Canadian author, R. Jetleb, tantalizes the reading buds of young readers with her “What About” and “Mall Girl” series of books for youth and teens. Jetleb takes the reader into the worlds of foster care and adoption. She also deals with other issues, such as asthma and hearing impairments – plus so much more!

What Readers Are Saying about the "What About" and "Mall Girl" Series of Youth & YA Novels

Hailey

5 stars Great story from the perspective of a child in foster care on the path to adoption. It tackles the emotions related to a child’s need to fit in with other children at school; how she feels the need to ‘parent’ her younger brother; as well as how certain situations trigger her fear and grief emotions. I read it as an adult looking for insight into the mind of a child…and it was so good that I will plan to read it with my future foster/adoptive child.

 

I am 11 years old and I just finished reading “What About Hailey.” I enjoyed the book very much, and there was nothing I did not like about it. I liked that it was very detailed and very well written. Dylan was a very active kid and made the story interesting. Hailey, the main character, is a bit like me (I have trouble controlling my temper, too, sometimes.) I would give “What about Hailey” five stars!

Mall Girl

4 stars A remarkable story of a lost girl … I love everything about the book. From the moment I opened the book til the end, I truly felt like I was living Andi’s life and feeling all of the things that Andi went through. A great read

5 stars A great book! Could not put it down. One really feels for Andi and hopes that things turn out for the best for her.

Dylan

5 stars Fantastic read! A great follow up to R. Jetleb’s earlier book, “What about Hailey?” This time round readers are treated to an adventure through the eyes of Hailey’s younger brother, Dylan. Loved catching up with this family!

 

What About Dylan? The new novel in R. Jetleb’s series is a great follow up to What About Hailey? Three years later, settled into their new home Dylan and Hailey’s adoptive parents adopt another little boy, making Dylan the “middle child.” Dylan begins to feel left out and sets about to “get noticed.” A great adventure story for young boys (and girls) from ages 8-13. I highly recommend this book!

Fine

5 stars Brilliant book! Another fantastic book by R. Jetleb! I love the way she really makes you feel strong empathy for her characters.

 

The second in the Mall Girl series … I loved this book. It follows the story of Allison, a character I met in The Girl in the Mall. Allison doesn’t speak anymore and I enjoyed reading her story about why she no longer speaks. The author writes engaging, believable characters that stay with you long after you close the book.

Lucas

Five Stars

What About Lucas? is a great addition to the “What About” series. Once again, we are taken into the world of the Marcotte family and the children they have opened their home to. Lucas is a delightful little boy who doesn’t want to move from the comfort of his home in Toronto. He struggles with a hearing impairment and to move to a new city will bring a lot of changes to his life. Lucas discovers that with a loving family to support him, he is able to conquer anything! A story that will delight children and adults alike… Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour

About R. Jetleb

Regina was born in Cologne, Germany, and came to Canada when she was 18 months old. She lived in Toronto before moving to Brantford in 2013 with her husband and two children.

Regina has a degree in psychology from York University in Toronto, as well as an Early Childhood Education diploma from Humber College in Toronto.

Regina has always enjoyed working with children, and it has been a huge part of her life. She babysat as a young teen, was a live-in nanny, and has volunteered as a leader for both Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. She worked in a Scarborough daycare before having her son and then was self-employed with Wee Watch Home Daycare for thirteen years. She currently works in a daycare and preschool in Paris, ON with three- and four-year-olds.

Regina enjoys reading, and began writing stories when she was seven or eight-years-old. Her writing faded into the background after high school, and it wasn’t until after her son was born that she picked up the pen again to write fiction for pleasure. After stumbling onto a correspondence course on writing for children and teenagers, What about Hailey? was born.

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But What About Hailey? was tucked into a drawer, not to see the light of day for fifteen years. Regina discovered Cavern of Dreams Publishing through Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour’s vampire series, and has since published four YA novels, What About Hailey?, The Girl in the Mall, What About Dylan?, and f-I-N-E is a Four Letter Word with the company.

Regina continues to enjoy her relationship with the team at Cavern of Dreams, and her new path in life of realizing her dream of being a published author. She is learning everything she can about writing, and the editing and publishing processes. She looks forward to continuing to hone her craft as a writer with the guidance and expertise of the Cavern of Dreams Publishing team.

What About Hailey?

by Canadian author, R. Jetleb

Hailey Williams is looking for a forever family for herself and her 6-year-old brother Dylan. It’s been three years since their parents were killed in a freak car accident; three years of foster homes and broken promises. Hailey has just about given up hope—she’s sure with her and Dylan’s health issues no one will ever want to adopt them.

The Marcottes are looking for their forever family too – and they want Hailey and Dylan to be it. Dylan settles into the new family unit quickly and comfortably, but Hailey is struggling—she doesn’t know if she can trust the Marcottes—the adoption is so far away, anything could go wrong—and what if they forget about their real parents? Hailey can see how much the Marcottes care for Dylan, but what about Hailey?

What About Dylan?

by Canadian author, R. Jetleb

THREE YEARS AFTER What About Hailey?…

Dylan Williams-Marcotte is now 9 years old. With his dad busy with his writing and his mom working at the hospital, and both with their hands full looking after Dylan’s new little brother, 3-year-old Lucas, Dylan feels like he’s invisible—even 14-year-old Hailey doesn’t have time for him anymore!

When vandalism closes the park and his parents whisper about neighbours’ houses being broken into, Dylan thinks he’s found the perfect way to get his family to notice him again AND realize he’s not the little 6-year-old he used to be. With the help of his best friend Ethan, Dylan is determined to uncover who the criminals are and bring them to justice. But no matter what Dylan does, his family doesn’t seem to notice. He knows they’re busy, but what about Dylan?

What About Lucas

by Canadian author, R. Jetleb

Seven-year-old Lucas Andrews-Marcotte is not happy. His family is moving from their home in Toronto to the small city of Brantford to be closer to his dad’s book publisher. Lucas thinks it’s a Very Bad idea, but his brother and sister, Dylan and Hailey, are excited. No one is listening to Lucas!

Things do look brighter, though, when they arrive in Brantford. The new house is bigger than their old house and it has a pool and space in the yard for a trampoline. But it is still a lot of change for Lucas.

When the family goes to Lion’s Park on Canada Day for the city’s celebrations, no one has time for Lucas: his dad is working his book table, Hailey is with her friend, Dylan is distracted by a girl, and his mom and aunt seem to care more about the vendors than about taking him on rides!

Lucas is tired of not being heard, so is going to do what he wants to do! What could go wrong?

The Girl in the Mall

by Canadian author, R. Jetleb

Life hasn’t been easy for fifteen-year-old Andi. When tragedy strikes, Andi runs away, and the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto seems a good place to call ‘home.’ But after a few short weeks, Andi realizes life in the mall isn’t all she thought it would be.

Fifteen-year-old Noah is shocked when he sees a girl in the mall’s food court taking food from other people’s trays. Determined to help, he befriends Andi, who, in exchange, makes him promise to keep her secret.

As Andi’s situation becomes dire, both Andi and Noah know she can’t keep living like this. Can Noah convince Andi to finally get help? And, can Andi convince herself that she not only needs help, but deserves it as well?

F-I-N-E- is a FOUR-LETTER WORD

by Canadian Author, R. Jetleb

 

Tragedy lands 14-year-old Allison in the foster care system, bouncing from home to home, trying to find a family that fits. Despite constantly changing homes and social workers, Allison is just FINE; everything is FINE.

Life improves when Allison moves in with the Rosenbergs; 16-years-old now, she’s making friends and has a boyfriend, Anthony, whom she loves. Despite the Rosenbergs tough rules, Allison dares to be happy, dreaming of building her own family with Anthony after high school and finally having what she longs for. Life is honestly, actually FINE.

But a set of tragedies destroy Allison’s dreams and leaves her angry and broken on the streets of Toronto, running from foster care and running from her feelings. Lonely and hurting, she befriends a young runaway, attempting to rebuild her broken dream of having a family of her own, only to have it shatter and leave her alone on the streets again. Nothing is FINE, and it never will be again. Or will it?

After a terrifying encounter, Allison meets foster mother, Laura Winters, dedicated to helping troubled teen girls, just like Allison. Allison has never been with anyone like the Winters but is sure it can’t last—sooner or later, they’ll get rid of her, too. As months pass and Allison is still with them, a glimmer of hope appears; F-I-N-E has become a four-letter word, but maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be anymore.