Burgess, Melvin. Smack. Harper Teen, 1999. ISBN 978-0380732234 293 pp. $
Smack is a gritty novel about the agony and ecstasy of heroin addiction. Two British teens run away because they feel cramped by their parents and live a life on the streets. Becoming squatters, they must resort to a life of crime to support their new habit. A tragic and realistic story, told in many different voices. Pair with The White Horse by Cynthia D. Grant and Beauty Queen by Linda Glovach by for a great book discussion.
Kurland, Lynn. Stardust of Yesterday (dePiaget Family #9). Berkley, 2001. ISBN 978-0425182383 368 pp. $8.99
Kurland takes the universal dream of the white knight and makes it happen for her characters. Genevieve inherits a castle and is haunted by a handsome ghost who tries to scare her into leaving and giving up her inheritance. Somewhere along the way, they fall in love. Can a human/spirit relationship work?
Wonderfully detailed writing shows a love for the period as well as talent for telling a good romance.