Books by Alexis O’Neill

THE WORST BEST FRIEND by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The ending 'high five' says it all. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Longtime best friends Conrad and Mike do everything together: They "ate together / Read together / Played together..." Read full book review >
ESTELA’S SWAP by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This well-crafted tale featuring a Mexican-American father and children will be wonderful for reading aloud to individuals or to groups. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Estela goes with her father and her brother to the Swap Meet, hoping to earn the ten dollars she needs to pay for folk-dancing lessons by selling a colorful music box that plays Cielito Lindo. Read full book review >
THE RECESS QUEEN by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though the suggested strategy works far more easily here than it would in real life, young readers will be caught up by Katie Sue's engaging, fizzy exuberance. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Positing that bullies only act that way because they're lonely, O'Neill (Loud Emily, 1998) puts seemingly meek, new classmate Katie Sue up against aggressive Mean Jean, swaggering boss of the playground. Read full book review >
LOUD EMILY by Alexis O’Neill
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An appealing nautical tale, this will have reflective readers wondering why whales would come to the rescue of a whaling ship, but O'Neill's language has a roll and verve that captures her young heroine's spirit perfectly. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Emily, a petite child with stentorian pipes, takes ship with whispery Captain Baroo and his "kind but luckless" crew rather than enroll in Miss Meekmeister's School for Soft-Spoken Girls. Read full book review >