Love, Aubrey

“[Aubrey’s] struggle to overcome being “stuck” may offer strength to children who are suffering from a loss of their own...a heartbreaking and honest look at family trauma that is devastating, humorous, sad, and, most of all, real.—Booklist, Starred Review

Eleven-year-old Aubrey finds herself living all alone. It’s okay, for a while. She buys plenty of SpaghettiO’s to eat and a pet fish to keep her company. While SpaghettiO’s and pet fish are both wonderful things, sometimes even the strongest people find they need a little more.

• Read an excerpt here
• Listen to a clip here
• Purchase in US
• Purchase in UK

Translations:

Dutch by Van Goor
German by Cecilie Dressler Verlag
Indonesian by Penerbit Matahati
Japanese by Tokuma Shoten
Korean by Random House Korea, Seoul
Swedish by B. Wahlstroms
Ukrainian by Old Lion


Eight Keys

"LaFleur writes with uncommon sensitivity to the fraught period between childhood and the teenage years, when friendships balance on a razor's edge and nothing feels certain. The heart of the story lies in the layered relationships and characters that give the novel its powerful sense of realism."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Elise has loved her life with Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hugh so far, and she’s always been best friends with her neighbor, Franklin. But when Elise starts middle school, suddenly everything goes wrong: more family moves into their house; things with Franklin seem off, somehow; she can’t keep up in school; and her locker partner is a nightmare. That’s when Elise discovers a secret, one that has been waiting for her since she was a little girl. She’s never given much thought to the eight locked rooms above her uncle’s workshop in the barn; that is, not until she’s ready for something to change, not until she finds a key with her name on it…

• Read an excerpt here
• Listen to a clip here
• Purchase in US
• Purchase in UK

 

Listening for Lucca

“...an enticing blend of history, mystery, and family...”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Siena has a strange ability: she can see the past. She’s been dreaming of a house by the ocean…but why?

Siena’s little brother Lucca doesn’t talk. When their parents decide to move the family to Maine, they choose a house that resembles the one from Siena’s dreams. As Siena begins to take control of her visions, she discovered secrets of a family who lived in the house before, secrets that have eerie connections with the present…

• Read an excerpt here
• Listen to a clip here
• Purchase in US
• Purchase in UK



Beautiful Blue World

“Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears and confusion about the nature of war and a world turned upside down, while somehow still managing to believe something better is possible. Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant.”—Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right. But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.

• Read an excerpt here
• Listen to a clip here
• Purchase here

 

Threads of Blue

"A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war's devastation."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The sequel to Beautiful Blue World.

• Purchase here

 

Counting to Perfect

Cassie, competitive swimmer and rising seventh grader, plans to spend her summer at the pool with her friends, rather than stuck at home with her sister and her sister’s baby.

Julia used to be the perfect big sister: she played great games and took good care of Cassie. Now the life at home revolves around Julia and her daughter, Addie. No one pays much attention to Cassie: not to her swimming, and not to what’s gone wrong with her friends.

When Julia confides in Cassie that she’ll be leaving with Addie—without telling their parents—Cassie jumps in the car, too. As the days of lumberjack breakfasts and hotel pools start to add up, Cassie has to wonder: Could the sister who’s the source of all her problems also be the friend she’s missed the most?

• Preorder here