D. M. Cataneo set out to write a novel that is a mix between To Kill a Mocking Bird and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. His book Eggplant Alley touches upon broad issues like war and personal issues such as first love.
D.M. Cataneo makes you feel and experience the world of Nicky Martini, the good, the bad, the ups, the downs of his young life and the reality of the world around him. Even though it all takes place in just one year, 1970, with the use of flashbacks it spans a much broader time giving depth and fullness to the characters. It is hard enough to be dealing with one’s own teenage angst, but coupling it with the Vietnam War, racism, a first crush and a secret kept by his new friend; all makes for a novel that one can’t put down.
Amelia Faith impressed us all when she published her first novel (When Everyone Thinks You're Gone) at 16 years old. Winner of a Readers Favorite Five Star Book award! It's sequel, When First Impressions Are More Than Everything, has just been published.
Six months ago, the last words Charlotte said to her best friend Justin were "I hate you". Ten minutes later, he was killed in a car accident. Overcome with grief and guilt, Charlotte falls into a deep depression that it seems like she can never get out of, but then she takes to seeing something. Someone, to be more specific. Everywhere she goes, she sees Justin in the crowds, watching her every move. Everyone tells her to move on, get some help, that she's seeing things as a result of grief and guilt, but Charlotte refuses to believe that, and it turns out she was right. Justin never left, but only Charlotte can see him. Through all the drama and supernatural encounters, will these two best friends be able to get another shot to finish things the way they were supposed to, and maybe, a chance at something more? (GibsonsB)