Why Would I Lie?
An overachiever suspects her brilliant new classmate is a fraud.
Viveca North has worked hard—even obsessively—to earn her spot as valedictorian. But senior year, a new guy breezes into her class—Jamison is charismatic, handsome, and super smart. Rumors swirl about all his amazing accomplishments, like having his pilot’s license and posing as a cover model for Teen Vibe magazine. And everything seems to come so easily to him—unusually easily, Viveca thinks. As Jamison gets closer to unseating Viveca from the top spot, Viveca goes deeper down a rabbit hole of suspicion. She finds evidence and connections everywhere, even as she’s jeopardizing her own future and pushing away her only friend. But is Jamison lying, or is Viveca just seeing what she wants to?
"An excellent read for any teen who is trying to unlock the mysteries of jealousy and self-awareness and searching for joy."
– School Library Journal
"Viveca's fixation on her grades at the expense of genuine passion or intrinsic interest, all while pushing away friendships, delivers a nuanced depiction of burnout." –Kirkus
Hearts of Ice
Evangeline has been lonely her whole life, always moving from one boring suburban town to another. But on her twelfth birthday, she finds her room full of snow, with a message written in the frost on her mirror:
Evangeline learns that she has a twin sister. They were born in another world—a wintry land of music and ancient sorcery. Now, someone is calling to Evangeline across worlds, and will stop at nothing to lure her back into that magical realm where danger lurks.
"[T]he quick-paced story packs plenty of details and red herrings to keep middle-grade readers, particularly Frozen fans, guessing Evangeline’s outcome . . . This blend of princess power, traditional fantasy, and bountiful snow is a win-win(ter) mix."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Rule has created a rich, entertaining world full of whimsical characters and places that will thrill young readers. Evangeline is a brave, inspiring heroine whose dawning grasp of her own magical abilities proves just as invigorating for readers as for her . . . [A] perfect adventure for the elementary set. Recommended for purchase where fantasy and magical adventure tales are in demand."
– School Library Journal
"[A] beautifully written tale brimming with magic, adventure and friendship. I wanted to jump right into the pages and go adventuring with Evangeline and her ragtag band of heroes. Hand to fans of Frozen or Princess Academy by Shannon Hale."
– Erin E. Moulton, author of Flutter
The Hidden Twin
St Martin's Press
For eighteen years, Redwing has lived in hiding in a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of Mol, the great volcano. Her father hoped she would grow up to be a real human girl and not a wicked creature out of mythology, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
But when two priests track her down and attack, she calls forth fire to protect herself, and her secret is out. Redwing soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand-year-old grudge, a group of underground rebels, and the son of the Empress. And when Redwing’s sister goes missing, she uncovers a greater plot to awaken Mol and bring his lava down upon them all.
Now, Redwing must draw a line between myth and history -- and prove she is more than a monster -- if she is to save both her sister and her home.
"Rule uses sharp, lyrical prose to describe a culture with its own gods and monsters, mixing ancient worlds and new technology... a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes."
- Kirkus Reviews
Strange Sweet Song
St Martin's Press
Music flows in Sing Da Navelli's blood. When she enrolls at a prestigious conservatory, her first opera audition is for the role of her dreams. But this leading role is the last Sing's mother ever sang, before her controversial career, and her life, were cut tragically short.
As Sing struggles to escape her mother's shadow and prove her own worth, she is drawn to the conservatory's icy forest, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. She soon realizes there is more to her new school than the artistry and politics of classical music.
With the help of a dark-eyed apprentice who has secrets of his own, Sing must unravel the story of the conservatory's dark forest and the strange creature who lives there -- and find her own voice.
Winner, 2016 NH Literary Award for Outstanding YA Book
"A stunning debut, fresh, original, and utterly mesmerizing."
- Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series
"Like an enchanting melody, Strange Sweet Song slipped into my soul and colored my thoughts long after the final phrase."
- Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate
"Strange Sweet Song possesses a fairy tale quality that is irresistible . . . Be careful of looking up from the page, because the dark forest is all around, and creatures with frightening appetites and old associations are circling nearer. Adi Rule dazzles in her first novel. Read it and report back if you’re still breathing!"
- Joseph Monninger, author of Finding Somewhere and Wish
"Strange Sweet Song is as musical as its name. Lush, compelling, and atmospheric, it soars like the voice of a soprano."
- Sarah Beth Durst, author of Conjured and Vessel
"Boarding school drama and paranormal romance collide in this promising debut…Compelling."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Music buffs will relate to Sing’s passion and insecurities, and readers who enjoy a good melodrama will be captivated."
- Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
"Rule’s promising writing hits the right note. There’s an opening for a second book, and it has the potential to be as sweet and strange as the first."