Books by Doris Buchanan Smith

Released: May 4, 1994

"But Smith raises the issue of the roots of violence without really exploring it; her true interest, in this incisive and heartfelt portrayal, is how memory loss alters conceptions of reality—and the family that must cope with a changed loved one. (Fiction. 10-14)"
John-too Viravek is overjoyed when his Czech-born grandmother moves in with his family in southern Georgia; but Nanna has Alzheimer's, and though the vibrant person he has always loved occasionally surfaces, she doesn't understand that she's living in her son's home or recognize her own family. Read full book review >
BEST GIRL by Doris Buchanan Smith
Released: March 1, 1993

"Adroit plotting, a brisk pace, the offbeat scenario, and well- individualized characters add up to an unusually thoughtful and appealing novel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Drawing on the experience of having her own home gutted by fire, then restored with the help of friends, an author known for her incisive and compassionate portraits of troubled children (Return to Bitter Creek, 1986) portrays an 11-year-old whose friendship with the woman next door grows out of a similar set of events. Read full book review >
THE PENNYWHISTLE TREE by Doris Buchanan Smith
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Thoughtful and compelling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An author noted for her subtly perceptive stories about youngsters under stress (A Taste of Blackberries, 1973) recounts a bittersweet encounter between a gifted, well-loved young musician and a needy boy who lives for a brief time next door. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF BLACKBERRIES by Doris Buchanan Smith
Released: May 21, 1973

"Tailormade to support the current emphasis by child psychologists and psychiatrists on preparing children to deal with death. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As in Mann's My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel, above, the purpose here is more therapeutic than aesthetic, but (also like My Dad...) this is an honest and understanding first-person reconstruction of the thoughts and feelings any child might have in the situation. Read full book review >