The Similars

Emmeline Chance is so anxious about returning from California to Vermont to her highly prestigious and select private high school that she relies heavily on the “pharmas” her therapist has given her to dull her pain after the suicide of… Read More ›

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  • Dry

    This is the first book I have read, I believe, by the writing Shustermans.  It is an excellent tale and apparently is already being made into a movie. Set in the present, the good folks of already water-starved California are… Read More ›

  • Thief of Happy Endings

    Cassidy is a teenager with a good family and one friend.  At the age of seven she was thrown from a horse, needed 30 stitches in her noggin, and was left with a cautious attitude toward life. Now things are… Read More ›

  • Unclaimed Baggage

    Three teenagers end up working together at an Unclaimed Baggage store in small-town Huntsville, Alabama: (1) Doris, an experienced staffer who hires the other two as new employees, and who is something of a social misfit because she is liberal… Read More ›

  • The Truth about Martians

    Life seems really hard for 11-year-old Mylo, who sleeps in a room with an empty bed where his brother used to be. It even seems to him that there is grayness around his dad, who doesn’t play ball with him… Read More ›

  • What the Woods Keep

    Upon turning eighteen, Hayden Holland, currently living in New York with a roommate named Del, is contacted by the family lawyer about the Promise, Colorado estate she is inheriting from her mother, who mysteriously vanished in its woods some ten… Read More ›

  • When Elephants Fly

    T. Lillian Decker (Tiger Lily Decker) is an 18-year-old high school senior whose schizophrenic mother almost kills her at the age of seven by insisting she can fly off a roof. The mother goes to prison for attempted murder and… Read More ›

  • Freak ‘n’ Gorgeous

    Sixteen-year-old Konrad Wolnik is your normal-looking high school sophomore who has recently broken up with his hot girlfriend of seven months, Sara.  He wakes up one morning the victim of an Inexplicable Development, a rare chromosomal event that transforms him… Read More ›

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea

    Shirin is a 16-year-old American girl of Persian ancestry living in NYC in 2002, a year after the 9/11 attack. Her parents are loving, ambitious, good role models, if curiously uninterested in the day-to-day school lives of their two children… Read More ›

  • A Lite Too Bright

    As the grandson (and third-generation namesake) of the author of A WORLD AWAY, a book supposedly so widely respected that it is read in high schools everywhere, Arthur Louis Pullman finds himself in an unhappy place.  His girlfriend has given… Read More ›