Johnson's newest novel has a wholesomeness to it that is refreshing. Although not a page-turner, the book does have original characters and subtle connections to Gone With the Wind.
Scarlett Martin thinks she's in for the most boring summer of her life. Her friends are away, her family's hotel is on the verge of going out of business and she has to work there. Enter stage right, an eccentric new guest who is about to turn Scarlett's summer-- and the entire Martin family--upside down. But sometimes upside down is exactly what a hopeless summer needs. (Point, May, 368 pp.,$16.99, ISBN: 9780439899277, 12 and Up, HC)