Of Two Minds

10 best books like Of Two Minds (Carol Matas): The China Garden, The Crown of Dalemark, Time Enough for Drums, Zel, Violet Eyes, Heart's Blood, Darkness Under the Water, Princess Nevermore, Flight of the Dragon Kyn, Alien Secrets

AuthorLiz Berry
When Clare moves with her mother from London to Ravensmere, an historic English estate, she can't shake the feeling that the residents already know her, especially Mark, a maddeningly attractive biker. Clare also feels compelled to take midnight walks in Ravensmere's abandoned China Garden. Then...
AuthorDiana Wynne Jones

This is a long ‘un, folks.

Let me begin this with a confession: I am rating this book more by nostalgia than truth. It’s a horrible choice, I know. It inflates the rating and gives first-time readers a false impression. But, frankly my dears, I don’t give a damn.

I read the Dalemark...
AuthorAnn Rinaldi
This was an excellent read.

Yes, I didn't 100%, completely approve of the romance here--but you know what? In the end, that hardly MATTERED. Because, as with all Ann Rinaldi books . . . this is about so much more than just romance. This is why she's my favorite historical fiction author. She takes...
AuthorDonna Jo Napoli
High in the mountains, Zel lives with her mother, who insists they have all they need -- for they have each other. Zel's life is peaceful and protected -- until a chance encounter changes everything. When she meets a beautiful young prince at the market one day, she is profoundly moved by new emotions....
AuthorNicole Luiken
I'm the Idea Girl, the one who can always think of something to do. Angel Eastland knows she's different. It's not just her violet eyes that set her apart. She's smarter than her classmates and more athletically gifted. Her only real competition is Michael Vallant, who also has violet eyes -- eyes that...
AuthorJane Yolen
Okay, I remember this plot even less than the first one! That's why I go back and reread childhood favorites, I guess ;) It's still quite good. The main character, Jakkin, grows up some, and much of the advice he gets on how to operate in the adult world resonates with me, so I feel I must have absorbed and adopted...
AuthorBeth Kanell
This gripping, ultimately hopeful tale of an Abenaki-French Canadian girl in 1920s Vermont explores a dark episode in New England history.

Just as the waters of a river roar through her town, Molly Ballou's life is riding on a swift current, where change comes faster than a spring flood. As...
AuthorDian Curtis Regan
Princess Quinnella is quite familiar with Mandrian truths. At 15, she's still allowed to come and go as she wishes in the kingdom of Mandria, visiting Melikar the wizard and playing at magic. But she knows that as soon as she turns 16, she will become a woman. A parade of suitors will court her until she chooses...
AuthorSusan Fletcher
This book depressed the hell out of me as a kid. I couldn't really enjoy it because I couldn't like the main character, Kara.

She's hired by a cruel king to use her ability to mentally summon birds in order to summon a dragon so he can kill it. I can't remember whether he forcibly summoned her, but...
AuthorAnnette Curtis Klause
Puck, expelled from boarding school on Earth, is on her way to stay with her parents on the planet Shoon. On board the spaceship she befriends Hush, a native Shoowa who is also returning home in shame. He is desperately seeking a stolen treasure that was entrusted to him, a symbol of freedom for his people.

AuthorKate Thompson
So funny how I got to reading this one! The kids & I went to the library to sign them up for the summer reading program & to check out some books for them. Asher went down the YA aisle & came back carrying this book, saying, "Book, Book." I informed him that he was not quite ready to be reading that...
AuthorVivian Vande Velde
Vande Velde expertly mixes horror and humor as well as the best and worst that human nature has to offer in this collection of short fiction, and she does it without relying on blood and guts.The best of these stories is the title piece. Bill has invited Denise to the school's end of the year dance, but decides...
AuthorRebecca Tingle
An adventure worthy of legend, for fans of Game of Thrones and Rangers Apprentice.

When fifteen-year-old Æthelflæd is suddenly and reluctantly betrothed to an ally of her father, the king, her world will never be the same. For as a noblewoman in the late 800s, she will be expected to be meek...
AuthorBruce Coville
The Box--an angel gave him a sealed box. How will it change his life?
Duffy's Jacket--a classic scary campfire tale with a twist for an ending.
Homeward Bound--fantasy about a boy who discovers why he's different.
With His Head Tucked Underneath His Arm--the dead do have their ways...
AuthorDavid Calder
This was a really good book and I enjoyed it quite a bit. While the english can be hard to understand in some parts of the book it had a story that really keep in into the story. If there is a second book I wanna read it soon. The reason I choose to read this book is becuase I saw it on the book shelf and I mistook it...
AuthorJohn Peel
Melayne and her young brother Sarrow are Talents, hunted by the King's relentless Seekers. If their Talent is discovered, they will be sent to their death. So they must hide...or die.
Melayne and Sarrow find refuge at Dragonhome, the mysterious estate of the shadowy Lord Sander. Lord Sander also...
AuthorJon Scieszka
The Time Warp Trio is staying home for once, and Joe's got a perfect way to keep The Book from getting lost. But when the guys find themselves stuck on top of the half-finished Brooklyn Bridge, they realize that Joe's foolproof Book Tracker wasn't so foolproof after all. Now the guys have to make their way...
AuthorMary Downing Hahn
I'm giving this five stars, not for how I might read it now, but for how I read it in sixth grade.

Spencer? SWOON. Like, five-stars swoonerific. Be still my eleven-year-old heart.

Seeing this book also makes me think I need to start laying off making fun of the Twilight tweens. As far as...
AuthorSusan Butler
In the tradition of Lois Lowry's The Giver, Susan Butler's futuristic first novel tells the triumphant story of Leora's refusal to conform to the rigid rules set forth by a tyrannical government.

Leora has a gift, and a secret. She can see things no one else can, but can only draw them with her...
AuthorT.A. Barron
To me the Merlin Effect was filled with a mixture of both beauty and intelligence and that is what was able to draw my attention. I think the connection I shared with this book is that it talks about a person who barely spends time with her father and is mad that he isn't bothered by that fact. In my own life I...
Tituba of Salem Village
AuthorAnn Petry
Tituba, the minister's slave, gazed into the stone watering trough. She did not see her own reflection. Instead, she saw a vision of herself, surrounded by angry people. The people were staring at her. Their faces showed fear. That was several years ago. It is now 1692, and there is strange talk in Salem...
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