Books by Ann Howard Creel

CALL ME THE CANYON by Ann Howard Creel
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

Madolen's life has been narrow, hard and lonely since her mother died. Seeing no one but her father in a remote part of Utah at the end of the 19th century, the surprising offer of a Mormon family (the Olsens) to adopt her means not just other women for friends, but a chance to learn to read and see something of the world. Her father's determination that if she goes, she will no longer be kin is painful, but the pull to be part of society is too strong. The Olsen mother and daughter give Madolen a taste for female companionship as well as some book-learning, but when tragedy strikes, Madolen is truly on her own. Struggling to survive in the canyons of Utah requires all her skills and knowledge from both parts of her life. A young wealthy Easterner arrives to arouse her interest and love with his outsider's appreciation for the flora, fauna and natural beauty around them. A bittersweet romance grounded in an unusual place and time, with the added bonus of an introduction to early Mormon daily life and beliefs. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2001

"A light, precisely observed novel. "
A YA author's nicely written adult debut novel blends historical richness and a fine sense of place to tell the story of a woman's developing love for her husband—and for his Colorado farmland—over the course of six months in 1944. Read full book review >
A CEILING OF STARS by Ann Howard Creel
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

There's not much to recommend in this stilted and mawkish tale of homelessness and redemption. As her mother disappears into drunkenness, Vivien, 12, named by her father for the Lady of the Lake, clings to the Arthurian tales he told her before he died. Vivien makes friends among the homeless in Denver, and even finds a place to stay in Arch House, where runaway teens can be safe, but she finds the lure of the streets irresistible. The book is told in journal entries and through letters Vivien writes to relatives whose addresses she doesn't have. Creel romanticizes homelessness, inhabits her novel with simplistic good guys and bad guys—even a puppy. The result is neither persuasive nor satisfying. (Fiction. 9-12) Read full book review >