Books by Karon Luddy

Bewilderment of  Boys by Karon Luddy
Released: April 24, 2014

"A charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults."
This sequel to Luddy's debut novel (Spelldown, 2008) continues the story of a young woman dealing with family, first love and the urge to escape her small South Carolina hometown in the early 1970s. Read full book review >
SPELLDOWN by Karon Luddy
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

An ambitious teen with a voluminous vocabulary beats the odds and spells her way to success. Thirteen-year-old Karlene Bridges lives in Red Clover, S.C. in 1968, where her "heart aches for some . . . freedom." Karlene would rather "be tumbling down Niagara Falls in a big, stinking barrel than stuck in Red Clover" for the rest of her life. She has big plans to win the Shirley County Spelling Bee, and her free-spirited eighth-grade Latin teacher, Mrs. Harrison, offers to coach her. Reinforced by Mrs. Harrison and her budding sweetheart, Billy Ray, Karlene sweeps the county and state spelling championships, earning a chance to complete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. But when her alcoholic father ends up in rehab, Karlene wonders if she has what it takes to be a real champion. Karlene's engaging personal journey from word whiz-kid to winning young woman is artfully glossed with the emerging feminism of the late 1960s. This first-rate spelldown will have readers spellbound. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >