Childrens' books: Love and Valentine's Day

 

Owl in Love
Patrice Kindl

Wereowls (similar to were-wolves) are the main characters in this fantasy. Owl's struggles to grow up and come to terms with both the human and owl world are depicted. Unusual perspective should prove fascinating to young adult readers. Selected as a Golden Kite Award winner and a School Library Journal Best Book. 1993, Houghton, Ages 12 up, $15.00. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

The Silver Kiss
Annette Curtis Klause

Zoe, a lonely teenager, is trying to cope with her best friend moving, her hospital-bound mother, and an overprotective father who believes his daughter is not strong enough to handle her mother's illness or imminent death. One evening she meets Simon, a three-hundred year old vampire. An absorbing tale with a touch of suspense, horror, and romance. Black-eyed Susan Book Award winner. 1990, Delacorte, Ages 12 up, $14.95 and $3.50 paper. Reviewer: Mary Sue Preissner

Thwonk
Joan Bauer

Seventeen-year-old Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary has two immense passions in her life: her photography, in which she displays great promise, and handsome hunk Peter Terris, who barely knows that she exists. But life changes for A. J. when she discovers Jonathan, her personal cupid, one late night about a week before Valentine's Day. A. J. is allowed only one wish, and Jonathan can help her either artistically, academically, or romantically. Against Jonathan's advice and her own better judgment, A. J. asks Jonathan to help her with Peter; she wants a date for the King of Hearts Dance just six days away. One shot with cupid's arrow and thwonk, A. J. has the loving devotion of handsome Peter forever. She soon realizes that what she has wished for isn't what she truly wants. Adolescent girls will relate well to A. J.'s dilemma and enjoy this humorous story with an ending that is not so obvious. 1995, Laurel-Leaf Books, Ages 12 up, $3.99. Reviewer: Tim Whitney

 


Marilyn Courtot provides Children's book reviews for ParentsPlace.com, and is the host of the Children's Literature website.

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