"As Isabel's family opens a bakeshop, Isabel decides to enter a baking contest in hopes of making it to a bakeoff in New York City. Matters get complicated as she tries to find the perfect recipe and realizes her best friend is competing too! This book is a fun feel-good treat, complete with some delicious cupcake recipes"
"Young Candace is in her senior year of highschool and working at a candy booth, making delicious and sticky candy apples. In the midst of her work, she struggles with boyfriend problems and must choose between local college and following her God-given dreams elsewhere. Utterly sweet and endearing Christian book"
"In this cool and tasty piece written in diary format, highschool senior Courtney struggles with a newly ex-boyfriend, a runaway dog and difficult classmates. Only her job at the delicious cafe Truth or Dairy gives her relief, and even this can be a stumbling block to her refined diet.."
"Well-written and poignant novel, written in the form of a sweet young girl's diary and relating her trials as she grows to young womanhood giving her life to Christ. In particular, she has to find out how to help a struggling pregnant friend and how to deal with the world of dating"
"Maya is a tough young woman, but with a drug addict mother and a celebrity father who's never home, her need for God and a new life are vital. This strong and honest book, presented as Maya's diary, well-portrays her struggle towards God and the hard reality of many in the revered celebrity world"
"Excellent collection of witty, often hilarious writing by a fiesty teenage girl. Not your typical poetry, but more like versatile prose, sometimes scattered across the page in different patterns and pictures like a teen's diary"
"A beautiful short story by Francine Rivers, about a boy who's taken in by a foster family and has a special way of keeping God close to his heart. Many of the Rivers family's Christmas traditions and recipes are included with the moving tale"
"A sharp young glassblower, Emmeline, finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery after someone uses one of her shop tools to commit murder. Cool and suspenseful mystery, with fascinating facts about glassblowing and a tasty recipe from the heroine to boot"
"Emmeline returns in another taut case! Em loaned her shop to a stranger for a gem experiment, only to discover a close friend of the stranger's dead shortly thereafter. This suspenseful tale includes awesome facts about gemstones"
"Unique activity book. Instructs readers to do all manner of things with it from writing notes to strangers, to experimenting with its pages to create different sounds. Perfect for loosening up and experimenting"
"Another great book by Kerri Smith, this time an unorganized planner that offers random journaling/idea pages and undated monthly overviews. Creatively cool, meant to inspire readers to capture the present moment rather than be strictly organized"
"Totally cool book of awesome activities, games, crafts, ideas and advice for living loudly and enjoying yourself and your dreams to the fullest! This author's like a big mocha, full of flavor and energy"
"An amazing book about the Luckettes, a pioneer family in early America and their struggles with family, sickness, Native Americans and the pushing of a new era as civilization takes over the land. Wonderfully wrought volume, the first in a trilogy"
"This second superb novel follows the oldest Luckette daughter, Sayward, as she makes a farm life for her own children and continues to watch the land and the life around her change with the tides of man. Great historical descriptions"
"The final classic in the series, following the Luckette family's success in adapting to the Industrial Revolution. This tale also chronicles the works of Sayward's youngest son, a journalist in the years before the Civil War. Profound characterization and storytelling!
Note: I'm honored to read the works of Richter, who was actually a best friend of my great grandmother's :)"
"Written in poems, this novel recounts the Salem witch trials in the eyes of the conniving girls who caused them. Each of the three leading girls has a different selfish reason for causing the false accusations, and each one must ultimately decide whether it's too late to let the truth be known. Evocative and gripping book"
"A fiesty young girl, Roxy Hunter, comes upon a mysterious presence in an old house and determines to discover the reason for the haunting. This lightly chilling and witty book is written in the form of her journal, complete with ghost-hunting plans, clues, and notes from her friend Max to help the reader interpret some of her made-up words :P"
"When Roxy spends part of her summer as the apprentice of a shaman, she comes across another spooky mystery that requires her assistance. Cool and creepy volume with Roxy's fun journaling style throughout"
"A beautiful novel taking place in 1889, at the time of the devastating Johnstown flood. Young Celestia visits the town with her well-to-do family every summer and never expected to fall in love with Peter, a worker at their hotel. Different voices weave together an unforgettable story, written all in poems"
"The story of Becca and Camille, two strangers, and how their lives entwine after lonely Camille shares a sudden kiss with Alec..the boy Becca treasures more than anything. This wonderfully written verse novel explores the changes that take place in two young women's lives, after something as seemingly small as a kiss. Told in both girls' complex voices"
"Owl is not your usual teen; along with holding a harmful love for someone out of her reach, she is also part of a family of shapeshifters and transforms into an owl every night. Her story is captivating and written in poetically expressive prose"
"Sequel to the novel "Green Angel". A young woman nicknamed Green lost her family when her entire city was destroyed by a mob called the "Horde". Now, a year later, one of her dearest friends has disappeared and she's sent on a journey to search for both him and herself, seeking healing and ultimately justice. Lush and gorgeously written novel"
"A shocking revelation about the abuse of daughters in uber-patriarchal "Christian" families, many of whom claim the title "Quiverfull". This book offers remarkable true stories from several women who survived it and words of hope from author McFarland, another survivor and amazing Christian woman. Strikingly beautiful style"
"After young Lucca was killed in a car crash, he left behind a lover, Brooklyn, and a brother Nico. A year after the tragedy, both of their dreams are haunted: Nico's by his brother and Brooklyn's by the man who caused the crash. In this profound story, two teens struggle with healing and revelation during a time of great loss. Beautifully haunting, told in two voices and verse"
"When Molly attempted to shed her good-girl persona and be with the boy she loves, pregnancy and an altered life were the last things she expected. Brutally honest story in lovely various poems, both bitingly funny and heart-wrenching"
"Chilling and well-written short novel, about a young girl who's lost in the woods and senses both frightening and reassuring presences around her. This psychological tale also examines the subjects of spirituality and divorce in a young girl's life"
"In this violent modern version of "Little Red Riding Hood", two sisters are bent on destroying the Fenris, a race of werewolves far more brutal than any known before, who killed their grandmother. With chapters alternating between the sisters' voices, this book is written in expressive and sometimes poetic prose"
"The light-hearted tale of a young man who wakes a 300-year-old sleeping princess! Things go amusingly awry as she attempts to flee her angry father and return to 21st century America with her rescuer. The chapters alternate between the Sleeping Beauty's narrative and the teen boy's who found her. Well-written and completely fun"
"Retold fairytales and nursery rhymes in poems, focusing on mean females. Most of these poems are clever and enjoyably witty, portraying a wronged female wolf, the angry women wronged by Georgie Porgie, a non-passive Cinderella and a disturbingly vengeful mermaid among others!
(The poems of Rapunzel, Frog Prince and Beauty & the Beast were too crude and cruel, but meant to be taken irreverently)"