Books by Betty Levin

Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"This exciting read can stand on its own but will also appeal to readers of the first book and of Lois Lowry's Giver and companions. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Willow, the second-person narrator in Thorn (2005), determines to leave the village of the People of the Singing Seals before the male elders give her to one of the "Uncles" (all elder males are uncles) in their desperate hope to produce healthy babies. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Dull and ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There is a mystery to be found in this, but it takes an inordinate time to get to it and then the whole thing fizzles. Read full book review >
THORN by Betty Levin
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Strongly lyrical writing, the unusual structure and provocative themes distinguish a stimulating work that evokes comparison with Peter Dickinson's Bone from a Dry Sea and Lois Lowry's The Giver. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The prehistoric People of the Singing Seals live on the brink of dissolution: food scarcity, low birth rate and high number of babies with birth defects. Read full book review >
SHODDY COVE by Betty Levin
Released: May 1, 2003

"Purchase a fresh copy of Julia Sauer's Fog Magic instead. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Narrative red herrings abound in this adventure set on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
THAT’LL DO, MOSS by Betty Levin
Released: May 1, 2002

"The leisurely pace notwithstanding, dog lovers and fans of the series will find much to enjoy here. (Fiction. 8-12)"
For animal lovers or shepherds, this third in Levin's dog series (Look Back Moss, 1998; Away to Me Moss, 1994) continues her slice-of-life-on-the-farm saga. Read full book review >
Released: May 30, 2000

"Intriguing and satisfying to the end. (Fiction. 10+)"
Jonathan's the youngest in his Maine farm family, full of notions gathered from his reading of dime novels about adventure and about city life. Read full book review >
THE BANISHED by Betty Levin
Released: Aug. 26, 1999

"This complex, atmospheric morality tale offers no easy answers, and takes place in a world that is alien and exotic. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a prequel to The Ice Bear (1986), Siri's people live in the frozen Starkland settlement, residing peacefully with the primitive Furfolk, who communicate by whuffles and grunts. Read full book review >
LOOK BACK, MOSS by Betty Levin
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Readers attracted by the strongly drawn main characters will find the author's unusually even-handed treatment of a sensitive issue worth pondering. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The sheep-herding border collie of Away To Me, Moss (1994) changes another life after being mauled by coyotes and stolen by animal rights extremists. Read full book review >
ISLAND BOUND by Betty Levin
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"But by the end, even tenacious readers won't know if there was a ghost, if Joellen somehow controlled events through her writings, or if she was just the victim of uncanny coincidences. (Fiction. 10+)"
Chris is spending a week alone on deserted Fowlers Island, despite rumors that it is haunted, just to prove he can. Read full book review >
GIFT HORSE by Betty Levin
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

The author of Fire in the Wind (1995) pens an engaging story about a boy and his horse. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE WIND by Betty Levin
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"Although the plot unravels slightly in the aftermath of the disaster, Meg's story is a sensitive and beautifully told adventure. (Fiction. 8+)"
It's 1947, and aided by a drought and the careless logging of the postwar building boom, wildfires leave a path of desolation after destroying forests and homes throughout the state of Maine. Read full book review >
AWAY TO ME, MOSS by Betty Levin
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A thoughtful, satisfying novel; wayward, gifted Moss is entrancing. (Glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Levin (Starshine and Sunglow, p. 702, etc.) can be relied on for multidimensional stories. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1994

When the Flints decide they're too old to cope with the blackbirds, crows, and raccoons that take an annual toll on the corn they've always shared with neighbors, three kids organize a cooperative effort and convince the couple, after all, to plant such poetically named favorites as Golden Queen, Sunglow, and Starshine. Read full book review >
MERCY'S MILL by Betty Levin
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Not always easy to follow, but provocative, compelling, and rich in characters and ideas. (Fiction. 12+)"
Distressed by the move to a historic Massachusetts mill her mother and stepfather Roger are restoring, and by their apparent favoritism toward foster sister Janey (5), Sarah (12) becomes involved in the dramas of two of the mill's earlier occupants: 17th-century Mercy, robbed of the mill by a wicked uncle after her mother, an accused witch, died in prison; and Jethro (14), runaway slave. Read full book review >