The Girl Who Chased the Moon is by Sarah Addison Allen. Emily's mother has been killed and she must leave her private school and go to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with her grandfather. When she arrives she discovers that her mother has a mysterious history with the town's wealthiest family. She is befriended by her neighbor, the owner of one of the towns BBQ restaurants and a magical baker, named Julia. Julia also returned to Mullaby after the death of her father and she doesn't plan to stay. She is going to get the restaurant mortgage paid off and then leave. Julia must deal with her own past, even as Emily struggles to deal with her mother's. Fans of Allen will love this book. Bakers, and anyone with a sweet tooth, will love the cake recipes it contains. Allen's brand of Southern charm and magical realism are hard to resist.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (some mature thematic content).