Here’s what was in my mailbox this week:

amor_and_summer_secrets_coverAmor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Publish Date: September 1, 2008

Fifteen-year-old Mariana Ruiz has no desire to step foot outside her affluent Philadelphia suburb. BUT she may not have a choice.

With total disregard to the high-glam Sweet 16 her best friend is hosting, Mariana’s father ships her off to a tiny mountain town in Puerto Rico to stay with family she’s never met. The heat is merciless, the food is spicy, and only one of her relatives—her distant cousin Lilly—speaks English. Her consolation prize is Lilly’s homespun Puerto Rican Quinceãnera. Only the riotously festive party exposes Mariana to more than just her culture. She uncovers new friends, her first love, and a family secret that’s been buried on the island for more than 30 years.

amigas_and_school_scandals_coverAmigas and School Scandals by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Publish Date: November 1, 2008

Mariana Ruiz is bringing a lot home from her vacation in Puerto Rico, including memories of a hot summer romance, a new understanding of her cousin Lilly Sanchez who’s enrolling in Mariana’s suburban Philadelphia high school.Mariana’s best friends, Madison and Emily, aren’t thrilled about the new arrival, especially when Lilly soars through the ranks of Spring Mills High’s social circles. But Mariana has other things on her mind. Like Mariana’s developing crush on her locker buddy, Bobby, the one boy to ever take Emily on a real date. But it’s the revelations at Mariana’s Sweet 16 party that make it clear that life at Spring Mills High School will never be the same again.

death-by-latteDeath by Latte by Linda Gerber
Publish Date: September 18, 2008

It was only a few weeks ago that Aphra Connolly’s life changed completely. She had been living a quiet existence on her father’s secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turned up and stole her heart . . . and provided information that led her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn’t quite what she expected. Aphra’s mom, Natalie, doesn’t seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie’s boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he gave her the previous summer. At least Natalie’s hunky neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .

also-known-as-harperAlso Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
Publish Date: May 26, 2009

Harper Lee Morgan is an aspiring poet, which isn’t surprising, seeing as how she’s named after her mama’s favorite writer, Harper Lee. And life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them broke. Then Harper’s family gets evicted.
With Mama scrambling to find work, Harper has to skip school to care for her little brother, Hemingway. Their lives have been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle—if it wasn’t for the writing contest at school. If only she could get up on that stage and read her poems out loud . . .

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