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Intertwined by Gena Showalter ISBN 978-0373210121


Aden Stone has always had many problems: when he walks too close to a cemetery the dead wake up, he hears voices in his head and he has no family.

Aden has been shuffled from foster homes to juvie his whole life and he is trying desperately to stay out of trouble and pretend to be normal.

Aden has just been shuffled to one more home and his good behavior has been rewarded and he can go to public high school.  He is finally achieving his goals.

At school he meets someone he thought was impossible — a person who quiets the voices in his head.  He is enthralled and wants to spend as much time with her as he can because he is finally calm.  With much hesitation he reveals to her what is happening and so she begins to wonder about her own life and the death of her mother when she was a young girl.

This is a great paranormal story: vampires, werewolves, and speakers of spirits … a great combination and a story I will continue reading.


From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—Aden Stone is not your typical 16-year-old. Since birth he has had four souls trapped within him that possess special powers: the ability to time travel, raise the dead, possess a body, and predict the future. As a result, he has spent his whole life in and out of mental institutions diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic. Now able to control the voices in his head, Aden has moved to Crossroads, OK, to live in a halfway house for delinquent boys. His goal in life is to find a means to free these souls and at last be at peace. When he meets Mary Ann Gray, she miraculously acts as a neutralizer, and for the first time in his life, he truly feels normal. The two become fast friends, establishing a sibling-type bond. Little do they realize that when they first met, their connection sent a power surge throughout the world drawing every paranormal creature from fairies to vampires to Crossroads on a quest for power. To complicate matters, Aden becomes romantically involved with a vampire princess and Mary Ann with her werewolf bodyguard. Together the teens must figure out a way to protect themselves, and all of humanity. This fast-paced, action-driven plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, with a unique story line and strong characters, Intertwined is fresh and original at a time when there is an overload of paranormal romances on the market.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

I seem to be in a rather dark mood when it comes to youth fiction; however, I do choose books that though dark have uplifting endings.

Stella is a young girl who never knew her father, though he named her for he was a jazz musician and his favorite song was about Stella. Her mother is flighty and loves to wander hither and yon and doesn’t know how to care for her young daughter. So Stella ended up in the foster care system and eventually at her great-aunt’s house. Stella is super organized and lives with the “Help from Heloise” home tips.

Angel is another young girl that Great Aunt Louise fosters for she thought that Stella needed a young friend. It turns out that Angel and Stella have nothing in common and they have a hard time getting along, until something unexpected happens.

Louise is found dead in her lounge chair at the end of the last day of school.

This occurrence ties the girls together for they both know that soon they will be getting out of the foster system: Angel’s aunt is applying for custody and Stella is hoping that her mother finally has a steady job and will be able to be a family again. They both need just a few more weeks and they will be more settled. So they decide to pretend that Louise broke her ankle and take care of cleaning the summer rental cabins and processing the registrations themselves. They do very well for most of the summer but events change when the social services people arrive and ask questions that they cannot answer.

This is a great story about family: those born and those made. I highly recommend this for readers of all ages.


“A suspenseful, surprising novel of friendship and family from the creator of the popular Clementine series.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Beautifully evoked, the novel’s Cape Cod setting plays a focal role in this richly layered tale of loss, resiliency, and belonging.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Pennypacker is a Beverly Cleary-caliber girl-whisperer; she can weave a yarn both funny and touching, with all the beloved, timeworn themes at the ready: friendship, family, loyalty, loss and independence.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Pennypacker’s marvelously tactile writing animates Stella’s narration and brings both engaging, resilient, and resourceful characters to life.” (School Library Journal)

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