Books by Brenda Woods

THE UNSUNG HERO OF BIRDSONG, USA by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Another stellar outing from the always-solid Woods. (afterword, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
If Opie Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show wrote a book about Mayberry's racism, the voice would be that of Gabriel Haberlin, the 12-year-old white boy who is saved from near tragedy by Meriwether Hunter, a "colored" man. Read full book review >
ZOE IN WONDERLAND by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"This touching tale about finding strength in uniqueness is a well-crafted read from start to finish. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Zoe G. Reindeer hates her last name and her big feet and anything else that makes her "just Zoe." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Infused with humor, hope and cleareyed compassion—a fresh take on an old paradigm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Violet's a bright, engaging biracial preteen, resigned to a "predictable summer of boring nothing" in small-town Washington; happily, for her and for readers, she couldn't be more wrong. Read full book review >
SAINT LOUIS ARMSTRONG BEACH by Brenda Woods
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A small gem that sparkles with hope, resilience and the Crescent City's unique, jazz-infused spirit. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
This gripping addition to the growing body of fiction portraying Katrina's profound effect on children and families pits an 11-year-old boy, a neighborhood dog and an elderly woman against the hurricane and subsequent devastating flood. Read full book review >
EMAKO BLUE by Brenda Woods
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"She provides abundant discussion topics and features short, easy chapters written with an honesty that should appeal even to highly reluctant readers. (Fiction. YA)"
This short, accessible story packs a huge emotional punch with its depiction of innocence lost to random gang violence. Read full book review >
THE RED ROSE BOX by Brenda Woods
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"An impressive debut. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Leah Hopper lives in tiny Sulphur, Louisiana, at a time when Jim Crow laws reign supreme. Read full book review >