Books by Cecil Castellucci

DON'T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"This authentically geeky and feminist romance nails the con scene. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen copes with home-life troubles by cosplaying her favorite comic-book character. Read full book review >
SOUPY LEAVES HOME by Cecil Castellucci
Released: May 2, 2017

"A compelling graphic offering that explores relevant gender roles and self-identity through a historical lens. (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Abused by her domineering father, Pearl reinvents herself as a boy and takes to the road. Read full book review >
STONE IN THE SKY by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoroughly original outer-space scenario wrapped around clunky prose. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After years trapped on a space station, seething with fury, a girl gets the chance to broaden her horizons. Read full book review >
TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"The intriguing plot remains emotionally narrow until the ending, which promises a broader scope and interplanetary activism in the next installment. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Trapped for years on a remote space station, a girl brews revenge. Read full book review >
ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci
Released: May 14, 2013

"This clever celebration of individuality delights. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
A sublime tale of two strange ducks who overcome the odds—pun completely intended—and become friends. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS by Cecil Castellucci
Released: May 1, 2012

"It won't be for everyone, but sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 12-16)"
A tale of contemporary family and a comic that draws on Greek mythology unfold in alternating chapters, interweaving to tell of two sisters blighted by the sting of jealousy. Read full book review >
FIRST DAY ON EARTH by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A simple, tender work that speaks to the alien in all of us. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A lonely teen claims to have been abducted by aliens in this heartfelt offering by the author of Rose Sees Red (2010). Read full book review >
GRANDMA'S GLOVES by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Affecting and realistic, with just the right amount of detail, this is a thoughtful, well-crafted description of a loved one's death, especially appropriate for children undergoing a similar loss. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This girl's grandma smells wonderful, cooks amazing doughnuts and knows how to make plants and flowers grow. Read full book review >
ROSE SEES RED by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Not for everyone, but artists will appreciate seeing themselves evoked so sympathetically. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
An '80s movie in novel form: A smart, painfully lonely teen finds an unlikely connection to the daughter of officials from the Soviet Union, and together they go on the all-night New York City adventure of a lifetime, finding love, friendship and laughter along the way. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Even with the authors' name recognition, this collection's appeal is limited at best. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
This disastrous collection of stories sets out to show the depth and coolness of unpopular geeks and nerds, but instead it presents tired stereotypes in writing that fulfills an audience of authors and librarians rather than teens. Read full book review >
JANES IN LOVE by Cecil Castellucci
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The novelty of its premise made the first in this series remarkable, and happily, the overarching spirit of art triumphing over fear in this second offering expands on it and still rings true. (Graphic fiction. 12 & up)"
Jane Beckles and her crew of like-named conspirators return in this sequel to The Plain Janes (2007). Read full book review >
BEIGE by Cecil Castellucci
Released: June 1, 2007

"A cast of quirky characters keeps the book interesting, both for readers interested in the emotional drama and in the L.A. music scene, without getting into anything too gritty. (Fiction. YA)"
What's a decidedly non-hip girl to do when she's suddenly plunged into the punk-rock scene in L.A.? Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF COOL by Cecil Castellucci
Released: March 1, 2006

"When Libby's 'friends' jeopardize Tina's intern position, she unexpectedly takes the heat and discovers that life among the common folk is actually quite extraordinary. (Fiction. YA)"
Albert Camus meets Mariah Fredericks in this smart, edgy take on one adolescent's search for identity and meaning in life. Read full book review >
BOY PROOF by Cecil Castellucci
Released: March 1, 2005

"It's an unusual, successful, appealing effort from first-time novelist Castellucci. (Fiction. YA)"
This character study of a rebellious Los Angeles teen has enough quirky features taken from sci-fi fantasy to keep reluctant readers interested. Read full book review >