literary-favesI don’t know how the elite define “literary”, but for me, it means there is a quality to the writing and/or a type of theme that would show up in literature classes or on Newberry or Nobel Award winner lists. The sort of book you analyze and dissect and say, “What do you think the author meant by this?” They can be ultimately any genre, because it’s the impact of the story on the heart and mind that matters most. More that merely entertain, these inspire the human spirit. It isn’t as common a genre for writers to attempt.

Tell a Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya

Dark-skinned Pullamma would rather get married. Fair-skinned Lata would rather not.

With three girls in the family, and barely enough dowry to secure husbands for two, their grandmother is forced to choose – and she chooses Lata.

What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma’s future in ways no one could have foreseen.

Tell A Thousand Lies is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately realistic look at how superstition and the color of a girl’s skin rules India’s hinterlands.

Lindsey by Linda Crowder

A witness to her brother’s brutal death when she was only ten years old, Lindsey has learned to cry silently and alone. Now in her twenties, the death of her parents leaves her grappling with questions of the past and forgiveness.

Song of the Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff

Orphaned at a young age, Song has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But it is his own history he seeks to uncover, particularly the events surrounding his parents’ deaths. That is a secret closely guarded by his grandfather. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales he has scorned. Song must follow the path that killed his father.


Annals of Alasia by Annie Douglass Lima

Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by Erik, his young bodyguard and friend, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, coming face to face with the hardships suffered by the poor, he determines to improve his people’s lives someday when he takes the throne, assuming he can reclaim his kingdom.

In his struggle to retain his identity and yet blend in with children in the local school, Jaymin’s life depends on his ability to protect his secret from both enemy troops and unsuspecting townsfolk. Meanwhile, Erik must resort to his skills in unarmed combat to defend Jaymin against everyone from a gang of schoolyard bullies to the Malornians who regularly patrol the streets looking for trouble – and for the missing prince.


Bingo Summer by Dawn Malone

On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where she used to live.

The Upside of Down by Dawn Malone

Hobbs Crane doesn’t like distractions. He lives for football, rules the basketball court, and does his best to avoid the neighbor girl with the Jupiter-sized crush on him. With a new kid out to steal his starting basketball position, Hobbs needs to feel in control again. Then Hobbs finds a boy living inside a giant blue spruce on an empty city lot who becomes the biggest distraction of all. How long has he been there? Where did he come from? And why does he seem to be following Hobbs?

The boy named Up is in survival mode. Leaving his real name and a neglectful home life behind, Up is running away to Florida to find his older sister who left home years ago. But he’s hungry and desperate, and he finds the overgrown evergreen next to the old factory the perfect hideout until he makes a plan.

Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption by Mark Myers

What happens when young Virgil Creech sets his one-track mind on owning a dog? He can’t find an available one, of course – that would be too easy for a Creech. No, Virgil becomes obsessed with the four-legged companion of eccentric newcomer, Colonel Clarence Birdwhistle. When he enlists his only friend, Henry Lee to help make his dream reality, a hilarious chain of events sweep through Portsong as the miscreant schemes to steal the dog from the kindly old man.

Set in the 1920’s, Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption probes deep into the mind of a boy, which is a shallow thing indeed. Follow Virgil as he plots and plunders his way through school, church, town, and quite possibly into your heart. His antics are hard for even the stoutest soul to tolerate, but don’t write him off just yet. There is always hope that young Virgil might just find his way.