THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House

  Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house … Continue reading THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House

A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS, by Frances Hardinge, Amulet

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but … Continue reading A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS, by Frances Hardinge, Amulet

JELLY BEAN SUMMER, by Joyce Magnin, Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky

Living on the roof to escape her crazy family works…until reality pulls Joyce back to the ground Joyce has had it with her family (especially with UFO-sighting Elaine who loves her guinea pig more than her own sister). Her solution? Move out of the house and pitch a tent on the roof for the summer. … Continue reading JELLY BEAN SUMMER, by Joyce Magnin, Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky

THE MISSING HOURS, by Emma Kavanagh, Kennsington Publishing Corp.

A woman disappears One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace. A woman returns Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been. What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked … Continue reading THE MISSING HOURS, by Emma Kavanagh, Kennsington Publishing Corp.

THE BREADWINNER, by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and … Continue reading THE BREADWINNER, by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press