Books by Gail Giles

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles
Released: May 27, 2014

"A respectful and winningly told story about people too often relegated to the role of plot device—bravo. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two "Speddies"—special ed students—graduate high school and move in with a kind but sometimes misguided older woman. Read full book review >
NO RETURNS by Gail Giles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"The first movement in an ambitious song cycle of a tale which, despite a few sour notes, offers entertaining characters."
Giles (Dark Song, 2010) and Vanasse (Out of the Wilderness, 2013) team up for a paranormal novel, the first in a series featuring three teenage musicians in an unwitting Faustian bargain, a mysterious librarian and a supernatural James Cagney wannabe. Read full book review >
DARK SONG by Gail Giles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Stock characters and rushed plot fillers will not deter readers' hearts from thumping from the puzzling beginning to the fast-paced conclusion. (Thriller. YA)"
The queen of YA thrillers does it again with another gripping page-turner in which love and danger meet. Read full book review >
RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Gail Giles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. (Fiction. YA)"
When Kip was nine, he set Bobby Clarke on fire and then spent the next four years in a mental ward for dangerous juveniles. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? by Gail Giles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A damn scary read. (Fiction. YA)"
In this harrowing, brutal mystery, college student Kyle Kirby believes a snarky rejection letter written by popular Cass McBride may have driven his younger, love-thirsty nerd of a brother to hang himself. Read full book review >
PLAYING IN TRAFFIC by Gail Giles
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective. (Fiction. YA)"
An intelligent, mature, but repressed high-school senior puts himself into increasing danger through his romance with a disturbed girl in this realistic and hard-hitting story. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRLS DON’T WRITE LETTERS by Gail Giles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2003

"Another winner. (Fiction. 12+)"
A creepy psychological thriller offers a slick update to the parable of the returning prodigal. Read full book review >
SHATTERING GLASS by Gail Giles
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A sure-fire hit for book discussion groups, from a writer to watch. (Fiction. YA)"
A grimly comic debut novel revisits the dark hell of high-school cliques. Read full book review >
BREATH OF THE DRAGON by Gail Giles
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 14, 1997

 A young village girl in Thailand is introduced to early sorrows when her father is branded a thief and shot by police. Read full book review >