Books by Barbara Johansen Newman

GLAMOROUS GLASSES by Barbara Johansen Newman
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Glamorous glasses for everyone! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who wouldn't want a pair of chic new frames? Read full book review >
BARNYARD PURIM by Kelly Terwilliger
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Enjoyable fare for youngsters who already have a concept of the holiday. (Picture books/religion. 5-7)"
The loud, chaotic celebration of Purim and its companion story is recreated in a farm-animal play that results in a surprising development. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CROOKED CARNIVAL by Michele Torrey
FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Those new to this appealing series, which began with The Case of the Grasping Garbage (2000), will want to seek out the four earlier titles. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, fifth-grade science detectives, solve a series of mysteries, uncovering the ghost in the Glum mansion, repelling an alien invasion, foiling a fixed carnival contest and avoiding a bridge disaster. Read full book review >
TEX AND SUGAR by Barbara Johansen Newman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Many details, like a strawberry hat and rhinestone suit, are fun, and the message to follow your dream is unobtrusive, but other recent, similarly themed picture books strike a stronger chord. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Newman offers two tales of star-crossed kitty-cat, kitty-corner crooners who leave their western homes to hit Broadway and become "Superstar Kitties." Read full book review >
BONES AND THE BIG YELLOW MYSTERY #1 by David A. Adler
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery (ISBN: 0-670-05948-X) is the second in the series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Adler, author of the Cam Jansen series, introduces a new easy-reader mystery series with this story about a junior detective named Jeffrey Bones. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE GRAVEYARD GHOST by Michele Torrey
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Accessible, understandable, and hilarious science for the youngest problem solvers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With a tone that falls somewhere between Lemony Snicket and the dialogue from Dragnet, Torrey's (The Case of the Mossy Lake Monster, 2002, etc.) third addition to her science series for young readers is sure to please. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE MOSSY LAKE MONSTER by Michele Torrey
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In fact, teachers will be among the first fans of this series, as the cases would make great read-alouds in elementary classrooms, with built-in science experiments as follow-up activities. (Fiction. 8-11)"
There's always room for another detective team on the junior fiction shelves, and the dynamic duo of fifth graders, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, have the added appeal of being amateur scientists as well as amateur sleuths. Read full book review >