Books by Melissa Walker

WHY CAN'T I BE YOU by Melissa Walker
Released: June 19, 2018

"A fully wrapped-up, happy ending concludes both summer and book without compromising its emotional honesty. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Everything feels different the summer Claire and her friends turn 12. Read full book review >
LET'S PRETEND WE NEVER MET by Melissa Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"This honest, pleasant ode to true friendships draws readers in and offers gentle, kid-friendly guidance to maintaining relationships that matter. (Fiction. 9-12)"
You make a quirky new friend whom other kids shun. How to manage this friendship and still fit in at school? Read full book review >
DUST TO DUST by Melissa Walker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"Paranormal romance done well, with a warning: When it comes to incantations, always read the fine print. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
Second in a two-book series—but nicely readable as a stand-alone—after Ashes to Ashes (2013), this continues the dual-world adventures of teen Callie. Read full book review >
ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 23, 2013

"An appealing and sometimes-poignant blend of savvy adolescents, young romance and paranormal evil suggests there's no escaping teen drama—even in the afterlife. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Walker's imaginative first installment of a two-part afterlife drama about what comes next. Read full book review >
UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker
Released: May 22, 2012

"A quietly absorbing journey. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Clementine Williams, 16, heartbroken and guilt-ridden, could use some personal space to figure things out, but confined with her family on a 42-foot sailboat for a summer-long trip down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers on the Great Loop route, privacy is in short supply. Read full book review >
SMALL TOWN SINNERS by Melissa Walker
FICTION
Released: July 19, 2011

"This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character's crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Lacey Anne Byer makes being a Preacher's Kid look easy: She's happy to honor her curfew, proud of her purity ring and keen to perform her heart out in the plum role of Abortion Girl at her evangelical church's annual Hell House. Read full book review >