The best in children’s literature, selected by Jim Whiting.
My book, Shadowed Summer, would be an ideal book for grandparents to share because it’s honest, but it’s not edgy. It’s a book where fourteen year olds act like they’re fourteen years old, where the story may contain ghosts and gentle scares, but its [...]
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies-or at least those that have been murdered.
Since she was a little girl, she [...]
With the neighborhood witch out to get them, three friends will do just about anything to avoid her in The Pizza Gang: Facing the Witch.
Trying to stay out of the way of a mean old woman, twin brothers Joe and Ben, along with their best friend Katie, wind up volunteering to sort through lost [...]
Tell me a secret, and I’ll tell you one…
In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams-a best friend to unlock [...]
Author Anne Broyles remembers her maternal Grandma Verna’s raspy voice as she recited “Best, Beloved Poems” to her grandchildren. So Broyles relates to grandparents who come up to her after bookstore events or library readings and say, “My grandmother grew hollyhocks in her yard. I think I’ll get some seeds and plant them with my [...]
Welcome to the summer of passion. For seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels, that means three sun-and-fun filled months of spending time with her best friends, obsessing over her crush, trying to find something she is passionate about, and…saving for a nose job. Jory is determined to lose the big, honking, bumpy monstrosity she calls the Super Schnozz-the [...]
Hope for Haiti is a beautiful book that kids and parents, grandparents can enjoy, but one that also generates focus on the continued support of Haiti, and through the sales of the book, Penguin is giving a generous donation to Save the Children in Haiti. In addition to that, through WeGiveBooks.org, people can read free [...]