Middle Grade Literature
Carol Lynch Williams
In the past three years, Carol Lynch Williams published four
middle-grade books--three in the national market and one for Mormon
readers. Her humor, storytelling ability, facility with language, and
courage to consider difficult issues place her at the top of her
Her protagonists are generally young women who face a web of serious
challenges. Through the course of her experiences the protagonist
discovers the power to resist the trouble confronting her.
Christmas in Heaven explores the tension between family and
friends as the protagonist's brother is drawn away from himself by an
emotionally disturbed girl. Carolina Autumn shows a young woman
facing adolescence after losing her father and sister through death
and her mother through emotional isolation.
My Angelica, lighter than most of her books, has a male
protagonist and deals with the issues of first love and distorted
self-concept. Tish, shows a pioneer girl struggling with her
grandparent's anger about Mormonism.
Her books embrace the values of the best Mormon literature--respecting
each person as a child of God, building solid relationships with
friends and family, and progressing toward maturity.