Middle Grade Novels

FriendshipRiddleCOMING THIS MAY: The Friendship Riddle

Bloomsbury, May 5, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-61963-630-9

Ruth Mudd-O’Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for “cooler” friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? Roaming the stacks of her town’s library is enough for Ruth. Until she finds a note in an old book…and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can’t solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Lena and Coco, two kids in her class could be an option, but allowing them in will require courage, and Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again?


The Water Castle by Megan Frazer

The Water Castle

Walker Books for Young Readers, January 2013 ISBN: 9780802728395
The story of a boy whose family has moved to his mother’s family estate in a small town in Maine to help his father recover from a stroke, and a girl, whose family have been the caretakers of that home for over 100 years, and how they work together to solve the mystery of the Fountain of Youth that their ancestors spent their lives searching for, and that just might save the boy’s father. Look for it January 2013.




SC_CoverThe Spy Catchers of Maple Hill

Hazel Kaplansky is sure of two things: the new gravedigger at the cemetery run by her family is a Communist spy, and that Samuel Butler, the new boy in town, is the one kid who can help her to prove it. A mystery set at the height of the Red Scare. (Bloomsbury, 2014).



Young Adult Novels

COMING NEXT FALL: Very in Pieces

Harper Teen


Secrets of Truth & Beauty

Disney-Hyperion Books; 978-1423117117

When Dara Cohen was little, she was a bright, shiny star. She was the cutest seven-year-old who ever sang Ella Fitzgerald, and it was no wonder she was crowned Little Miss Maine.

That was then. Now Dara’s seventeen and she’s not so little anymore. So not little, that when her classmates find out about her illustrious resume, their jaws drop. That’s just one of her many problems. Another is that her control-freak mom won’t get off her case about anything. Yet the one that hurts the most is the family secret: Dara has an older sister her parents tried to erase from their lives.