Bonnie Shimko

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You knowThis quirky, appealing YA novel turns formulaic teen fiction on its head as funny, feisty fifteen year-old Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum (otherwise known as Maggie) suddenly faces more than the usual typical YA concerns: a voice in her head that is telling her to kill. Not just anyone-each time the target is a person who has done something terrible to someone Maggie cares for. You know what you have to do, the voice commands. Maggie struggles to resist, but the voice is relentless. With rising suspense, this story of psychological horror introduces a narrator whose own unique voice and irreverent humor are unforgettable-an unlikely hero fighting a desperate battle against incomprehensible evil.

  • “Dexter meets Judy Blume!”—Ellen Bass
  • “I’m still attempting to recover from the sock-in-the-stomach ending that I never saw coming.”—Lois Duncan
  • “I don’t often fall for a book—I mean really fall—on page one. But I fell. Fell hard. This is a thriller:fast-paced, bold and raw.”—Tim Wynne-Jones
  • “Frightening and poignant.”—Lesley Kagen




 The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

Kat's Promise"My mother tried to kill me before I was born. Even then I disappointed her." --Amelia E. Rye

Amelia Earhart Rye is dirt-poor and friendless, with a mama who has a mean streak as wide as the Atlantic Ocean. But when Fancy Nelson walks into Amelia's fourth-grade classroom, Amelia's whole life changes. Fancy is the first black kid Amelia has ever seen in person, and she seems to have endless stores of confidence and courage. With Fancy for a friend, anything is possible--as the two girls discover when they confront bullies and bigots and work together to uncover family secrets.   (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It was heartwarming and filled with the clarity of innocence - Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye was included in the American Library Association's "2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults."
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Received Honorable Mention in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards (2002)
Won a Lambda Literary Award (2003)