The 3 Julie Berry books I have read have all been worth recommending!
Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons.
“All the Truth That’s in Me” (September 2013, Viking) is Julie’s first YA novel. It has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, BCCB, and the Horn Book. It’s been named a Horn Book Fanfare title, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013, and a Junior Library Guild selection. It’s been nominated for a Carnegie Medal and a YALSA BFYA award. It’s being published in 12 international countries and territories. Julie is also the author of “The Amaranth Enchantment” and “Secondhand Charm” (Bloomsbury) and the “Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys” series (Penguin Books for Young Readers). A forthcoming middle grade release is “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” (Fall 2014, Roaring Brook). Julie’s works appear in audio and international versions worldwide.
I LOVED All the Truth That is in Me!! So did my 14 year old daughter.
“All the Truth That’s In Me is that rare magical thing—a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose.”—The New York Journal of Books
“The love story and the mystery . . . are mesmerizing. Berry’s language undulates and flows. . . . Worthy of multiple reads.”—The Boston Globe
The paperback edition includes an exclusive interview with the author and a list of discussion questions for book clubs!
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember–even if he doesn’t know it–her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
A 2014 Edgar Award nominee for YA
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013 and 2014 “Battle of the Books” contender
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book for 2013
A Horn Book Fanfare 2013 title
A 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick
Amaranth Enchantment was the 1st Julie Berry book I read.
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda’s course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past. A strong seller in hardcover, this original fairytale marks an exciting debut from a lyrical new voice
Secondhand Charm is an original stand alone I really enjoyed.
In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy’s charms-no more than trinkets when worn by others-are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason’s son. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the prince’s carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .
Berry’s debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales-and now she’s done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.
I own the Splurch Academy books and plan to read them soon.