Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Nancy Garden | Young-adult author, 76

Nancy Garden, 76, who wrote the novel Annie on My Mind and other volumes that helped young readers explore themes of gay romance and self-discovery when few books offered such an outlet, died June 23 at her home in Carlisle, Mass.

The cause was an apparent heart attack, said her partner, Sandra Scott.

Ms. Garden wrote several dozen books, including works of fantasy and historical fiction. She was best known for Annie on My Mind (1982), which has been recognized as an important contribution to young-adult literature.

The novel centers on two high school students in New York, Liza and Annie, who meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and fall in love.

When the novel first appeared on bookshelves, few if any other young-adult writers had depicted gay romance with such candor or sensitivity. - Washington Post

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