Although I am a native Southerner from Texas, I am often reluctant to read any books (fiction or non-fiction), that have to do with the South. From the Civil War to the days of the Cowboys, I usually avoid topics that have to do with Southern history and its inhabitants. However, I have discovered one YA author who has changed my interest in reading about the South–Rosemary Clement-Moore. I have so far read two of her novels, The Splendor Falls as well as Highway to Hell (third book in the Maggie Quinn vs. Evil) that have to do with the South and am halfway through Texas Gothic (and enjoying it very much!). I loved them. I just couldn’t get enough of them. Not only is the setting so richly described (from the geographical details of Alabama to the intense heat of South Texas), but the stories were so well researched and so steeped in history and local legend and lore. From the Chupacabra (a legend I personally grew up with) to the cruel-eyed ghosts of Civil War generals past, there is not one aspect of Clement-Moore’s stories that I didn’t enjoy and that also didn’t teach me something about Southern history. For fun, well-written, and thoroughly researched YA reads about the South as well as some hauntingly spooky fun, I doubly recommend Rosemary Clement-Moore!