Beth Kanell's “The Darkness Under the Water” is the coming of age story of Molly Ballou, an Abenaki teenager living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in the 1920's, just as the dams were being put in to provide hydroelectric power.
Okay, that intro may sound kind of boring, but it’s actually a really good book. I’d say this book is good for middle school aged kids through adults. It is a perfect read for kids because it doesn’t talk down to them. They can tell when a book is written under their level, they’re not stupid (well most of them) and want to read books that talk to them like adults. This one will do it for sure. It deals with adult issues, and throws some moral lessons in the mix.
So read this, and then give it to a 13-year-old.