Books by Lindsey Leavitt

IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not much happens, but it's all fun and readily recognizable middle school stuff. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best friends Piper and Olivia are back for a second outing in The Pages Between Us series. Read full book review >
THE BIG MOVE by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"A frisky adventure not at all weighed down by the timely doses of local history folded in. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An all-too-close encounter with the new president's children and their "c-a-t" nearly spells disaster for two White House mice in this history-laced series opener. Read full book review >
THE PAGES BETWEEN US by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Leavitt and Mellom's humorous and perceptive tale deftly explores the quandary of how to sustain a cherished friendship while nurturing individual growth. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Sixth-grade friends chronicle their transition to middle school in a shared journal. Read full book review >
THE CHAPEL WARS by Lindsey Leavitt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 6, 2014

"Leavitt's latest doesn't rise above the pack. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen struggles with loss and love in Las Vegas. Read full book review >
GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"A funny and even thoughtful look at boyfriends, high school angst and the importance of finding oneself. (Fiction. 11-16)"
After discovering her boyfriend has a serious online relationship with another girl, Mallory very publicly dumps him on his social media site. Read full book review >
THE ROYAL TREATMENT by Lindsey Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

This breezy sequel to Princess for Hire (2010) continues a middle-school girl's dream come true: She's magically transformed into various princesses and lives their lives for them while the real princesses take a vacation. Thirteen-year-old Desi wants to keep that glamorous and well-paying job, but she finds dealing with her magical employers almost as difficult as the work. She realizes that she herself has some magical ability and that it isn't all supplied by the agency. She also hopes to meet wonderful Prince Karl again, although she knows the agency can fire her if she becomes personally involved with a royal. Meanwhile, Desi has been cast as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream in the joint middle-/high-school play, and she's learning that she has real talent. She'll need it on her next major assignment, when her princess becomes involved a major, highly publicized scandal, then refuses to return to her real life. Will Desi be stranded impersonating a rich and glamorous celebrity for the rest of her life? And what about that adorable Prince Karl? Leavitt keeps the story dancing along with breathless, wish-fulfillment glee. Desi's character stands out with her unsinkable confidence, but adult characters often act more like middle schoolers than the kids do. It's a lively if lightweight romp that will please many young girls with glamorous dreams. (Fantasy.8-12)Read full book review >
SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD by Lindsey Leavitt
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

Payton Gritas' world is turned upside down when she discovers her father has multiple sclerosis and that her parents and older brothers have kept the news from her for six months. Devastated, Payton is referred to the school counselor, who, within seconds of meeting her, instructs Payton to select a subject to focus on, other than her father's illness, and record her observations in a journal. Neither the therapeutic relationship nor the assignment makes much sense, but they get the plot rolling. Payton's random choice of "focus object" is the head of Sean Griswold, the boy seated ahead of her in biology. Egged on by her best friend, Jac, Payton researches Sean, and her attention evolves into a mutual attraction. Payton is likable and the writing brisk and amusing, but this offering from the author of Princess for Hire (2010), encumbered by too-visible plot contrivances, fails to convince. Complex, significant issues are raised but then accorded frustratingly superficial treatment. Payton's life and affluent lifestyle are barely affected by her father's illness; the biggest impact is cancellation of a family spring-break getaway to Florida. While she learns a few lessons about denial and selfishness in the abstract, she's protected from having to put them in practice. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >