Books by A. LaFaye

WALKING HOME TO ROSIE LEE by A. LaFaye
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A deeply felt narrative, distilled from contemporary reports and documents. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Southern novelist looks to the Civil War's immediate aftermath in this newly free child's account of a weary search for his mother. Read full book review >
THE KEENING by A. LaFaye
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Those who are carried along by her story will enjoy a surprise ending that moves this entertaining effort beyond historical fiction into mild though plausible fantasy. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Lyza lives with her parents on an isolated point of land outside a small coastal Maine town in 1918. Read full book review >
WATER STEPS by A. LaFaye
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 2009

"LaFaye's intentions are noble—overcoming fears is something that middle graders must do—but the execution is predictable and muddled. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Kyna is terrified of all kinds of water; even a barrel of water for apple-bobbing can cause a panic attack. Read full book review >
WORTH by A. LaFaye
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Something for everyone. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
"A steer you'd have to pay for, but a boy you could adopt for free," says Nathaniel after he injures his leg and his father adopts John Worth to help work their Nebraska land. Read full book review >
DAD, IN SPIRIT by A. LaFaye
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2001

"Revisit Ursula K. Le Guin's The Farthest Shore instead. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A wildly unlikely tale of family love and near-loss from LaFaye (Nissa's Place, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
NISSA'S PLACE by A. LaFaye
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The patchy ending is more of a collapsed epilogue, or a separately written short story, in which Nissa returns to Louisiana to organize a public library and, finding her town's racial divide too deep to span, ends up building two. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The family conflicts of LaFaye's turbulent debut, Year of the Sawdust Man (1998), head toward resolution in this bustling, lightweight, far-fetched sequel. Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY HILL by A. LaFaye
Released: June 1, 1999

Two mercurial characters, one 12, the other 88, square off to form a contentious friendship in this multistranded tale from LaFaye (Edith Shay, 1998). Read full book review >
EDITH SHAY by A. LaFaye
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With so many other fledglings, from Katherine Paterson's Lyddie (1991) to the young artist in Joann Mazzio's Leaving Eldorado (1993), facing first flights over far harsher terrain, this junket seems too easy. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An abandoned suitcase pushes a Wisconsin farm girl with a yen for travel out of the nest in this bland post_Civil War story from LaFaye (The Year of the Sawdust Man, p. 740). Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN by A. LaFaye
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

"Even if there is no end to books about shattered families living in small southern towns, LaFaye depicts complex, profoundly disturbed characters with a sure hand, and this turbulent story joins Ruth White's Belle Prater's Boy (1996) as a cut above the rest. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Her mother's sudden, wordless departure drives Nissa, 11, into mental instability in this searching, character-driven debut. Read full book review >