Books by Dorian Cirrone

THE FIRST LAST DAY by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A light book that deftly plumbs some pretty dark depths. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This novel makes a convincing case that all time-travel stories are really stories about death and immortality. Read full book review >
THE BIG SCOOP by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Lindy Blues, a pint-sized investigative reporter with her own news show, wants to follow in the footsteps of her idol, Katie Couric. Although her cameraman is her little brother and her LBN—Lindy Blues Network—airs only in her garage on Saturday nights, Lindy tackles the latest breaking news with the panache and determination that rivals seasoned correspondents twice her age. Cirrone offers readers a spunky, likable heroine who thinks on her feet and truly embodies an entrepreneurial spirit. Lindy's investigation of a disappearing ice cream shop is just tricky enough to solve, keeping readers tuned in until the satisfying dénouement. Woodruff uses soft-pencil sketches to highlight the ups and downs of Lindy's broadcasting adventures, bringing life to the characters. Cirrone's mix of an intriguing mystery and a feisty, capable heroine will hold widespread appeal for readers. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
THE MISSING SILVER DOLLAR by Dorian Cirrone
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

This early chapter book follows multitasking fourth grader Lindy Blues as she tracks down stories for her weekly neighborhood news show. Assisted by her brother Alex and his hand-me-down camcorder, Lindy broadcasts from the "Lindy Blues Network Studio"—her garage. Curious and clever, she turns a slow news day into a buoyant first-person account, using math skills both to solve the titular mystery and help her friend Joshua win a toy rocket launch contest. Information about U.S. silver dollars is woven into the text, and Woodruff's lively illustrations complement and extend the story. The use of the present tense, and Lindy's tendency to refer to herself in the third person, seem stylistically right, given the busy girl's dedication to her reportorial role. Tuned-in kids will enjoy Lindy's inventiveness as she scoops some really local news. (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
DANCING IN RED SHOES WILL KILL YOU by Dorian Cirrone
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

In the ballet world, size DD means you have "problem breasts." When Kayla tries out for Cinderella at Florida Arts High School (a.k.a. Farts), her dance teacher suggests breast-reduction surgery if she wants a career in ballet. Kayla's nonconformist sister, Paterson, points out the similarities between her situation and earlier versions of Cinderella in which the stepsisters cut off their toes in order to conform. When mysterious red pointed shoes appear with the message "dancing in red shoes will kill you," more connections are made to the 1948 film, The Red Shoes, based on another fairy tale, and the feminist poem, "The Red Shirt," by Margaret Atwood. These incidents inspire Paterson's senior project: a painting featuring female figures with various amputations—toes, tongue, foot—the centerpiece being a young man with a circumcised penis. Throw in a protest (The Pen-Is Mightier Than Censorship) when the project is banned, a love interest who understands feminism, a rival saboteur, a gay best friend, more pop culture references, refreshing humor and dialogue, and a protagonist who finds self-acceptance in a judgmental society, and this will find a ready audience. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >