Six books, published by Red Fox (Random House) 2010-2012. The Sweet Hearts series is perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson! Realistic stories about girls with real interests and friends and real-life situations, Sweet Hearts deals with familiar issues whilst offering a rose-tinted first romance alongside.
STAR CROSSED: Fliss is shy and nervous but comes alive on stage. Her mother, who has brought her up single-handedly, doesn’t think the stage is a stable career, but Fliss can’t help the way she feels. She’s over the moon to discover she’s landed the lead in Romeo and Juliet, but how can she manage her secret crush on Tom, who’s playing Romeo? Even worse, will the spiteful Samantha steal her part and her potential boyfriend away from her? Luckily for Fliss, she has good friends in Mari and Victoria, who’ll never let her down.
STRICTLY FRIENDS?: Megan is devastated at having to move house, 200 miles away from the only home she’s ever known. Plus, she’s also missing her best friend and dance partner Jake. She joins a local salsa class, which isn’t the standard she’s used to, but Megan unexpectedly makes some really good new friends, including the irrepressible Mari. A chance encounter with bad boy Danny sets her pulse racing – but will he sweep her off her feet or knock her confidence?
FORGET ME NOT: Kate is still grieving for her mother, who died three years ago. Living with her dad and her grandfather, she loves gardening and being outside, and is finally persauded by Megan to go for a summer job at the local garden centre. But Simon, another temporary member of staff, is less than friendly. Is he as stuck up as she thinks, or is he just shy? Or is he possibly hiding a terrible secret? Because when the garden centre is vandalised, not everything is as it seems…
ICE DREAMS: Tania is a top-quality young ice skater. But witnessing a bad fall has shaken her confidence. What if the same thing happens to her? Her coach, Brock, is worried – and so he makes Tania start skating with a partner to boost her confidence. Zac throws himself into everything, but Tania finds him alarming! Her boy-mad friend Libby thinks Zac’s gorgeous, but all Tania can think about is the danger she’s in. Can she get over her nerves to perform their routine? And will she allow the ice queen inside her to thaw a little…?
MODEL BEHAVIOUR (shortlisted for the Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year Award): Lola is a blonde bombshell and has two gorgeous sisters. Together, her family lives in a big footballers’-style mansion, with a gold bathroom and a swimming pool in the basement. But Lola is a bit disorganised and when she discovers she’s missed her chance to do work experience at a top fashion house, she’s gutted. Her school finds her a last-minute placement at the local animal sanctuary, along with her best friend Naiha. The girls are totally unimpressed by the shabby and freezing conditions. But Lola starts to realise that perhaps there’s more to life than nail varnish and spray tans – and then there’s Harry, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who can tame the wildest dog. When Naiha walks out in disgust, Lola has to make a decision about the sort of person she wants to be.
DEEP WATER: Pearl is beyond thrilled when she’s selected for the Olympic synchronised swimming team. But on that very day, her biggest supporter – her father – walks out on the family. Pearl can’t believe he’s let her down so badly, but her ambition and determination will see her through to the Olympics. Bailey, a young journalist, interviews her for a youth magazine, and suddenly there’s more to life than training and the pool. But is there really time for a boyfriend? Especially when Pearl’s mum starts seeing a new man, and Pearl really doesn’t like him…