Nicole O’Dell’s latest book for teens is The Wishing Pearl. The Wishing Pearl is part of a series called the Diamond Estates. Diamond Estates is about three girls are on a journey to find hope and healing. Each coming to Diamond Estates seeking solace… Each with her own unique set of struggles… And each capturing hearts and challenging the faith of teen girls.

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield dreams of a land far, far away…
A land far away from her stepfather’s abuse and torment.
A land far away from her mother’s blind eye.
A land far away from the haunting memories of her past.

But then reality sets in, and Olivia knows she must make the best of her dire situation—at least until her high-school graduation. But when poor choices lead Olivia to the brink of a complete breakdown and she finds herself dealing with the unexpected death of her best friend, she comes to a crossroads.

Will Olivia find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for? Or will the demons from her past prove too much to bear?

This book is different from her Scenarios series as there are not two separate endings.  What I do love about this book is there are discussion questions for each chapter. I think this is a great tool for parents and their teens. Both can read and discuss the book together. Or you teen can start a book club and discuss this book with friends. If you have a tween or teen girl I really recommend picking up any (or all) or Nicole’s books for her.

You can buy The Wishing Pearl at

About Nicole: She writes. She talks. She reads. She speaks. Nicole O’Dell is a mom of six–including a set of toddler triplets! She is the author of a bunch of YA books, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the Diamond Estates Series. Non-fiction for teens includes Girl Talk, 2/1/12, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular blog column by the same name. O’Dell’s desire to bridge the gap between parents and teens is evident in her adult non-fiction like the upcoming Hot Buttons series, 5/1/12.