Books by Brandon Dorman

JOSHUA DREAD by Lee  Bacon
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A superpowered thumbs up. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When the substitute librarian tries to kill you on the last day of school, it doesn't bode well for summer break. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 2013

"This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers. (Adventure. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old fosterling Max Segredo knows he's just one stop away from juvie. Luckily, that stop turns out to be the Merry Sunshine Orphanage, where the third floor is off-limits due to a secret science project, and the house rules include "No unsupervised gunplay." Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 2013

"With Celia, Derek and Abner all having played starring roles in the series, fans will be eager for Tate's turn. (Magical adventure. 6-9)"
Hollowstone Hill's magic (Lawn Mower Magic, 2012, etc.) returns in grasshoppers that, when fried and eaten, give Abner Willow an unexpected bounce. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2013

"Sheer joy. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Lexy lives to dance, but she dreads those terrifying recitals. Read full book review >
SNOWMAN MAGIC by Katherine Tegen
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though this doesn't quite match the allure of Michael Garland's Christmas Magic (2001) or the pure fun of Caralyn and Mark Buehner's Snowmen at Night (2002), it is a nice cross between the two that will have kids rolling snowman pieces with dedicated purpose. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tale of a constructed friend charms with its magic and imagination. Read full book review >
JOSHUA DREAD by Lee  Bacon
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A twisty, swiftly moving adventure sure to please superhero fans. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
"It's embarrassing to run into your parents when you're with people from school, especially when your parents are about to destroy the planet." Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2012

"Cardboard characters and awkwardly episodic situations result in a poorly manufactured tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Celebpub collides with fairy-tale redux in this unsuccessful debut. Read full book review >
LAWN MOWER MAGIC by Lynne Jonell
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Second in a promising series that began with Hamster Magic (2010) this is a good stepping stone to more challenging reading. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The four Willow children attempt to tame an old-fashioned reel lawn mower with an enormous appetite for grass. Read full book review >
SNOW ANGELS by Angel Randall
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An afterschool special in picture-book form. (cookie recipe) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this too-good-to-be-true debut, best friends Krystal and Angel get the help of snow angels to make a difference in the lives of people around them. Read full book review >
PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Inventive and an awful lot of fun, 'it's all as real as you want it to be,' and it will surely be a catalyst for creative thinking. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Anybodies series invites readers to use their imaginations and join ten-year-old Oyster R. Motel on a curious quest. Read full book review >
THE WIZARD by Jack Prelutsky
Released: July 1, 2007

"Dorman's debut makes an atmospheric opener for any magic-themed storytime. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lit with a greenish glow, elaborately detailed digital paintings give a properly eerie setting to this shortened version of a poem originally published in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976). Read full book review >