Books by Edith Pattou

WEST by Edith Pattou
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Necessary wherever the first is popular; a good addition to any collection where fairy-tale retellings circulate well. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Once upon a time (East, 2003), a girl rescued an enchanted white bear from a wicked Troll Queen in a palace "east of the sun and west of the moon." But what happened after "happily ever after"? Read full book review >
GHOSTING by Edith Pattou
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Engaging, if not essential. (Verse/fiction. 13-15)"
Eight teens' fates intertwine and recombine in the aftermath of a prank gone very wrong. Read full book review >
EAST by Edith Pattou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Using multiple narrators, Pattou expands the Scandinavian folktale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" to epic length—adding little to the original. A white bear appears at a poor Norwegian farmer's door, promising a reversal of the family's fortunes in exchange for worrisomely fearless Rose. Away goes Rose on the bear's back, to a subterranean palace in "Fransk" where, eventually, she learns that the bear is an enchanted human prince. When he's swept off by a troll queen who's fallen in love with him, Rose, aided by a drunken sea captain, an Inuit shaman, and others, travels to the Arctic's far reaches to confront her, whereupon she conveniently destroys herself, leaving Rose and the bewildered prince free to settle into a happily-ever-after. Rose is a sturdy character inside and out, some in the supporting cast show engaging foibles, and the pace does pick up in the second half—but only fitfully does this achieve the intensity of feeling or vividness of setting that drives the best of the recent flurry of retold romances. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-15)Read full book review >
MRS. SPITZER’S GARDEN by Edith Pattou
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

A very loving book, a tribute really, to the teachers of the world and beyond them to all people who nurture children. "At the end of the summer, Mr. Merrick, the principal, walks down the hall to Mrs. Spitzer's room and gives her a packet of seeds." The end of summer? wonders the alert reader. Well yes, for this is a metaphorical garden, and as Mrs. Spitzer plants, water, weeds, and tends each seedling, she delights in their individuality: tall and thin, bushy and wide-spreading, quick to grow or slow, showy or reticent. Tusa picks up the metaphor with characteristic ingenuity and charm, depicting a gray-haired but young-looking woman, comfortably dressed, leaving a well-stocked kindergarten classroom to tend a swelling garden of flowers and vegetables, each sporting eyes, a smiling mouth, and a look of eager interest. Ultimately the season comes to a close, but the plants keep on growing, now beyond the care of Mrs. Spitzer. Pattou's language is simple but artful, keeping mawkishness at bay, while conveying a deep appreciation of the fine art of teaching. Lucky the reader, of any age, who had a Mrs. Spitzer. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
HERO'S SONG by Edith Pattou
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

In a long, earnest fantasy with a Celtic flavor, young Collun leaves his beloved farm to search for his missing sister, Nessa. On the way, he picks up some familiar types as companions- -Crann, a powerful old wizard; Brie, a woman warrior disguised as a lad; the elflike Silien; etc. He's pursued by Morgs and sundry other unsavory creatures and has several narrow squeaks when his country is invaded by the forces of an evil queen. The action here frequently stops for detailed history lessons, and Pattou doesn't take many chances with either plot or characters—though it's refreshing to see a hero who prefers to garden, and who would rather heal wounds than inflict them. The monsters are vividly rendered, especially the noxious Firewurme that Collun must kill in order to rescue Nessa. In the end, Collun foils the invaders by recovering part of a magic stone, and he and Brie go off happily together to plan a garden; several dangling storylines promise sequels. Fantasy readers will enjoy this excursion over rich if well-trodden ground. (Fantasy. 11+) Read full book review >