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shiver.jpgShiver (Scholastic, 2009) by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace was attacked by the wolves when she was small, but “her” wolf saved her from the others.
When it gets cold Sam is a wolf. He’s been staying a wolf longer and longer and this may be the last time he’s a human.
The story is told from both Grace’s and Sam’s viewpoints.
You don’t want to miss this story of love, betrayal, and reconciliation. Neither do you want to miss the book trailer on Maggie’s site.
And wait! A sequel, Linger, is coming this summer! A third book, Forever, is also planned.

Posted in So Many Good Books, YA Novels

Once Upon a Marigold

MarigoldThe cover of Once Upon a Marigold calls itself “part comedy, part love story, part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” and it’s true.  Jean Ferris puts us in a world of trolls, tooth fairies, and a forest where “there were dangers when the lights went out.”  There’s a crystal cave.  The commoner who falls in love with the princess.  The princess with a birth gift that backfired.  An evil enemy.  Loyal supporters.  An inventor.  P-mail.  Secrets revealed.  Past mysteries solved.  A quest for the ODD medal.

The story has amusing lines like this one about Edric, the troll:  “Then he . . . settled down with his briar pipe and the book of Greek myths.  Nothing like a little fratricide, patricide, matricide, and infanticide to send a fellow right off to sleep.  This book won’t put you to sleep, but it may make you laugh out loud.


Jean Ferris has written many other books, which now I have to check out.  Go to her website at to learn more about her and her writing.