Winner of Best Book of the Year: Booklist, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness, School Library Journal, ALA Notable Children’s Book, a Newbery Honor, – a few to go on…
“But the lid was off, the worms were rearing their slick little heads, and they would soon be spilling out with their mucky secrets.”
Annabelle’s quiet and steady life is interrupted by a newcomer to the small, rural town in Pennsylvania where she lives. This unwelcome person is Betty Glengarry, a manipulative bully. As events of cruelty and bullying escalate, Annabelle must find the grit, compassion, and strength to face the injustice.
Drest, a young Scottish girl witnesses her family’s capture and learns about their imminent death. With only a few days to spare, she must make her way to rescue them from a castle prison. She starts off on a quest to find them, taking a wounded prince along as a hostage. This story has all the elements of a great tale. You may be very surprised at how it ends in a series of sometimes alarming twists.
Check out Diane Magras’ website: https://www.dianemagras.com/ and read about The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter.
6th through MS, 280 pgs., published by Random House, 2017.
“a gorgeous summer tale” for those who enjoy books like THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall or DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos.
This book has a great home feel about it.
When a tornado rips through the neighborhood, Maddie not only loses her dog and her house, along with the other devastating losses, but her friends go pear-shaped on her, a newcomer comes between her and her “boyfriend” and on top of that, other complications surface with her new living arrangements.
Things are hopeful if one can circle back to one’s family. If one can circle back..
What Waits in the Water is a murder mystery. Hannah and her step-sister Katie go on a trip to a log cabin by a lake. They are staying with Hannah’s best friend, Jacob. But when the girls arrive, everything gets creepy. There is something in the water. And the woods around the lake are not exactly peaceful. What’s more, her step-sister has become very close to Jacob behind Hannah’s back. Very close!
Hannah thinks the local kids from the small town near the lake can take her mind off of Katie and Jacob. But the town holds a mystery. A local girl (who looks a good bit like Hannah) has gone missing, and she isn’t the first. Is the lake cursed? Or is someone stalking the lake.
What Waits in the Water is the perfect murder mystery to read on a plane, by the pool, or just on a lazy weekend. This book is the second in a series, but you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. If you enjoy this book, check out What Waits in the Woods, in which a group of teens go on a thrilling camping trip. (This is a nice read for girls in 7th through 9th grade.)