Books by David Roberts

THE MOUNTAIN by Ed Viesturs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The depth of feeling here and the writers' hard-earned experience elevate this volume above many other books in the popular "snow and ice" genre."
The world's most widely known high-altitude mountaineer reflects on his Everest career. Read full book review >
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"All told, an elegantly designed volume ready to take its rightful place on any child's bookshelf. (Fantasy. All ages)"
Many famous artists have interpreted the antics and adventures of Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger. Roberts takes a decidedly modern approach in this gift edition sure to appeal to another generation of readers. Read full book review >
ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER by Andrea Beaty
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Earnest and silly by turns, it doesn't quite capture the attention or the imagination, although surely its heart is in the right place. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Rhymed couplets convey the story of a girl who likes to build things but is shy about it. Neither the poetry nor Rosie's projects always work well. Read full book review >
FRIGHTFULLY FRIENDLY GHOSTIES by Daren King
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Kids will be happy to spend time in this particular haunted house. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who's afraid of the big, bad…spider? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Roberts creates a full portrait of Mawson and does justice to what famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary would later call "[t]he greatest survival story in the history of exploration.""
Mountaineer and prolific author Roberts (Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, 2011, etc.) returns with a vivid history of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson (1882–1958) and his 1912 exploration of Antarctica. Read full book review >
THE DUNDERHEADS BEHIND BARS by Paul Fleischman
Released: April 1, 2012

"Delightfully smart and deliciously funny—don't miss it. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that's sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (The Dunderheads, 2009). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Lacks overall depth and scope, but good for vicarious thrill-seeking."
A veteran mountaineer chronicles his colossal quest to scale the Himalayas' 14 8,000-meter peaks, including the deadliest, Annapurna. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"A well-researched, readable look at a complex personality in wilderness exploration."
The absorbing story of wilderness explorer Everett Ruess, who has gained a cult-like following since his disappearance in 1934. Read full book review >
DAVID ROBERTS' EGYPT by David Roberts
Released: March 29, 2011

"Best to let his art speak for him."
An e-book version of a coffee-table book. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: July 1, 2009

"A thorough and admiring portrait."
From prolific mountaineering writer Roberts (Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, 2008, etc.), a well-crafted biography of "the greatest mountaineer in Alaskan history." Read full book review >
THE DUNDERHEADS by Paul Fleischman
Released: June 1, 2009

"Share with special readers; it's well worth the effort. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A group of underachievers engages in a battle of wits with their unsympathetic teacher and emerges triumphant. Read full book review >
NO MORE DYING by David Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Despite the high-society trimmings, the political context keeps the stakes high enough to satisfy fans of international thrillers and historical romances alike."
A soignée Communist and her upper-crust fiancé scheme to thwart the assassination of Winston Churchill in their ninth adventure (Something Wicked, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
SENSIBLE HARE AND THE CASE OF THE CARROTS by Daren King
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"But as daffy detail heaps on daffy detail—Ottoman lives with a thimble he has named Thimble; Sensible's office, a former haberdashery, has ghost hats floating about—the thin plot goes as missing as the case of carrots, and readers will wonder exactly what just happened. (Mystery. 7-9)"
This chapter-book mystery presents readers with more style than substance as it tells the tale of Sensible Hare, Hare Detective. Read full book review >
DEVIL’S GATE by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Of a piece with Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven (2003), though without its drama—serviceable, but really a magazine article plumped up to book length."
Roberts (Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge, 2005, etc.) elaborates on a footnote to the history of westward expansion, excoriating the early leaders of Mormonism in the bargain. Read full book review >
TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP by Julia Donaldson
DINOSAURS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Holding firmly to the courage of his vegetarian convictions, T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians. Read full book review >
MOUSE NOSES ON TOAST by Daren King
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Imaginative and clever line drawings provide a perfect complement. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Winner of the British Nestlé Award, this import introduces Paul, a mouse with an embarrassing allergy to cheese. Read full book review >
UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >
IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Another John Lithgow she is not, nor is Iggy another Remarkable Farkle McBride (2000), but it's always salutary to see young talent vindicated. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A repressive teacher almost ruins second grade for a prodigy in this amusing, if overwritten, tale. Read full book review >
THE DUMPSTER DIVER by Janet S. Wong
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated in cleanly drawn cartoon jumbles strewn with smiling faces and broken junk of all description, this cheery episode will have young readers (those, at least, without an aversion to creepy-crawlies) thoughtfully examining the castoffs in their own neighborhoods. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sandwiched between wonderfully gross-out endpapers, this distinctly urban tale introduces a wild-haired handyman named Steve who furnishes his apartment with recycled junk. Read full book review >
THE QUALITY OF MERCY by David Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Roberts's effortless grasp of his subject and era are matched by his pitch-perfect prose. "
On the brink of WWII, journalist Verity Browne ruffles official feathers, rescues a Jewish artist from the Nazis and solves a murder. Read full book review >
NO SHORTCUTS TO THE TOP by Ed Viesturs
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"Doesn't answer the question of what makes Viesturs and his fellow mountaineers repeatedly risk life and limb, but certainly inspires respect for their monumental efforts."
The bracing story of one man's 18-year quest to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter-plus mountains. Read full book review >
MRS. CRUMP’S CAT by Linda Smith
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Kids will see what's coming and giggle as the cat pussyfoots its way into Mrs. Crump's home and heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who doesn't know someone who adamantly vows never to let a stray cat in the house? Read full book review >
A GRAVE MAN by David Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Like Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, the salt-and-pepper sleuths complement each other well. But this tale is a little too complicated by prewar politics and social mores to be satisfying."
As ominous war clouds gather over Europe, Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne investigate a Nazi-related murder. Read full book review >
DON’T SAY THAT, WILLY NILLY! by Anna Powell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This modern spin lacks the charm of previous versions, making this moderately silly variation only for those who haven't heard the original. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Willy Nilly is no Epaminondas in this cartoonish, contemporary version of the old classic. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF MCNALLY by Philip Ardagh
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2005

