Books by Sheila Hayes

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

If there's anything worse than having a middle-aged flower child as a mother, Holly Gerard can't imagine what it could be. Paisley, as her mother has called herself since the 1960s, supports the two of them by selling antiques (read junk) out of their modest Vermont home. Holly will have none of it, longs to be ``normal,'' and molds herself in that image when glamorous teen actress Maddy Gordon moves to town and makes friendly overtures. Holly hides her humiliating home life so their fragile friendship won't shatter, even while she suspects that certain aspects of Maddy's world just don't add up. Another girl moves inCamillawith troubles that put Holly's in perspective; she starts Holly on the road to acceptance of her mother and herself as well. Hayes (Zoe's Gift, 1994, etc.) has penned a positive tale about peer pressure, coming of age, and real values in a small town. Paisley and Camilla, two delightful characters, are icing on the cake. (Fiction. 10-14) Read full book review >
ZOE'S GIFT by Sheila Hayes
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Cory's archaeologist parents decide to leave her with their mentor's granddaughter in England while the three adults go off on a dig. At first Cory is convinced that her parents expect her to pick up some good habits from Zoe, who is reputed to be ``gifted.'' In the event, it emerges that Zoe's ``giftedness'' manifests itself as extrasensory powers. She is receiving messages from the past, doesn't know what to make of them, and is afraid that she is going mad. The woman who has been hired to look after the 11-year-olds while the archaeologists are away helps the girls understand that Zoe has ``the sight.'' Then they scramble to uncover the mystery that the messages point to before Cory must return to New York. Naturally, there is a past injustice that needs to be righted. The landlord who's unfairly collecting rent turns out to be Zoe's grandmother, who must confront her own long-suppressed second-sightedness and turn the inn over to the descendants of Zoe's ghostly informants. Though not particularly well-constructed, and certainly predictable, this may appeal to fans of the genre. (Fiction. 10-12) Read full book review >