Books by Melissa Glenn Haber

DEAR ANJALI by Melissa Glenn Haber
Released: July 6, 2010

Grief, bullying and friendships are the focus of this layered, complex tale from Haber. When her best friend Anjali dies as a result of a stunningly brief illness, Meredith is set adrift. The ensuing tale unfolds in the first person, interspersed by letters Meredith writes to Anjali; poignantly, she leaves typed missives around her room for Anjali to "read" because "…it wasn't like she left a forwarding address." When her secret crush, Noah, joins Meredith in grieving for Anjali, a tentative bond is formed. However, a less appealing aspect of the girls' friendship is uncovered when the truth of Noah's relationship with Anjali and her traitorous friendship with Meredith's arch-nemesis Wendy is revealed. With a perspicacity beyond her years, Meredith comes to terms with Anjali's transgressions in a way that honors the finer points of their relationship but no longer leaves Meredith feeling diminished. This empowering tale is a great read for readers navigating the precarious waters of adolescent friendships. (Fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
HERCULES AMSTERDAM by Melissa Glenn Haber
Released: June 1, 2003

Haber turns Stuart Little inside out for an inventive, tongue-in-cheek children's debut. Ten years old and three inches high, Hercules escapes cats and other dangers, real or imagined, by going through a mouse hole, and discovers beneath his apartment floor an entire tiny town, lit by magically glowing cheese and populated by peaceful, generous, live-for-the-moment mice. Ever studious (" . . . he wanted to be safe at home, curled up on the pages of a good book"), Hercules soon learns from the town chronicles that the mice are massacred at regular intervals by savage rats; searching for a way to break this ugly cycle without causing more killing takes him from the dusty ruins of former mouse towns to the hidden realm of small but powerful sorceresses. With help from mouse and human allies, he holds off the unspeakably brutal rats long enough for the mice to escape, then returns, now magically full-sized, to his own world. A quirky but engaging disquisition on number systems (most mice can't count past three) closes this witty, well-told beneath-the-floorboards adventure. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >