Books by Beverly Patt
“More Than A Thief is a delightful addition to the Borden canon. An ideal introduction to the case for young adult readers, it gives us an unforgettable protagonist in 16-year-old Victoria Robbins who has a penchant for detecting other people’s secrets and must come to terms with her own.”
– Cara Robertson, author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden, and winner of the New England Society Book Award.
“A twist on the enduring real-life mystery surrounding suspected murderer Lizzie Borden…An engaging drama with an appealing protagonist.”
“Patt demonstrates a deft hand at blending fictional mystery around the true history of Lizzie Borden…A sure-footed page-turner that readers of historical mysteries will love.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
More Than a Thief
Sixteen-year-old socialite and kleptomaniac, Victoria Robbins, attempts to prove her friend, Lizzie Borden, innocent of a double murder, but ends up fearing her own thieving urges may turn murderous as well.
Best Friends Forever
German-American Louise Kessler, 14, starts a scrapbook when her best friend, Dottie Masuoka, leaves for the Japanese internment camps. Louise’s scrapbook includes items from her life “on the home front” as well as Dottie’s letters and drawings from the internment camp. Together, their intertwined stories tell of a friendship that even war cannot tear apart.
“This heartwarming tale of steadfast friendship makes a wonderful access point for learning more about World War II and Japanese internment.”
– School Library Journal *Starred Review*
“Issues such as what does an American look like, racism, poverty, and more are encountered by these two best friends feeling their way through a complicated time.”
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
“The faux-diary format is sure to appeal.”
Fourteen-year-old Latonya Dennison needs a home and, as luck would have it, Rudy Morris’s home is available. However, because Latonya is black and Rudy’s family is white, the foster care system is unwilling to make the placement. When Latonya, Rudy and Rudy’s goofball friend, Stark, take matters into their own hands, each discovers a unique definition of family, as well as a few surprises along the road.
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