Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith’s books are nearly as varied as her other professions, which include working for Disney, Bongo Comics (where she writes about enthusiastic reader Lisa Simpson), and in a monster factory that makes monsters, aliens and dead people for movies and TV. Maryelizabeth is a huge fan of her extreme climate speculative fiction tale, Orleans, as well as her new Southern California noir novel, Pasadena (see review on Page 2). Last fall’s The Toymaker’s Apprentice retold The Nutcracker for middle grade readers as a complex tale of family devotion, revenge, and warfare.
Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses.
When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay.
Now everyone is a suspect family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.
In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's"Pasadena"is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses.
Journeyman toymaker Stefan Drosselmeyer is recruited by his mysterious cousin, Christian, to find a mythical nut that will save Boldavia's princess and his own kidnapped father from a fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, who have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family.
First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other s last hope for survival.