Books by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna

DOGGONE...THIRD GRADE! by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2002

"Roth's delightful and emotional black-and-white illustrations, particularly of the bereft Gordie talking on the phone with Lamont, add a lot to this thin tale. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Miss Tingle's third-grade class is having a talent show. Read full book review >
THIRD GRADE GHOULS by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2001

"For fans of Cam Jansen and the Boxcar Children. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Remember when you tried to think of the perfect Halloween costume? Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"The children have funny, typical school quarrels; as a writer of light fare, McKenna again weighs in with a real look at real kids. (Fiction. 8-10)"
After years of growing up with Collette Murphy, readers are thrust back in time to see what Sacred Heart Elementary is like from the perspective of one of her two best friends. Read full book review >
THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, the lively events hold attention, while the outcomes of the several subplots are wholesome and not oversimplistic. (Fiction. 11-16)"
In small-town West Virginia, 16-year-old Kitty Lee is involved in a soap-opera's worth of complications while babysitting the children of attractive new mill-owner Mr. Curtis and his reclusive alcoholic wife. Read full book review >
MOTHER MURPHY by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A welcome addition to the series about Collette and her loving family. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Collette's world turns upside down when she learns that her mother is expecting a fifth child, but in the end the Murphys work together to avoid losing a baby they discover they all very much want. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"On to seventh grade? (Fiction. 8-11)"
Collette Murphy, who spent part of sixth grade on an island (Murphy's Island, 1990) returns to Sacred Heart to discover that the cutest (male) teacher in school is an old buddy of her father's. Read full book review >
MURPHY'S ISLAND by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

The family Murphy returns once again as Collette, who had hoped for a terrific sixth grade with her pals, is dragged off with the rest of her kin to Put-In-Bay Island for four months when her father is relocated temporarily for business reasons. Read full book review >
FOURTH GRADE IS A JINX by Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna
Released: April 1, 1989

An unlikely, unlikable story about a fourth grader who is horrified at the prospect of her mother substituting in her class at Sacred Heart Elementary while the teacher recuperates from a broken leg. Read full book review >