Linda Nesbitt

If you like Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

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Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores.

If you like Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld you might like:

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
If You Come Softly

by Jacqueline Woodson
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are  separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions. 


Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
This is the story of fifteen year old Colie. She is spending the summer with her eccentric Aunt Mira while her mother travels. Formerly chubby and still insecure, Colie has built a shell around herself. But her summer with her aunt, her aung's tenant Norman, and her friends at the Last Chance Diner teach her some important lessons about friendship and learning to love yourself.

 


Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is the story of sixteen year old Miles and his first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama. He shares good times and great pranks with friends. But the year is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

 


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
A wonderful book about an angry, grieving seventeen year old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school. She travels to Paris with her father when her mother is deemed unable to care for her. She uncovers a diary of a young actress during the French revolution and her adventure begins. Who would have expected that uncovering the past could help her deal with her future?
 

If you like Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters, in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared Wizard Howl.

If you like Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, you might like:

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Dark Lord of Derkholm
by Diana Wynne Jones
Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney.

 

 

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

 

 

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Goose Chase
by Patrice Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.

 
 

If you like The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

If you liked The Westing Game you might like:


The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie King
The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen
by Laurie King
Sherlock Holmes takes on a young, female apprentice in this delightful and well-wrought addition to the master detective's casework. In the early years of WW I, 15-year-old American Mary Russell encounters Holmes, retired in Sussex Downs where Conan Doyle left him raising bees. Mary, an orphan rebelling against her guardian aunt's strictures, impresses the sleuth with her intelligence and acumen. Holmes initiates her into the mysteries of detection, allowing her to participate in a few cases when she comes home from her studies at Oxford. The collaboration is ignited by the kidnapping in Wales of Jessica Simpson, daughter of an American senator. The sleuthing duo find signs of the hand of a master criminal, and after Russell rescues the child, attempts are made on their lives (and on Watson's), with evidence piling up that the master criminal is out to get Holmes and all he holds dear. (Publishers Weekly Review)
 
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Chasing Vermeer
by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

 

 

Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Myster
y
by Peter Abrahams
Welcome to Echo Falls. Home of a thousand secrets, where Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth, never knows what will happen next. Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. Getting them back means getting involved in a murder investigation rivaling those solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes, and Ingrid has enough on her plate with club soccer, school, and the plum role of Alice in the Echo Falls production of Alice in Wonderland . But much as in Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole, things in Ingrid's small town keep getting curiouser and curiouser.

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Egypt Game
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor before they move on to new interests, such as Gypsies.

If you like The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli

Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm.
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.


The River Between Us by Richard Peck.
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

If you like The Client by John Grisham

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 like Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I am sending you a list of books that
include mysteries and those about secrets. I hope you enjoy them all!

Avalon High / Meg Cabot.
Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents,
high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where
several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

The Face on the Milk Carton / Caroline B. Cooney.
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

If you like Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Since you enjoyed Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, you may enjoy some of her other books such as How to Deal, That Summer, and The Truth About
Forever. You might also enjoy the following:


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.

 

If you like The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau

Since you enjoyed The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau, I am sending you some titles that I hope you will like just as much.


Countdown to the Year 1000 / by K.H. McMullan.
Alarmed by a prophecy that the world will end with the arrival of the
year 1000, the students of Dragon Slayers' Academy get some advice from Zack, a boy who has traveled back from 1999.


The Preacher's Boy : a novel / by Terry Pringle.
Relates the experiences of a young man growing up in a small Texas town in the shadow of his strict preacher father.

If you like Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson

Since you enjoyed The Morning
Gift by Eva Ibbotson, Ihere is a list of books that I hope you
will enjoy as well.

 

The Star of Kazan / Eva Ibbotson.

After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late
nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman
claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in
a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

 

The Coffin Quilt : the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys / Ann
Rinaldi.

If you like Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Farm Team by Will Weaver.

With his father in jail and his mother working full-time, fourteen-year-old Billy Baggs finds himself in charge of running the family farm in northern Minnesota and having to give up the thing he loves most--baseball.

 

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

When twelve-year-old Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, he has to contend with his extraordinary new environment, life with his autistic sister, not to mention the warden's daughter!

 

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.