Book Reviews by rephilipsen

Arnetta Price has had a fractured family since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her parents, younger brother, and one set of grandparents, sending her to live with her other grandparents, Grammy and Papaw. If only she could have prevented the accident.

 

Mayten Singer has always lived with her large family in the countryside. She spent her free time with her brother, Wollemi, or with her beloved trees. Soon she won’t have much free time though. She was leveling up to Level 4 with her two friends. Once they received their assignments, they would become full-fledged members of the clan. Mayten isn’t worried. She will be a tree singer just like her mother. After all, communicating with the trees and directing their energy came easily to her. Some even said she had potential to be better than her mother.

There are some things you just can’t tell anyone, not even your best friends. When Zinnia Manning’s older brother, Gabriel, gets into an “accident” while he is away at college, he is diagnosed with a mental illness and sent to a hospital. No one knows when he can come home or if he will be okay. Zinnia’s life seems to be collateral damage. 

 

Cynthia Graham has just found out her grandmother has left her a red diamond from Ama Dablam in her inheritance. With the diamond are letters from Sandy Irvine, one of the famous climbers on the fated 1924 Everest climb. Meanwhile, Dorje’s family’s climbing business is losing money, and rumors are going around about a new smuggling gang run by a man named the Foreigner. When Cynthia decides to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and go on a climbing trip to Ama Dablam, evil seems to follow her there. Little does she know, the Foreigner is after her too.

A horse named Lafitte is waiting for a rider. He knows he can jump really well, but no one wants to buy him because he is too short. So, he waits. Meanwhile, a girl named Ella is staying with her Aunt Anastasia while her parents get things straightened out at her home.

Ruby knows she isn’t normal. She has always been afraid of the water, despite living on an island. She doesn’t know who her parents are. She also sees lines that form a grid connecting her to everything and everyone around her. As far as she knows, Ruby has no living family members. So it is a shock when Ruby finds out that she has two uncles and a grandma who want to take care of her. Finally, she will be taken care of. But having someone understand her may be more dangerous than she ever thought.



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