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V.B. Rosendahl's Juvenile Novel--Fantastic Read!

V.B. Rosendahl's new novel 'Bitter Tastes', Tween Mystery (ages about 8-14), available on

As I wrote in my summary, this book I picked up because I'd read such a fine piece of fiction from this new press. I bought it for my neices, twins and thought I'd read it first. I wasn't intending to review it but I was really excited by finding such a fine piece of fiction and that in a nutshell explains how this book ended up being reviewed by me. If I find a good book, I want to tell people about it so onto the book.

First of all, the cover art is just amazing. It looks good on but in person when you see it up close it is a dark black cover with a cartoony looking front. Two girls stand in the middle of a trailer that is a complete dump. The edges of the black are illuminated with yellow.

The book starts with Kathy who has showed up in a new town in New Jersey. It's very different and at first, she is lonely and she's met only one key person in the summer. Janine is a restauranteur who has opened up a class for Kooking With Kids. Her newly minted rich parents sign her up right away. Janine ends up dead. The murder scene is not in the book, so that's a good thing for kids.

Kathy is distraught. She can't believe it and everyone keeps telling her these things happen in adultese. Well, in the end she links up with her new friend Martha and they set out to solve this mystery.

The adults dismiss them, ignore them or tell them to leave it to the adults.

Some of the suspects are downright scary. One of the things they all have in common is that all three wear the ugliest glasses on the planet. These are the kinds of glasses you pick up to read closely at dollar stores.

Martha and Kathy work hard to discover the murderer on bike. It reminds me of some of the older mysteries for kids that I would have read while growing up. Think the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Both girls are twelve.

What amazes me about this book is how the two girls have their deep characterization done. Kathy has a secret. It's a disability. Martha's parents are broke and this causes her a loss in self-esteem here and there. Both are united to find a murderer but it doesn't mean they always get along. At twelve, they both are totally believable.

Join these two on this great mystery. Buy the book for your child and read it yourself.

I really enjoyed this book as did my nieces in the end.

This book received a solid 5. No question.

This book is available on and a few other websites.

Veronica Grant House is a veteran reviewer and has done countless reviews for her local paper. So far she has rated Kate Rizor's novel 'The Governor's Wife' as a total 5 and same with Carly Philips' new book 'Brazen'.

Expect more reviews from this reviewer. If you want your new book reviewed by Veronica, email and find out how to submit. She doesn't read Science Fiction or Horror.

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