Other YA Books

Princes in Exile

Princes in Exile is about a prodigy who confronts his own mortality at a summer camp for kids with cancer.


Starcrossed

How can Christy Marlowe–an impulsive, wise-cracking horoscope-junkie–be in love with Ben, a well-mannered college freshman who prefers astronomy over astrology? Their fateful first meeting takes place at a plastic surgeon’s office, where both hope to erase painful memories along with unwanted tattoos. Is it a bad omen that Ben has the same name as Christy’s ex-boyfriend, a drug-pedaling punk in juvie for murder? It’s hard for Christy to care when Ben sends her heart “racing through galaxies of bliss.”

Just as Ben is worried about Christy’s obsessed ex who’s back on the streets, Christy is troubled by the sadness lurking in Ben’s ice-blue eyes. Burying the past isn’t easy and this comedy of love turns upside down when Christy and Ben become ensnared in their own lies. Starcrossed or starmates, can they forgo Romeo and Juliet’s tragic fate and find their way back to truth and trust?


The Ghostologist

A twelve-year-old boy with a passion for ghosts thinks his dreams have been answered when his father buys a mansion rumored to be haunted. But Grayson soon finds himself terrified by a creepy chair that keeps reappearing, even after he burns it in the fireplace. He also sees apparitions of a hanged woman, and hears poltergeists that shake the furniture. He realizes the real paranormal is much scarier than anything in his imagination and asks his father to hire a ghost hunter. He is pleasantly surprised, as well as smitten, when a sassy, hip teen girl named “Nena” shows up. “Ghostologists don’t hunt ghosts,” she explains. “We study them.”

Together they explore the horrific old house from top to bottom, from his father’s chemistry lab in the basement to the upstairs ballroom, library and observatory. But in seeking the portal to other worlds they learn valuable lessons about this one, about love and loss, childhood and family, guilt and forgiveness, and discover a special bond that will keep them solving mysteries for a long time to come.


Where the Ocean Meets the Sky

Where the Ocean Meets the Sky is a thought-provoking fantasy about a group of philosophical beach-dwelling centipedes who try to cross the ocean.

Because the centipedes have little contact with humans, no natural predators, and a limitless supply of insect prey beneath a nearby lamp post, they have time to indulge their philosophical investigations without distraction, carrying on telepathic conversations from dusk to dawn.

One night Banner announces that Renwin, his eccentric mentor, has a scheme to cross the ocean, curious to see what lies on the other side. But the plan is met with scorn rather than enthusiasm, and Banner spends long nights struggling to win his friends’ support, especially after Renwin’s initial experiments with bottles and styrofoam cups prove disastrous.

The centipedes debate the plan within the safe crevices of their driftwood home, while Renwin spends sleepless days in search of a “floater.” His wanderings eventually lead him to a port, filled with giant floaters that don’t immediately sink in the tide. He and Banner persuade most of the colony to join them for an adventure from which there can be no return, a voyage to a farther shore.


Carnelian

A medieval wizard wakes up in the 20th century to find and defeat his rival, Bloodstone, with the help of three troubled kids from New York.


Uncle Schreiber’s Grammar for Cool Kids

Learning a language would be a piece of cake if we only had to memorize words. But we also have to learn the roles those words play and the rules they follow, just as ants have to know their role in an ant colony and the rules they have to follow to defeat a termite mound.

Our brains are hardwired to understand these rules. By the way, the name for these rules is “grammar.” So why is grammar so hard to learn, even for writers?

Because it’s boring. Because it’s like that bad medicine your mother forced you to swallow as a child. Nobody even explains to you what it is. And there are all these long words, like “conjugation.” Do we really need an 11 letter word to describe a 3 letter word such as “and”?

This book teaches grammar the way I would have liked to learn it – without chapters or exercises or lame example sentences. Instead ants serve as metaphors for the parts of speech, with the queen playing the regal verb and drones playing – well, what are drones anyway?

A talented young artist with a background in animation and anime created the original artwork, to help explain what this bad medicine is and why you need to swallow it.

Because without grammar we understand never another one will. (We never will understand one another.)