I'm a champion for middle grade (both writing and reading) but I definitely read YA (mostly for pleasure). Every once in a while I come across a YA book that transcends its genre. Meaning, I love it as an adult and I would recommend it to upper middle graders (i.e. my niece). My latest read that I'm telling everyone to read:
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
While the cover isn't my favorite, I gobbled this book down in less than a day (I only neglected my kids a smidge). The story is a perfectly twisted fairytale. Action, tension, romance (clean romance), and a dragon to boot. While the protag is 16, I still feel it will appeal to upper middle graders, especially after reading The O.W.L.'s list of what her kids are actually reading. I immediately googled for a sequel, and I've been awaiting today's release of:
My Unfair Godmother
GoodReads description: Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn't exactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum "Chrissy" Everstar, Tansy's fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy's three wishes don't exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn't bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She'll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief 's son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control. Janette Rallison pulls out all the stops in this fresh, fun-filled follow-up to the popular My Fair Godmother.
Janette is giving away a copy on her blog and Adventures in Children's Publishing is also doing a giveaway for this book. Go now. And if you don't win, buy it. You won't regret it.
Have you read anything by Janette Rallison?