ALA Best of Lists
When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. This time-shifting novel follows a narrator as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.
Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within 24 hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, even through the concrete, even in the water. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can.
A lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl named Gwen, who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain and bloodthirsty beasts. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.
Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. Then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.