Zarr is an outstanding author, one of the best writing for young adults today. This is her third novel. When thirteen-year-old Jody Shaw is kidnapped in broad daylight, her abduction shocks the once secure town of Pineview and her church community. The disappearance provides a backdrop to Samara Taylor's personal drama—her mother's alcoholism, prompting a four-week stint in rehab, and her father's refusal to focus on anything other than his role as pastor to a congregation in need. Sam's wrestles with her faith in God's existence and questions her place in the world in this gripping, beautifully written story.
Set in New York City in 1978, 6th grader Miranda lives with her mother, and her life compass is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. When she receives a series of enigmatic notes that claim to want to save her life, she comes to believe that they are from someone who knows the future. Discerning readers will recognize the links between Miranda's mystery and L'Engle's plot. An unusual, provocative and very appealing mystery. I love the L'Engle connection!
In 1899 Central Texas, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate grows closer to her distant, eccentric grandfather when she develops a passionate interest in Charles Darwin, evolution, and the natural world. Kelly’s debut novel starts off a bit slow but quickly becomes engrossing. A wonderful coming-of-age, family story with lovely period details and beautifully realized characters.
Stiefavter seems determined to do for werewolves what the Twilight saga has done for vampires. She offers a very interesting take on werewolf lore. Mostly romance, little horror. The characters are quite lively and likeable. Engaging and fun.