Books by Elana K. Arnold

AN ORDINARY DAY by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2020

"Powerfully demonstrates how small but monumental events can connect and change the world. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On an ordinary day, extraordinary events occur as Arnold's parallel stories of loss and life show how the world's shared experiences connect humanity. Read full book review >
RED HOOD by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 25, 2020

"A timely and unabashedly feminist twist on a classic fairy tale. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Bisou Martel's life takes a profound turn after encountering an aggressive wolf. Read full book review >
WHAT RILEY WORE by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2019

"Riley's courageous vulnerability is refreshing, fun, and worthy of celebration. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Is Riley a girl or a boy? Riley decides to answer an entirely different question through the creative self-expression of their clothing. Read full book review >
DAMSEL by Elana K. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"While Arnold has written a compelling flipped fairy tale and commentary on misogyny, she's missed the mark for her intended audience. (Fiction. 15-adult)"
Arnold (Bat and the Waiting Game, 2018, etc.) blends an abusive romance-novel relationship and intense feminist and patriarchal imagery with the classic storyline of a prince saving a damsel from the lair of a dragon. Read full book review >
BAT AND THE WAITING GAME by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"A gentle tale of shared similarities rather than differences that divide and a fine read-aloud with a useful but not didactic message of acceptance. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Bat, a biracial, autistic grade schooler with divorced parents, is raising a baby skunk, Thor. Read full book review >
WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2017

"Unflinchingly candid, unapologetically girl, and devastatingly vital. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
Pulling back the curtain on the wizard of social expectations, Arnold (Infandous, 2015, etc.) explores the real, knotted, messy, thriving heartbeat of young womanhood. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED BAT by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking, this introduction to Bat should charm readers, who will likely look forward to more opportunities to explore life from Bat's particular point of view. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A third-grader becomes fascinated with an orphaned skunk kit and wages a campaign to convince his veterinarian mom that their family should care for the animal until it can be released to the wild. Read full book review >
FAR FROM FAIR by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"An affecting, delicately handled story of growing up. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Odette Zyskoski's life is being ruined by her parents' decision to sell their house and head north in an RV they've dubbed the Coach. Read full book review >
INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A coming-of-age story consciously reminiscent of Lolita, this multifaceted portrayal of family bonds surprises with its nuanced and sometimes-searing emotional gravity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The summer before senior year gives Sephora Golding time to surf, work on her found-object works of art and reflect on the turn her life has taken. Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF MIRACLES by Elana K. Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A quiet, affecting journey rendered with keen insight. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hoping for one particular miracle leads Iris to discover that life may be a series of them. Read full book review >
SPLENDOR by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"This honest, contemplative sequel rises above its weaknesses, just like Scarlett herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Arnold's follow-up to Sacred (2012), though still somewhat hobbled by its predecessor's flaws, presents an artful and satisfying coming-of-age arc for protagonist Scarlett. Read full book review >
BURNING by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"Lyrical and inspirational, though Lala's inexplicably outsider view of her own culture, complete with sneers at harmless cultural practices, is a deeply jarring note. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A white boy afraid to leave his family meets a Romani girl who wants a brief romantic encounter in the Nevada desert. Read full book review >
SACRED by Elana K. Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Schlock. (Paranormal romance. 13-16)"
Scarlett's peaceful life on Catalina Island bifurcated last spring into the time Before Ronny Died and her miserable present. Read full book review >