"Edward Gorey-esque ink drawings, tumbles along merrily to a happy ending on the strength of its unusually daffy supporting cast and resourceful main characters. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh uses the third of his Unfor—er, "Unlikely Exploits" to resolve by main force the tangled plot of the first two, while showing that the seeming baddies aren't really villains at all, and leaving the radically impoverished McNally clan with both a rich friend and interesting magical abilities. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Certainly enticing stuff for buffs of things southwestern, but more so to readers with an eye to the ironies and paradoxes of history."
A close look at one of the most bloody, mysterious episodes in the history of what's now the Southwest. Read full book review >
HEIR OF MYSTERY by Philip Ardagh
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The oppressively rain-soaked setting, and Roberts's vignettes of misshapen figures with madly staring eyes, give the tale a Lemony taste (as in Snicket)—but it reads more like a set-up for future episodes than a self-contained story. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The second of Ardagh's Unlikely Exploits series takes the poor but unusually gifted McNally sibs into dreaded Fishbone Forest to reclaim the pilfered brain of their recently deceased youngest member, Fergal. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS SEA by David Roberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Edward and Verity finally consummate their romance while Roberts continues his tedious study of WWII politics and morals."
Communists, Nazis, lords, twins, and internationally famous entertainers share adjoining deck chairs aboard the New York–bound Queen Mary. Read full book review >
FOUR AGAINST THE ARCTIC by David Roberts
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 5, 2003

"Caveats aside, dogged research and hard travel to distant places make for a gem in the literature of survival under dire conditions."
A flabbergasting, if leisurely paced, story of survival in the Far North during the 18th century, shrouded by the enjoyable mystery of half-understood but decidedly atavistic circumstances. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE TIMES by Philip Ardagh
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lemony Snicket fans in need of a happy ending might take to this very British farce as a change of pace. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ardagh claims to be closing out this trilogy, but readers of the earlier volumes may be justifiably skeptical. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >
DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite "eeewww" or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >
HOLLOW CROWN by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"But he's strongest when he's documenting workers' marches, Mosley's rantings, the King's pro-Hitler proclivities, and the unsuitability of Mrs. Simpson as Queen."
On a bone-chilling October weekend in 1936, drafty Haling Castle, sparingly refurbished by conservative MP Leo Scannon, is the site of a less-than-amiable house party attended by several pro-Hitlerites, an American millionaire, an English bounder, a lord, another MP, an economist, a beautiful seductress, assorted wives, and plummy Edward Corinth. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM LUCANIA by David Roberts
Released: Oct. 9, 2002

"A bold deed that's rattling and—given the character displayed by Washburn and Bates—exemplary. (Photographs)"
As adamantine as its protagonists, this chilling and exhilarating story of the travails on the ascent of the Yukon's Mount Lucania is ably retold by Roberts (Points Unknown, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
BONES OF THE BURIED by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Not much for Verity to do here except be duped, but Roberts provides a solid primer on Eton society, European alliances, and British concessions to Nazis' interests on the eve of war."
The second appearance (Sweet Poison, 2001) of those unlikely chums, Communist dogsbody Verity Browne and Lord Edward Corinth, finds Verity sending dispatches from Spain, on the brink of civil war in 1936, to the New Gazette as she waits desperately for Edward to fly in from London and save her political mentor, David Griffiths-Jones, scheduled for execution in one week for the murder of Godfrey Tilney. Read full book review >
GREAT EXPLORATION HOAXES by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2001

"The bottom line: "good fun for exploration buffs, and entertaining enough to appeal to a wider, offbeat audience.""
Jon Krakauer selected this 1982 account of "breathtaking acts of deceit" by early explorers for his Modern Library Exploration series, partly because it goes far in explaining why its subjects (few of them cowards) would try so hard to convince others (or themselves) of their phony accomplishments. Read full book review >
SWEET POISON by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Despite much political blather, a rather conventional debut whodunit—the first in a series—with ample misdirection but not much depth."
The Duke of Mersham's dinner party has not been going well. Read full book review >
POINTS UNKNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Still, Roberts's anthology has its virtues, and readers will find plenty to enjoy."
Intrepid adventurers face the elements—and sometimes live to tell the tale. Read full book review >
TRUE SUMMIT by David Roberts
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 3, 2000

"Not as gripping as Into Thin Air, but fans of daring outdoor exploits (especially those with long memories) will find this a satisfying armchair adventure."
A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

" A thoughtful, engaging, and useful addition to the shelf of recent revisionist works on the American West. (8 pages photos)"
A vigorous narrative of the intersecting lives of two of the most outsized figures in the American West: the trapper, guide, and Indian fighter Kit Carson, and the ebullient, grandstanding officer John Frémont. Read full book review >
ESCAPE ROUTES by David Roberts
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1997

"As educational as it is exciting, written with wit and compassion, this is highly recommended reading for adventure enthusiasts of all stripes."
 A collection of essays (some reprinted from Outside and other magazines) certain to provide vicarious thrills for even the most hardened adventure reader, laced with humor and cogent observations about modern-day wilderness exploration. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF THE OLD ONES by David Roberts
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1996

"He honors that landscape and its former inhabitants with this adventurous book."
 A stirring excursion into the worlds of ancient Native America and modern archaeology. Read full book review >
ONCE THEY MOVED LIKE THE WIND by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 1993

"A history that never loses its sense of drama even as it separates myth from truth. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
 An absorbing account of a quarter century of conflict: the Apache resistance to the ``White Eye'' settlers encroaching on their Arizona lands. Read full book review >