Books by Danette Haworth

A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY by Danette Haworth
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Realistic, modern and still familiar, this is a middle school story both children and their parents should read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Winning the lottery does not turn out as sixth-grader Hailee Richardson had imagined. Read full book review >
ME & JACK by Danette Haworth
Released: June 21, 2011

"In all, it's an entertaining boy-and-dog adventure set against a not-often-depicted era of political strife that's notably similar to the present. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Joshua, 11 or 12, knows all the hidden rules for making new friends, because his father is a frequently transferred Air Force recruiter. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

Haworth takes the legend of the Selkie and gives it a modern-day twist. Twelve-year-old Allie Jo lives in Florida at her parents' famous antebellum hotel, The Meriwether. Her plans for a quiet summer are thwarted after she catches 13-year-old Chase, a guest at the hotel, skateboarding on the hotel's historic wooden floors. Despite this inauspicious beginning, the two fall into an easy friendship, with Allie Jo showing Chase the town's attractions and the charms of the hotel. When Allie Jo and Chase meet a mysterious girl, Tara, who claims she is a Selkie on the run from the man who stole her sealskin, the two friends rise to the challenge and help Tara get her skin back. The author sets a quick pace in short chapters alternating among Allie Jo, Chase and Tara. The two kids take turns narrating in a colloquial present tense, while the author maintains a magical frisson by presenting Tara's chapters in a stately, third-person voice. Although predictable, the mix of fantasy and light mystery makes for an entertaining read. Fans of Liz Kessler's Emily Windsnap will enjoy this amusing tale. (Magical adventure. 8-12) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

A coming-of-age tale that is as full of sass as its uniquely named protagonist. At 11, Violet is caught betwixt and between childhood and adolescence. She remains very much a child, reveling in hollowed-out tree trunks and playing Barbies with her best friend's little sister. However, just like the ominous atmospheric changes occurring prior to turbulent weather, Violet's growing awareness of a developmental shift among her peers leaves her unsettled and unsure. Caught in this transformation is Violet's relationship with Lottie, which is complicated by the upheaval caused by newcomer Melissa, who has one foot firmly planted in adolescence. Rumblings of romantic changes in her friendship with Eddie also add to Violet's confusion. Haworth deftly explores Violet's ambivalence toward growing up with an authenticity that will resonate with readers, who will appreciate her competent management of such crucial tween issues as best friends, fidelity and impending maturity. Violet is a worthy ally for readers navigating their own stormy evolution. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >