Books by Anne Fine

BLOOD FAMILY by Anne Fine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"A powerhouse of a story about a boy who survives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
By the time he's 7, Eddie and his mother have been locked in an apartment in the north of England by abusive drunk Bryce Harris for four years. Read full book review >
THE ROAD OF BONES by Anne Fine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2008

"A dark, intelligent novel for older readers. (author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
In a "sort-of Russia, in a sort-of 1930s, under a Stalin-type leader," young Yuri casually criticizes his government and must immediately flee to the countryside, beginning a dark journey across a broken land. Read full book review >
JAMIE AND ANGUS TOGETHER by Anne Fine
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"With language suitable for good second-grade readers as well as a younger audience, these stories can stand on their own or lead readers and listeners back to the first volume. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Six self-contained chapters illustrate the strong friendship between nursery-school-aged Jamie and his stuffed Highland bull, Angus. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF THE KILLER CAT by Anne Fine
ANIMALS
Released: April 12, 2007

"Some Briticisms might need explaining, but Tuffy's gently snarky, self-centered narration will easily win him new fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When his family leaves on vacation, Tuffy, the feline of the title, finds himself left with the Vicar. Read full book review >
JENNIFER’S DIARY by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2007

"In literature, as in life, it's something of a relief not to be nice every once in a while, and nobody walks this line better than Fine. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When a budding writer covets her neighbor's diary, creative mayhem results. Read full book review >
FROZEN BILLY by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Jolly good. (Fiction. 8-12)"
While Clarrie and Will's father is in Australia trying to earn enough to send for the family and their mother is in prison in Ireland, wrongly accused of stealing a basket of food, they are in the care of their uncle Len, who is drinking and gambling away the money he earns as a ventriloquist. Read full book review >
NOTSO HOTSO by Anne Fine
by Anne Fine, illustrated by Tony Ross
ANIMALS
Released: March 7, 2006

"Ross's cartoons go a long way toward lightening the tone, but in the end they can't save Anthony from himself. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A self-described fastidious mutt deals with mange in this chapter book from Fine. Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF A KILLER CAT by Anne Fine
ANIMALS
Released: March 7, 2006

"Readers will hope for an American release of the sequel, Return of the Killer Cat. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"So hang me. I killed the bird. Read full book review >
RUGGLES by Anne Fine
by Anne Fine, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Readers will want to go with him. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The spirit of Harry the Dirty Dog lives on in this tribute to an old pooch with an unquenchable urge to roam. Read full book review >
THE TRUE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"This hilarious saga is full of irreverent humor and truly original characters unlike those in any other Christmas story, a fine change from overly sweet Christmas treats. (Fiction. 9-13)"
England's Children's Laureate lets out all the stops in this no-holds-barred look at a Christmas celebration in an English family full of eccentric relatives, including spoiled little cousins and a great-aunt who thinks she sees the vicar floating past the window. Read full book review >
THE JAMIE AND ANGUS STORIES by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A jolly experience. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Jamie sees Angus in a shop window and decides that they belong together. Read full book review >
UP ON CLOUD NINE by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2002

"It's a triumphant portrait of a young person marching to a beat all his own—but not marching alone. (Fiction. 11-13)"
England's Children's Laureate (Bad Dreams, 2000, etc.) again exercises her unsurpassed gift for memorable, complex character studies. Read full book review >
BAD DREAMS by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"As in The Tulip Touch (1997), Fine has placed two young people with unusually complex motives and characters into a challenging, sometimes scary situation: readers will not be putting this one down until the last page. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The air of strangeness hanging about a new classmate turns out to have just cause in this tale of a bookworm and a child cursed with a unique kind of second sight. Read full book review >
THE TULIP TOUCH by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A moving, complex story. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Alias Madame Doubtfire (1987) and, more recently, Step by Wicked Step (1996) mines a darker vein with this study in malevolence. Read full book review >
STEP BY WICKED STEP by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Fine doesn't conceal her agenda or create much of a plot, but gives her characters distinct voices and attitudes and helps readers understand that wounds do heal, if allowed to. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A sleepover in a reputedly haunted house becomes a night of revelations and storytelling for five classmates in this lightly therapeutic tale. Read full book review >
FLOUR BABIES by Anne Fine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"A wry and warming look at a boy's inner musings; readers may be surprised to find the lug Simon inspiring in them an affection much like the one he has for his flour baby. (Fiction. 11+)"
Simon Martin, troublemaker and shambling hero to his school's unruliest element, has visions of a massive explosion of flour in a classroom—an idea so persuasive that, put to his mates, it causes them to take part in a baby-care experiment that involves treating sacks of flour as infants. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN GAVE IT TO ME by Anne Fine
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Animal-rights advocates will be delighted; others can enjoy Fine's wry wit—and have their sensitivities enhanced. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Avidly, Gemma and Andrew pore over the extraordinary manuscript forced on him by a passing hen: ``The True Story of Harrowing Farm.'' The hen tells how little green men shoo her and her fellows from the cramped cages where they've been confined to lay eggs, uncomfortably, in public, then fit the cages to humans- -the species they prefer as food. Read full book review >
POOR MONTY by Anne Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A charming vignette that should strike a responsive chord in many families. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Monty's mother is a doctor; after a morning seeing patients, lunch visiting the ``old folk,'' and an afternoon coping with ``forms,'' she's desperate for a few peaceful moments when she finally gets home. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF THE BANSHEE by Anne Fine
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A winner: wise, witty, and right on target. (Fiction. 12+)"
Fine has a unique gift for presenting serious topics in stories leavened with circumstances and dialogue made hilarious not so much because they're exaggerated as because they're all too believable. Read full book review >