To escape her bickering parents, Lizzie often plays in the nearby cemetery where one day she meets an elf prince and the Wizard Zorauk. But there she also meets Marcus who kills the fantasy. "Not the least of Lizzie's rewards is learning to be herself in the real world without surrendering her belief in dreams." - Publishers Weekly
A middle grade novel and Jr. Literary Guild selection
Stephanie, math whiz and chess champion, thinks she knows all the answers until she finds her rational world challenged by a beauty contest and a new boy at school. "On the surface, this sounds like a simpy teen love story, but Morris's excellent characterizations and her presentation of some universal teenage problems are handled with both sensitivity and delicacy." - School Library Journal
Upper middle grade or lower YA, a Jr. Literary Guild selection
Carole is a follower, fascinated by the fearless, cynical Marty until Marty comes up with such an outrageous plan Carole is forced to reevaluate her own strengths.
A Children's Choice of the International Reading Association
I combined three traditional Chinese folk tales about the traditional foolish man by having Lee Foo make all three traditional mistakes. This book is beautifully illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen who told me these old tales.
A Parent's Choice Honor Book
Stephen's persistently rational mother is unable to prevent a shark from visiting him in the night, so Stephen has to deal with the shark himself. This is cleverly illustrated by Caldecott winner Betsy Lewin. "A fresh, funny reworking of the 'nighttime anxieties overcome' theme." - School Library Journal
A Children's Choice of the International Reading Association and the only one of these old books that is still in print.
This may be my favorite picture book, at least in regard to my part of it, which, as with all my picture books, is only the words. It's another retelling, or in this case fracturing, of a Chinese folk tale, this one about the unpredictability of the future, the errors of the people in power, and the way they often like to manipulate others into wars. Of course, the big question, as always, is, are the people in power fools or knaves?
I live out where Tara's grandmother used to live, where the fields are sometimes brown, sometimes green, sometimes golden, sometimes white. And I often like to just listen. I feel this book has suffered from the gruesome cover, which of course I had nothing to do with, but the text lives on in several other publications.
This story also takes place where I live, where the Game Commission feeds the elk. But even though I've braved the snow to see the elk, I've yet to see an ice elf. Guess I'll just have to keep looking.