Madapple was a finalist for the American Library Association Award, and I’m on the waiting list to read it.
Here are some other titles you may enjoy:
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce.
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.
Another book by James Howe that you may enjoy is The Misfits. The book is about four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school and decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.
Here are some other books you might like to try:
If you liked East by Pattou, you might like these.
Beauty by Robin McKinley.
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
I have some suggestions if you liked Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding:
The gorgon's gaze by Julia Golding.
Mallins Wood is home to the last surviving gorgon, and Col's mother, the gorgon's supernatural Companion, is determined to save it from encroaching development--even to the point of endangering Col and his best friend Connie, the most powerful Companion alive.
The chimera's curse by Julia Golding.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George.
The sequel to What My Mother Doesn’t Know is