Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
The murder of Grace Baker’s younger sister, Nica, is quickly solved—but something about it just doesn’t ring true for Grace. Trying to make sense of the circumstances around her sister’s demise shatters life as Grace knows it, and she uncovers more about her family than she ever wanted to know. Anolik’s debut novel was one I found intriguing and involving. I look forward to more from this author.
Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD with Leslie Goldman
The lessons a girl learns and the habits she develops in middle school will establish the way she conducts the rest of her life. After lengthy study of and consulting with working women, Radin founded Unleashed, an after-school program that empowers middle-school-age girls to address a cause they care deeply about: animal welfare. It is through these skills that they learn to navigate life. They develop leadership skills, identify their values, communicate their ideas, and ultimately embrace what makes them different from men. This is a book for those who live or work with young girls.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael and his mother move often because of the teen’s amazing electrical powers. They have to hide their identities because someone is after them. When Michael meets a girl who has similar powers, they try to discover what happened to them as babies. It is this search that brings about huge problems and the discovery that there are others like them. This is the first of a series as the teens face powerful enemies in the attempt to save the world. Great read.