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2021 FAPA President's Award Winner: Gold: Cover Design - Young Adult Being the only girl in a private boys' boarding school has its advantages: There's not much competition for the cheerleading squad. (And plenty of opportunities to flirt and fall in love.) But it has disadvantages, too, especially if your father is an alcoholic. Sixteen-year-old Suzette LeBlanc moved into the Sanford Naval Academy when her father became the school Commandant. She's gaining confidence, but her father's drinking is on the rise, a fact her mother seems to ignore. She finds strength in her friends and finds love with the battalion commander (a.k.a. senior class president) who also must deal with an alcoholic parent. They share their pain, their coping strategies, but can they share a future?