(Just home from a mission for the LDS Church, Sid "Doc Hal...)
Just home from a mission for the LDS Church, Sid "Doc Halliday" Soloman thought it would be easy to take up his life where he'd left off--get back with the band, cut a record, maybe even go on tour. And after years of corresponding with Emily, he hoped to finally marry her. But the music that had once come so easily seemed to be dead, and Emily seemed to be so caught up in her own life that she was rushing out of his. All Sid feels is a grim hopelessness that doesn't fade even as he forces himself through the motions of living. His sister, his band members, his best friends all wish they could reach him, but ultimately Sidney has to find the music for himself.
(Drawn to the reclusive Smitty after moving to a new schoo...)
Drawn to the reclusive Smitty after moving to a new school, Ginny tries to understand his quiet pain and soon realizes that she has fallen in love with him, a situation that helps Smitty to emerge from his unhappy world. Reprint.
(Everybody has two eyes and a nose and a mouth. What makes...)
Everybody has two eyes and a nose and a mouth. What makes some people beautiful and some people not? Nikki never imagined that this offhand thought would change the course of her senior year forever. But when she poses the question to her best friends, Alicia and Sam, Alicia is suddenly inspired, and the three unexpectedly find themselves launching a "human experiment." It seems like the perfect way to make a difference in their last few weeks of high school: they will each pick a student who needs a little improving and take that person to the prom. Harmless, right? When Nikki, Alicia, and Sam quickly become entrenched in their projects, each has to face difficult realizations about the people they have chosen -- and themselves. Before long their own close friendship feels fragile. Will they make it to graduation without hurting one another -- or anybody else? Acclaimed author Kristen D. Randle has woven an intriguing, insightful, and suspenseful story about three friends who set out to transform others, with unforeseen consequences.
(This long awaited addition to the collected work of award...)
This long awaited addition to the collected work of award-winning author, Kristen D Randle, is characterized by the same robust, gritty writing and understanding of human nature that won her the California Young Readers’ medal and Michigan Library Association Best Book of the year. Her work has been praised for its depth of character, touch of mystery, passion, strong values and sense of humor. Her books have been recognized in the list of New York Public Libraries’ Prestigious Books for Young Adults, the Texas Lone Star reading list, the Nebraska Golden Sower and Corn Huskers’ lists, and have been among the nominees for the Dorothy Canfield Fischer Award of Vermont, the Utah Children’s Choice Award, the New Jersey Garden State Teen Book award, the Rebecca Caudill Award (Ill), the Volunteer State Award (Tenn) and the Iowa Teen Award, among many others—including the ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. These are books that become long-time favorites, read and re-read over the years. They grow with the reader. In THE GARDENER, Renny—satisfied with her not-spectacular-but-comfortable life—takes a stand against her parents’ sudden fit of wanderlust. She loses the battle and ends up having to make a new life for herself in what seems, at first, to be a quiet, charming New England seaside village. There’s the usual struggle to find her place among the quirky natives there, but just when life seems to make sense again, she begins to find shadows in the corners; questions come up that aren’t easily answered. When the mystery becomes personal and weirdly dangerous, Renny has to choose who to trust and how far. Kristen Randle has written a tight, exciting story that pits instinct against appearance, innocence against convention and presents a strong, determined heroine who does what it takes to find the truth.
(The Clan, as the clique is called, is a highly nontraditi...)
The Clan, as the clique is called, is a highly nontraditional gang. While they disavow participation in school, these enigmatic boys don't believe in drugs or violence, and are advocates of self-education--older members tutor younger apprentices in everything from car mechanics to Latin. But the comfort and acceptance of the Clan is no longer enough for Thomas, or "Baby," as he is known by his family. Baby wants to be more than just a mechanic like his domineering older brother, so he breaks rank from his peers and takes an aptitude test at school. Once the administrators are aware of Baby's intelligence, the principal pairs him with honor student Casey Willardson to help him catch up in the gifted program. As the two work together--dark, handsome rebel and beautiful, popular schoolgirl--the preconceptions and misunderstandings they have about each other are slowly stripped away. They quickly become close and learn to trust and even love each other. But Baby and Casey discover that even though they don't care about superficial differences, their friends do. Their relationship provokes a showdown between the Clan and the varsity football team that promises to end in disaster. In a tale reminiscent in many ways of The Outsiders, West Side Story, and, most obviously, Romeo and Juliet, Kristen D. Randle nevertheless gives new life to an old story line with her detailed description of the Clan's structure and how the group comes into conflict with the regimented social hierarchy of high school. Readers will appreciate the realism and intelligence of this novel, and may also learn a lesson in peer pressure and independent thinking. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
(When young Thomas falls afoul of his hot-tempered Lord, t...)
When young Thomas falls afoul of his hot-tempered Lord, the beautiful Lady Avvin seizes the opportunity to corral her minions and drag them off on a mad-cap escape. Flaunting tradition and probably good sense, she leads her motley crew off on a journey of mayhem and mystery—straight through to the very heart of magic. The adventure is nearly enough to break the sanity of poor practical-minded Giddy. But who can fight magic? Plenty of broad shoulders and broken hearted villains in this one—love gone awry, honor in peril. Will Avvin save Thomas? Can anyone? And will all end happily ever after? For certainly, in the end, Avvin gets more than she ever bargained for. Or does she? Written by Kristen D. Randle, author of The Only Alien on the Planet and other nationally acclaimed books, this is a wild, romantic tale, suitable for a May morning or a golden October afternoon.
(Okay, this is about me, Brandon, the kid who owned the wh...)
Okay, this is about me, Brandon, the kid who owned the whole entire world for at least two and a half hours. So listen—if anybody ever tries to tell you that you're just average? Do NOT listen to them. They have no idea whatsoever. If you read this, you should probably get some really long paper—like a roll of toilet paper or something—so you can take notes on the dumb junk that happens in here, so you won't do the same dumb junk if this ever happens to you. And don't think it won't. Just don't mess with magic, is all. Super big mistake. All this stuff was really scary when it happened to me. But when I read the way she told it in this book? It was pretty funny. What? You thought I was going to write down all this stuff myself? Note from grown-up: Nationally acclaimed author, Kristen D. Randle, whose work has been included in the list of ALA best books for reluctant readers, now brings us a middle grade novel about a less-than-perfect boy running a not-so-normal world.
Randle graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. She also attended additional study there in 1975-76.
Randle works as a freelance writer and as a teacher at Brigham Young University and at high schools in Utah. She also owns a music studio with her husband, where she works as a manager. During her career, she was a studio manager, bookkeeper, singer, genealogist, dental assistant, and photographer. She has also worked as a secretary and treasurer of Rosewood Recording Company and was a partner in Moonstone Media (music production company). Randle has also recorded several albums of children’s songs.
(This long awaited addition to the collected work of award...)2011
(Drawn to the reclusive Smitty after moving to a new schoo...)1995
(Just home from a mission for the LDS Church, Sid "Doc Hal...)1986
(When young Thomas falls afoul of his hot-tempered Lord, t...)2012
(A Mormon father helps his son accept the death of his gra...)1993
(Okay, this is about me, Brandon, the kid who owned the wh...)2012
(The Clan, as the clique is called, is a highly nontraditi...)2012
(Everybody has two eyes and a nose and a mouth. What makes...)2003
Randle has moderately conservative political views.
Randle married Guy Lawrence Randle on April 17, 1978. The couple has 4 children: Virginia, Cammon, Charlotte and Jackson.