Young Widows Club
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she'd moved beyond-even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.
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Tumble & Fall
In Alexandra Coutts' highly anticipated, pre-apocalyiptic novel, catastrophe is unavoidable—but the question isn’t how to save the world—it's what to do with one week left. Against this stark backdrop, three teens are swept up into intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
Nothing can change the fact that Olivia Larsen's twin sister, Violet, is gone… until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back. With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life, and they soon discover two more dresses, and two more wishes.
Adopted as a baby, Hazel has never belonged anywhere, and has always yearned to know the truth about where she comes from. So when she receives three enchanted dresses, Hazel wishes to know her mother. In one miraculous summer, Hazel finds her home, falls in love, and makes an unexpected friend. But will her search to uncover her past forever alter her future?
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Reviews for Young Widows Club
“This intense and emotionally charged novel adeptly examines the five stages of grief and how one teen handles marriage, death, and rebirth. VERDICT: A must-have for YA collections. – School Library Journal
“Tam’s narrative voice will draw readers in to what real grief looks like, and Colin’s deadpan humor keeps a serious story from being dragged too deep. Layered with rounded secondary characters and running its own haunting soundtrack, Coutts’s novel explores family, grief, and second chances with delicacy and resonance.” —Booklist
Reviews for Tumble & Fall
“A refreshing debut.” — Booklist
“In the iconic words of R.E.M., “It’s the end of the world as we know it,” and this smart, surprisingly feel-good, end-of-days novel is indeed…fine.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Coutts’s characters offer a great deal of depth and appeal, and her writing is both purposeful and rich.” — Publishers Weekly
“Apocalyptic stories are all the rage these days, but this one stands out. There are no zombies, no deadly diseases, nothing to fight, and no way to win. Coutts has written a memorable novel filled with hope, love, absolution, and courage in the face of almost certain death. It will inspire readers to consider their own mortality and the profound impact they have on those who love them.” — School Library Journal
“Richly developed characters and a tight-knit island setting characterize this impressive novel.” — The Horn Book
Reviews for Wish
“A touching, enjoyable read that will have readers rooting for Olivia to find her own voice and step into the sun.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Bullen delivers an enticing first novel… [A] sweet story of siblings determined to remain inseparable.” — Publishers Weekly
“This first-time novelist has produced an enjoyable variation on the three magical wishes scenario… Olivia works through the wishes to realize her strengths and learn to face the world on her own.” — School Library Journal
Reviews for Wishful Thinking
“Bullen has done an outstanding job of pulling off the magic and realism to create a compelling novel that has love, mystery, and adventure.” — School Library Journal
“In her second novel, Bullen, once again beautifully marries reality with fantasy in an effortless story weaving the two together… Wishful Thinking will have readers wrapped up in Hazel’s story too intrigued to put it down.” — Children’s Literature