Reading Room Blog
The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu.
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil. The world of Greek Mythology comes to life (or death)!
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli.
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating
chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.
Hopefully you will enjoy some these titles, all of which feature a smart female sleuth!
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.
Enola, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is drawn into two mysteries, both surrounding missing persons.
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a
precious Vermeer painting disappears, Petra and Calder combine their
talents to solve an international art scandal.
Owl in Love also has a bit of fantasy, so I wondered if that is another element that you might like, so I included a few of those. I also included a few light reads, since you mentioned liking that as well. Here are some titles I hope you'll enjoy:
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
Here are some titles that you might find interesting.....
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli.
It is based on the fairy tale Rapunzel...told in alternating chapters
from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince. It goes into the psychological motivation of all the characters.
The Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli.
A retelling of the Greek myths about Pan...whose reed flute frolicking leads him to a meeting with Iphigenia a human raised as the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra.
If you haven't already read her
other books like "How to Deal," "That Summer," "The Truth About
Forever," and "Just Listen", you might want to check them out. Also, you might enjoy:
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. (and anything by Joan Bauer)
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from
Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the
Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's
political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
I'm guessing that you've already read the first one, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (but if you haven't, I would really recommend going back to it).
Here are a few other titles that I think you may like:
Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares.
In the third book in the series, the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants graduate from high school and spend their last summer before college learning about life and themselves. Also, if you'd like to continue with the series, the 4th one is coming out in January, it will be called Forever in Blue.
Here are some other books you might enjoy:
A House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh.
When Eddie's ill parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude, and embarks on adventures that involve strolling actors, St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, and a carnival float shaped like a giant cow. This is the first of three books in the series.
Here are some titles of suspenseful books that I hope you will enjoy as much as you liked The Client by John Grisham:
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.
The Trial by Jen Bryant.
Living in Flemington, New Jersey, in 1935, twelve-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn describes, in a series of poems, the effect on her small town of the ongoing trial of Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby son.
If you enjoyed Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, you might like some of these titles.
Begging For Change by Sharon G. Flake.
Raspberry tries to sort out feelings for her homeless, drug-addicted
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
A boy learns to write out his emotions and feelings in poetry as he deal with the death of his parents and separation from his sister.
Here are some suggestions for short romances. I have them broken into three categories, since I didn't know what type of romance you are looking for. I also included a few more suggestions than usual, hoping that this will help you find something on the list that appeals to you.