Waiting On Wednesday: Week 45

My pick this week is:

Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams

A dazzling debut that is both literary and accessible.

When sisters Sadie and Zuzu Brooks move to Salt Lake City, they discover a secret room in the attic of their new house, with a sign that reads “Palace Beautiful” and containing an old journal. Along with their neighbor, dramatic Belladonna Desolation (real name: Kristin Smith), they take turns reading the story of a girl named Helen living during the flu epidemic of 1918. The journal ends with a tragedy that has a scary parallel to Sadie and Zuzu’slives, and the girls become obsessed with finding out what happened to Helen after the journal ends. Did she survive the flu? Is she still alive somewhere? Or could her ghost be lurking in the nearby graveyard?

Sarah DeFord Williams has created a gripping read that covers two time periods, many fantastic characters, and a can’t-put-it-down.

Why I Want This:

Well, since, Sarah's a 10'er, duh. Seriously, though, this book sounds really cute even if it seems like it's geared to a younger audience.

Palace Beautiful will be released April 15, 2010.


  1. This does it look good. I hadn't heard of this before. Nice pick!

  2. I think I saw this book somewhere with another cover. I like this one better though.

  3. Thanks, Lauren! I'm one of the few MG tenners, so you are right, it is for a younger audience. I hope you love it and thanks for the mention!

    -Sarah DeFord Williams

  4. You've been tagged!

  5. Great Pick! I love to hear about new books! Thanks!


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