Books by Becky Citra

Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"A short, accessible mystery for readers who enjoy a leisurely pace. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Fifteen-year-old orphan Charlotte O'Dell leaves her Victoria, British Columbia, home to waitress at the St. Alice Hotel on Harrison Lake in 1908. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Solid worldbuilding makes this a believable, page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The son of a fantasy novelist finds himself in an adventure worthy of one of his mother's plots. Read full book review >
DUKE'S DEN by Becky Citra
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sweet and lively. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An 11-year-old girl does her best to protect her mom's new tenants as they run an animal-rescue center out of the basement. Read full book review >
FINDING GRACE by Becky Citra
Released: March 1, 2014

"Dysfunctional-mother fiction is a crowded genre; this one lacks sufficient punch to distinguish itself. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Hope didn't even know that Grace was missing—she thought the girl to whom she's secretly written for years was imaginary. Read full book review >
IF ONLY by Becky Citra
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An engaging portrait of siblings caught in the blame game. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
In 1968, 15-year-old twins Pam and Danny have difficulty coping when both blame themselves after they're attacked on their way home from school. Read full book review >
MISSING by Becky Citra
Released: April 1, 2011

After several years of rootlessness following her mother's death, Thea and her Dad start to find a home for themselves when he takes a job renovating an old guest ranch in the Canadian Cariboo. Thea likes the ranch owner, who plans to breed Quarter horses, and she makes friends with a boy her age, Van, who lives across the lake. She's not sure what to do about Renegade, the neglected horse that came with the property—horses belong to the life she had when her mother was alive. When a guest shows up to stay at the ranch, Thea slowly starts to connect her to the mysterious death of a little girl that occurred over 50 years ago. Citra's writing is solid, and Thea is strong and appealing, but the story feels split. The mystery takes up most of the pages, but the horses seem to take up most of the emotion, and the two sides don't blend. Parts of the horse story don't make sense. Why would Renegade still be on property left empty for three years? Why do the adults, all professional horsemen, leave him entirely alone? Thea's Dad's character is inconsistently developed and muddled, and it's not clear why Thea is supposed to be angrier with her mother than with him. Even with all that, it's not bad overall, but still—better to tell only one story and do it well. (Mystery. 8-12)Read full book review >