Books by Alethea Kontis

ALETHEA KONTIS lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is a contributor to the Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.


DEAREST by Alethea Kontis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Perhaps not the best in the series; but it's hard to resist the Woodcutters' fluffy, eager-to-please charm. Monday's story next, please? (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
The Woodcutter sister with "a heart as big as the moon" meets her destiny in the third of the frothy fairy-tale series (Hero, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
HERO by Alethea Kontis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Whether Kontis tells the tales of other Woodcutter children or not, readers will await her next with joyful anticipation. (Fantasy. 11-18)"
The cover is terribly wrong—again—but Kontis' return to the Woodcutter family is still mightily entertaining. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2012

"Absolutely delectable; if it has more fripperies and furbelows than are strictly speaking necessary, it makes up for that in the wizardly grace of its storytelling. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Readers who get past the generic title and an off-puttingly generic cover will discover a fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Read full book review >
ALPHAOOPS! by Alethea Kontis
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

A hysterical take on what might happen if the letters of the alphabet mixed things up a bit. When A tries to start off the show, Z storms the stage with zebra, tired of always being last. So, the letters decide to try it differently. Z Y X W, all is going well until P jumps in, not wanting to be always in the middle. P O N, but then H staggers out, wanting to keep his same spot in the line-up. At that point, it becomes a free-for-all, and the giggles are sure to start. V takes his turn, but then tries to take another so he can say something else that starts with V. Z does not respond kindly to this nonsense: "Ooh, V is for violence." Without their usual order, the letters have trouble determining if all of them have had a turn, but find U in the nick of time: "U's been in the bathroom since P took over." A ends the show spectacularly and earns an apology from Z for his pushiness. Kolar's illustrations suit the zaniness of the text perfectly. Difficult as it is to imagine, the letters have facial expressions and personalities. A ruled line at the bottom of the spread helps readers keep track of the out-of-order letters. A must for preschool and elementary classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2006

"Devoted to a good cause, with more hits than misses."
Anthology of speculative fiction, with proceeds going to Save the Children's Tsunami Relief Fund. Read full book review >