By Sarah Addison Allen
Audience: Older Teens
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
This is an adult book, but I think teens would enjoy it, especially if they appreciate fairy tales. Also, it is about a teen.
This one isn't my favorite book of hers, but I still loved re-reading it. (My favorite was Garden Spells.) Everything is so magical and I LOVE the love stories and how everything comes together and how people learn more about their lives and themselves. It's fantastic. Really, you should read her books.
I LOVE Sarah Addison Allen's books. At one point, I was anxious for a new title and was a bit mad that I didn't have a new book to read. Then I found out that she was busy bravely fighting cancer, and I felt bad! I'm so glad she's doing well now. It sounds like we can expect a new book relatively soon! Bonus!