SUMMER OF SALT
If you are a fan of Leno’s previous book, then you will love her latest coming-of-age story, a truly entertaining and magical read. Leno’s diverse cast of characters, particularly the protagonist, are all well crafted and the story is layered and interesting. The story centers on the dynamics of the protagonist’s relationship with her twin and her magically gifted friends. Readers will also see the protagonist coming into her powers and exploring her sexuality. There is a sense of female empowerment in the story, and some powerful societal truths are touched on as well. There is a bit of a Practical Magic feel here that fans of the movie will love.
Georgina Fernweh has still not come into her magical powers, and she’s starting to become worried that she never will. Her twin sister, Mary, has had her ability to defy gravity for a while now. As Georgina and Mary prepare to turn eighteen, they will both experience a summer — and a tragedy — that they will never forget. Georgina will also discover long-held family secrets and truths. And she may just finally discover her true magical ability. (HARPERTEEN, Jun., 272 pp., $17.99, 13 & Up)