Ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley (328 pages) – Charlotte Usher is barely acknowledged by everyone at her high school. Her sudden demise, means she’s even less visible to anyone – apart from her classmates at an alternative high school for ghosts. But will she get to the ball?
The Elite, by Jennifer Banash (251 pages) – Yet another story about rich girls in a prestigious New York high school. To be fair, the main character, Casey, is from the midwestern U.S., and has to try to fit in with the big city crowd, which is a slightly newer take on the whole Gossip-Girl-type genre. This is the first in a series of books.
Crash Test : An Upper Class Novel, by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne, and Caroline Says (278 pages) – This is the fourth book in the Upper Class series, which is set in a school for rich and fairly indulgent teens somewhere in New York.
Stealing Heaven, by Elizabeth Scott (307 pages) – Eighteen-year-old Dani’s mother raised her to be a thief, and together they travel from place to place, nicking off with silver and never making any friends. But when they end up in one town – Heaven – where Dani feels at home, how will she break free from her mother’s life?
The Nostradamus Prophecy, by Theresa Breslin (468 pages) – This epic story is set in sixteenth-century France. Nostradamus has predicted a massacre, but King Charles doesn’t believe him; his mother, Catherine de’ Medici, does, however. So to does Melisande, the minstrel’s daughter, who ends up with some parchments written by Nostradamus that hold the secret of the French royal line. Adventure ensues!
A Curse Dark as Gold, by Elizabeth C Bunce (395 pages) – “Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family’s woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.” (Catalogue description)