Books by Elaine Marie Alphin

AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME by Elaine Marie Alphin
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Fans of legal thrillers and courtroom dramas will find this outstanding. (list of major figures, timeline, glossary, further reading, author's note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, all dressed up like a society girl in Atlanta on Saturday morning, April 26, 1913, never made it to the Confederate Memorial Day parade. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT SHOT by Elaine Marie Alphin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"With basketball action, a murder mystery, a compelling story from history, adolescent angst, racial and parental tension, Alphin offers something to please most young readers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
High-school basketball star Brian loves Amanda, his neighbor and sweetheart. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR HUNTER by Elaine Marie Alphin
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"He handles both the horses and people with flair, especially in illustrations of the two boys with their respective fathers, skillfully showing the family resemblance. (author's note) (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Wyoming in the 1880s is the setting for this transitional early chapter book, based partially on historic characters who searched the West for dinosaur fossils. Read full book review >
PICTURE PERFECT by Elaine Marie Alphin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Still, disturbing, engrossing, and thought-provoking. (Fiction. YA)"
After 14-year-old Teddy Camden inexplicably disappears, his best friend, an abused boy who "zones out" and cannot remember whole sections of time, has to confront his personal demons as he tries to figure out what happened. Read full book review >
GHOST SOLDIER by Elaine Marie Alphin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A serviceable but not essential offering. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The ghost of a young Confederate soldier plays therapist to an angry 21st-century teen. Read full book review >
SIMON SAYS by Elaine Marie Alphin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Some teenage artists may see themselves here, but most readers will tire of Charles long before his final epiphany about life and art. (Fiction. YA)"
This overly long novel explores large issues about Art and Truth, but fails to create compelling characters or plot that will keep readers engaged. Read full book review >
COUNTERFEIT SON by Elaine Marie Alphin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Still, an engrossing, suspenseful novel that is sure to keep the reader glued to the page. (Fiction. YA)"
In a kind of Talented Mr. Ripley with a brutal back-story and a more moral protagonist, Alphin (Toasters, 1998, etc.) mines the provocative field of identity, memory, and lies. Read full book review >
TOASTERS by Elaine Marie Alphin
Released: April 14, 1998

"The icing on the cake, or rather the jam on the toast, is a selection of simple recipes for comfort food favorites. (glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
Who would have thought that the toaster would ever achieve status as a cultural icon? Read full book review >
VACUUM CLEANERS by Elaine Marie Alphin
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1997

"While the book is unlikely to inspire youngsters to desire closer acquaintance with this unglamorous machine, it's remarkable for showing how much there is to say about such a humdrum device. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
 In the eclectic Household History series (see Goldstein, below), a unique volume that, in short chapters, explains the composition of dust and dirt, shows how a vacuum cleaner works, and details the history of its invention and development from a huge coal-fired machine requiring three operators to the cordless Dustbuster. Read full book review >
THE PROVING GROUND by Elaine Marie Alphin
FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

 Ninth-grader Kevin is used to being the new kid; life as an ``Army brat'' has entailed plenty of moves. Read full book review >
THE GHOST CADET by Elaine Marie Alphin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"Of use only where there is a strong demand for Civil War material. (Fiction. 9-12)"
 Benjy, 12, and his 16-year-old sister meet their grandmother, Miss Leota, for the first time when they go to visit her in New Market, Virginia. Read full book review >