Books by Adele Griffin

THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying experiment in form. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Why did an 18-year-old artist fall from an overpass in New York City in the middle of the night? Read full book review >
LOUD AWAKE AND LOST by Adele Griffin
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"The startling conclusion itself is worth the ride, and chances are that readers' 'aha' moment won't come any sooner than Ember's. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
There's not a lot that Ember is certain about except that she barely survived a horrific car accident, and her passenger did not. Read full book review >
ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A sumptuously written examination of sibling rivalry and socioeconomic class. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters painfully discover that money can't buy happiness in this provocative family drama. Read full book review >
TIGHTER by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"A contemporary reboot that does the original proud. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Drug addiction and tainted love mess with the mind of a befuddled au pair in this creepy update of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Read full book review >
THE JULIAN GAME by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Griffin portrays Raye's soul-searching convincingly; readers will identify with her acute consciousness of her outsider status, which makes her inner struggle both compelling and sympathetic. (Fiction. YA)"
Out of boredom, Raye and her best friend Natalya create a phony Facebook profile for a college freshman named Elizabeth Lavenzck. Read full book review >
PICTURE THE DEAD by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"Also, though carefully rendered, the illustrations often interrupt rather than enhance the flow of the work and may seem out of place for older teen readers, who would otherwise be a natural audience for this appealingly gothic work. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A brooding mystery set during the Civil War, this gripping ghost story of a young woman trapped by the confines of her gender and social standing is not altogether successful in its format. Read full book review >
THE KNAVEHEART’S CURSE by Adele Griffin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A (vegetarian) recipe and a school report comparing Daniel Boone and Vlad the Impaler close this droll tale. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Having earned her Slayer's Pin with a twin killing in Vampire Island (2007), more-or-less vegan, more-or-less ex-vampire Maddy tackles a pair of tougher challenges in this equally tongue-in-cheek sequel. Read full book review >
VAMPIRE ISLAND by Adele Griffin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fans of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's Little Vampire tales will happily sink their teeth into this one. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The author of the Witch Twins series leans toward Addams Family-style comedy in this tale of three vampire siblings trying, with mixed success, to make a go of it in New York. Read full book review >
MY ALMOST EPIC SUMMER by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"These e-mails throw Irene's character off balance and disrupt the plot's otherwise smooth and believable flow. (Fiction. YA)"
The clear, but occasionally unrealistic teenage voice of Irene Morse, a spunky, intelligent and sometimes melodramatic heroine, recounts the summer leading into her freshman year. Read full book review >
WHERE I WANT TO BE by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"Griffin masterfully weaves the deceased Jane's past and ghostly present into the story, as the line between imagination and reality, life and death, blurs for characters and readers alike in this powerful story. (Fiction. YA)"
Eighteen-year-old Jane Culvert is a passionate young woman with a knack for making everything seem magical. Read full book review >
OVERNIGHT by Adele Griffin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2003

"For a more effective dissection of the nature of cliques, try Amy Goldman Koss's The Girls (2000). (Fiction. 10-12)"
A birthday slumber party becomes the undoing of a clique when one of the guests is abducted. Read full book review >
HANNAH, DIVIDED by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Hannah's adoration of numbers and formulas borders on the obsessive and the positive conclusion seems somewhat at odds with the Depression-era setting, but she is a different and rarely seen role model. (Fiction. 9-12)"
If it's more common for girls in literature to be great readers and poor math students, then 13-year-old Hannah is certainly different. Read full book review >
AMANDINE by Adele Griffin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Beautifully told and emotionally honest. (Fiction. YA)"
A charismatic, dangerous girl with a flair for drama first attracts and then repels both protagonist and reader in this disquieting story. Read full book review >
WITCH TWINS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2001

"Preteen readers will 'love-love-love' watching these seemingly ordinary 11-year-olds in action. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Two novice Philadelphia witches discover both that magic is harder to control than it seems and that they're not as inseparable as they supposed, in this lighthearted family story with a twist, from the author of Dive (1999). Read full book review >
WITCH TWINS AT CAMP BLISS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"Young girls will identify with Luna's fears and Claire's aspirations as they secretly wish to have magical powers themselves. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Luna has begun to have some reservations camping, but her twin, Claire, is determined to be elected "Camp Bliss Girl." Read full book review >
DIVE by Adele Griffin
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Thoughtful readers will appreciate his insight, enjoy the ringside seat as restrained, rational Lyle meets Mallory, a flamboyant, take-charge TV personality, and come to understand both the dangers and the appeal of Dustin's choices. (Fiction. 11-13)"
PLB 0-7868-2389-5 From Griffin (The Other Shepards, 1998, etc.), a poignant, perceptive tale of a teenager on a self-destructive spiral, seen through the eyes of his younger, more grounded stepbrother. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SHEPARDS by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A brighter fate for the girls is promised, but whether this devastated family has a real happy ending isn't answered in these pages. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Griffin (Sons of Liberty, 1997, etc.) peeks into the lives of two sisters, eighth-grader Holland and sixth-grader Geneva Shepard, who live in the shadow of three older siblings killed 18 years ago—before Holland and Geneva were born. Read full book review >
SONS OF LIBERTY by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It will make readers wince in discomfort, and long to know how it all turned out. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A knot-in-the-stomach of a good book, as true and real as any this year: Griffin (Split Just Right, p. 555, etc.), in her disturbing portraits of adults as authoritative, abusive, and ineffectual parents, casts a dark shadow over the story of two teenage brothers leaving the safety of childhood. Read full book review >
SPLIT JUST RIGHT by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Some comic twists also lighten the load, as does an upbeat ending and Danny and Susan's emergence from the crisis even closer than they were before. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenager learns some unpleasant truths about her parents in this deceptively light-toned portrait of a two-member family. Read full book review >
RAINY SEASON by Adele Griffin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Griffin's first novel for young readers will leave them sober and thoughtful. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Set against a vivid picture of life in the Panama Canal Zone during the Carter Administration, this tale of a deceptively healthy military family trying to deny past tragedy has a theatrical flavor. Read full book review >