Books by Lisa Papademetriou

THE DREAMWAY by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"An unsettling, engaging dream-world adventure. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
When pragmatic Stella's imaginative twin brother, Cole, loses his spirit in the dream world, she must rescue him before he is consumed by shadow creatures who thrive on the creative brightness of human beings. Read full book review >
APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-grader Callie is a VERY DEEP philosopher, intent on designing her own positive slogan for mugs and T-shirts. Read full book review >
A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Readers will respond to this tale of enduring love and nascent self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Two contemporary girls become linked by a bizarre story from the past, magically emerging from an old book. Read full book review >
FURY'S FIRE by Lisa Papademetriou
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Less grounded than the previous volume, which is perhaps fitting for a heroine who loses and must regain her sense of self. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Will and Gretchen may have narrowly avoided being killed by Sirens, but they're not in safe waters yet in this lyrical, eerie fantasy. Read full book review >
SIREN'S STORM by Lisa Papademetriou
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

A dreamy, hair-raising mystery in a Long Island fishing village-cum-upscale resort evokes the traditional horrors of coastal communities. Read full book review >
DROP by Lisa Papademetriou
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

Three Las Vegas teens gamble on their reputations and relationships in a labored caper. Beautiful, popular Kat is filled with angst over whether to testify at her abusive mother's upcoming parole hearing. Sanjay steals money from his father's store to make good on his poker debts. Jerrica is a math genius who sometimes has synesthetic experiences related to numbers. When Sanjay gets into more financial trouble than he can handle, he enlists Jerrica and her seemingly psychic abilities to help him win back the money he owes. When their plan doesn't work, Sanjay asks his girlfriend Kat to help. Kat's ex-boyfriend Mike has just asked her to protect a box of money, but she knows that Mike's illegal dealings could have harmful consequences if she helps Sanjay. Despite the high stakes, this book lacks excitement, instead resorting to the copious use of adjectives in an attempt to create drama and surrealism. The teens and their ever-so-wise yet clueless parents are flat and unsympathetic, and even when the characters are in physical danger there is little doubt that everything will wrap up in the end. This might be popular in casino towns, but don't bet on it. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
CHASING NORMAL by Lisa Papademetriou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2008

Papademetriou hits all the big issues in a typical tween girl's life: concerns about weight and appearance, family relationships good and bad, changing friendships, religion, money (and the lack of same), a summer crush and even the extreme embarrassment of one's first period occurring in a very public setting. Mieka, 12, bears up well but remains believably conflicted as she copes with all of these during a three-week visit to Houston to visit her seriously ill grandmother and apparently perfect uncle, aunt and cousins. That her grandmother is downright unpleasant and remains so throughout is just one indication of the emotional truth and complexity underlying the text. As Mieka discovers her artistic talent, learns about religion at the camp her father once attended and gets to know her cousin Greta, she develops the confidence to assert her own values. Readers may not actively notice Papademetriou's skill and sensitivity in keeping the plot moving, the characters real and the message muted, but they will definitely appreciate it. Realistic and upbeat. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

The Queen of Twilight, a nonexistent but in many ways familiar epic, is never the same after two teenagers squabbling over a copy fall into its pages. Bubble-headed teen-queen Heather Simms and class-brain Veronica Lopez find themselves reluctant allies as they're pitched into a desperate struggle against said Queen, who's out to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Veronica has already read the tale many times, but her calculations are thrown way off kilter almost immediately, as the newcomers manage to kill off the original protagonist, Princess Arabelle, and Heather is forced to assume the role. Aided by a wise old wizard (naturally), a stocky "Kiblar" elf with a pack full of delicious cookies, a libidinous talking squirrel and others, the pair traverse the Caves of Terror, the Lake of Woe and like locales on the way to various nail-chipping adventures—encountering along the way a wide array of foes, some gnarly, others totally hot. In the end the day is (literally) saved, Heather turns out to be brighter than she initially seems and the two part friends. Solidly entertaining, the outing is laced with teenspeak and common fantasy tropes but not played entirely for cheap laughs. (Fantasy. 11-13) Read full book review >
M OR F? by Lisa Papademetriou
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Two teens entering high school become best friends, "brain twins," in fact. Frannie, a straight girl, seeks her first boyfriend and Marcus, her gay friend, seeks the same. When Frannie falls for handsome Jeffrey, Marcus helps her contact him on the Internet and coaches her in the budding romance, all the while falling for Jeffrey himself. Unknown to Frannie, Marcus begins having Internet conversations with Jeffrey while posing as Frannie. The resulting misunderstandings provide the basis for comedy directed at younger teens. The authors write in a completely gay-friendly vein, promoting tolerance among their readers. They tell the story in first person throughout, in alternating chapters. It's an emotionally sensitive light comedy, which will appeal most directly to those absorbed with beginning romantic relationships. Although it may be too lengthy for readers who fall outside that category, it should appeal successfully to its target audience. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

The latest in "slang fiction"—novels that use slang words and their definitions to carry the story along—this narration follows Allie through her sixth-grade year. She's counting on her best friend, stylish Tamara, to help her survive the transition from elementary school and avoid becoming a "nork," a state beyond dorkdom. So why is Tam trying out for cheerleading with Renee, instead of soccer with Allie? Torn between liking and not caring for her best friend—all in the same moment—Allie begins to find parallels between her divorced parents' relationship and her dissolving friendship with Tam. With a persistent coach who pushes Allie beyond her comfort level, the girl also discovers self-confidence, independence and new teammates—both on and off the field. Although not as poignant as Lynne Rae Perkins's All Alone in the Universe (1999), Papademetriou's clever, popular format and ability to understand the emotional roller coaster called middle school will appeal to tween girls. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >