Author of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Published by Guardian Angel Publishing December 2014:

Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel
Jeremiah needs a little help and he gets it with the sudden appearance of his guardian angel. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Jeremiah Lucky Finds Puppy Love
Jeremiah dodges a kiss from a princess and falls head over heels for a lost puppy. Chapter book for ages 7-10.

Watch for these titles coming soon:

The Whispering Chimney
Eleven-year old Bethany finds a stone chimney and discovers a beautiful but terrifying past. (upper middle grade)

(Beyond the) Stone Eagle Gate
David, age fifteen, flees a false accusation and takes refuge in a haunted, abandoned mansion. (YA, historical fiction ghost story)

The Interplanetary Adventures of Yan Sunnara: Book I Rescue on Lato
Cultural scientist Yan Sunnara rescues an unusual child on the planet of Lato with the help of an exotic and beautiful Uvian archaeologist. (Adult, soft Science Fiction, Rescue on Lato is the first of a series of four novellas.)

Cross Over
Three teens are connected by a mysterious and sometimes frightening ability to cross over from one dimension here on earth to another. This YA novel placed in the top three in Florida Writers 2013 RPLA competition. Speculative Fiction.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A "Sweetheart" of a book

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (Little Brown, 2008) is a heart warming story, beautifully written and one of the best YA books I've read this past year. Childhood friends Jennifer and Cameron support each other as best friends in third grade and later meet again as teenagers. As a youngster, Jennifer is lonely, overweight, outcast at school, left alone for long stretches by her single mother who works and studies to become a nurse. Cameron is different also, suffering an abusive father and constant fear his younger siblings will also be abused. This amazing story starts when Jennifer's mother has married a kind and caring man, finished her nursing degree, and the family has moved into a better neighborhood. Jennifer is no longer Jennifer. She is now Jenna, thin, beautiful, popular at school. Yet she longs to have friends who truly "see" her. Sara Zarr demonstrates masterful writing in this highly realistic novel. The construction of her story is unique: the back story (intense and slowly revealed) written in first person present tense; the main story of Jenna as a teen is written in first person past tense. The reader gets little bits and pieces of what happened to Jennifer and Cameron when they were nine years old that caused Cameron to disappear out of Jennifer's life. The main story holds attention as well as Jenna fights with her created persona and breaks away from her more superficial friends to once again become a part of Cameron's life.

Some Great MG and YA books

  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Red Blood Road by Moira Young
  • On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz 2012)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore