Christina Meldrum blends many literary allusions and floral references in her debut novel, Madapple. Hints of The Scarlett Letter and The Crucible combine with the historical uses of various plants to create an interwoven story of loss, isolation, and deception. Issues of religion, homeschooling, and self-image also play a part in the complexity of the novel. There is even some courtroom drama as the story is told in a flashback method using a cross-examination dialogue every other chapter.
Nominated for the Best Book for Young Adults (BBYA) list, the story of Aslaug is a riveting tale for not only teens but readers of all ages.