In This Issue

This week, our stellar titles include Midnight Rooms by Donyae Coles, "a chilling and fantastical work of historical fiction" about a young bride's attempt to understand the family she's married into; and Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland, about a pirate crew on "a swashbuckling quest" that features "dangerous sea serpents, and an almost literally cutthroat cake competition." Plus, for teen readers, Break to You by Neal Shusterman, Debra Young, and Michelle Knowlden is a "captivating and tense portrayal of life in a juvenile detention center follows two teens who dare to defy boundaries for love"; and The First Week of School by Drew Beckmeyer is a "comical sci-fi romp" to reassure younger readers about the upcoming elementary-school year.

In The Writer's Life, novelist Tracy O'Neill discusses her new memoir, Woman of Interest, and the season of life in which she was searching for a sense of home and wondering who that included.

--Dave Wheeler, senior editor, Shelf Awareness


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