“So, washashore, why are you here on the Island?” a new classmate taunts in the second chapter of a new book for young adults. “Your parents some of those summer people who think it might be fun to come and live among the locals for a while?”

Clementine, or Clem for short, is the protagonist of Washashore, written by Suzanne Goldsmith, a novel which this year received the Green Earth Book Award, a national award recognizing books that promote environmental stewardship.