Books by Alice Kuipers

WORLD'S WORST PARROT by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2020

"Best for those interested in pet birds. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After Ava inherits a parrot from a barely remembered great-uncle, her efforts to maintain an idealized image seem to crumble. Read full book review >
ALWAYS SMILE by Alice Kuipers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 7, 2019

"A touching portrait of a remarkable celebrity influencer who used her exposure to inspire herself and others. (Biography. 12-16)"
When the late Canadian figure skater and singer/songwriter Carley Allison, was diagnosed with a rare and deadly cancer at 17, she shared her difficult journey through treatment. Read full book review >
POLLY DIAMOND AND THE SUPER STUNNING SPECTACULAR SCHOOL FAIR by Alice Kuipers
Released: May 7, 2019

"For story lovers and storytellers. (list of books mentioned) (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Polly and Spell return to shake up the school book fair after series opener Polly Diamond and the Magic Book (2018). Read full book review >
ME AND ME by Alice Kuipers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An eerie, intriguing premise and fast-moving plot hampered by clichéd characters and a flat resolution. (Paranormal romance. 14-17)"
Lark's boyfriend, Alec, is injured trying to rescue Annabelle, the 4-year-old Lark used to babysit, and both are drowning; when she's unable to choose whom to save, Lark's world splits in two. Read full book review >
POLLY DIAMOND AND THE MAGIC BOOK by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"A great choice for logophiles and budding authors. (Fantasy. 5-8)"
A magic spelling book turns a young girl's world upside down as her family prepares for the arrival of a new baby brother. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE MOST FABULOUS FAIRY TALE by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A jam-packed view of the creative process of two imaginative siblings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Twins Violet and Victor are back for another bout of collaborative (and sometimes competitive) writing. Read full book review >
VIOLET AND VICTOR WRITE THE BEST-EVER BOOKWORM BOOK by Alice Kuipers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Clever fare for aspiring bookworms (especially siblings). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Twins collaborate in writing an original story about a "book-eating monster." Read full book review >
LOST FOR WORDS by Alice Kuipers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

Unable to deal with the tragedy that killed her sister, Emily, Sophie retreats into herself, refusing to talk about her grief. Her mother, drowning in her own pain, is unable to help Sophie heal. Sophie tries to navigate the confusing drama of high school while suffering through flashbacks, irrational emotional outbursts and panic attacks. Her therapist encourages her to write about her memories in a journal, which forms the narrative, but it is her new friend, Rosa-Leigh, who introduces her to the world of poetry. Through her poems and her frank discussions with her new friend, Sophie is able to start healing. British-born Kuipers takes the 2005 bombing in the London Tube as her springboard and artfully manages to make Sophie's tale achingly real and yet still hopeful. Her distinct, first-person voice and quirky details shine through the dark tragedy, giving familiar themes a fresh take. More than just a story of one girl, this is a look at a family trying to rebuild after their lives have been literally blown apart. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Sometimes minimalism is art, but here less is less."
As the title implies, Kuiper's first novel is composed entirely of notes a mother and daughter leave for each other on the refrigerator door. Read full book review >