There’s gonna be a bookshelf door to a secret room in my home someday.
Melanie Surani is an author with a heart for international travel. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee before taking extended trips to Toronto, Eichstätt, Philadelphia, and New York City. She lives with her husband and cat in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Author photo by Chris Watt, 2018. https://chriswattphotography.photoshelter.com/index
★★★★☆ Josefina was the sixth doll in Pleasant Company’s lineup back in 1997 when I was sixteen and more interested in boys than dolls. I still wanted dolls, but I wouldn’t admit it. Oh, my sister and I bought the Spice Girls Barbies right about then, but as a joke. I mean, nobody expected we …
★★★☆☆ I hadn’t heard great things about this novel, but when I picked it up in the used bookstore, the first page or two read well. Lo (Laura) wakes up to a burglar in her house, and she fights him off (basically) and she goes to the police. The police say that statistically, most burglars …
★★★★★ It’s the 80s, and there’s so much of it. Abby invites everyone in school to her birthday party at the roller rink, and only one person, Gretchen, shows up. Gretchen gives a disappointing present, but the two girls become best friends. We follow them through the grades, the boys, the catty friends, until a …
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