Books by Elise Broach

Elise Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She lives with her family in Easton, Connecticut. This is her first novel for young people.


MY PET WANTS A PET by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2018

"A sweet choice for a simple story that parents and children will enjoy laughing at together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Broach and Barclay comes a story about the affection that grows between living beings who care for one another. Read full book review >
THE WOLF KEEPERS by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"John Muir's spirit hums along under a well-developed plot with likable characters. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Zookeepers' daughter Lizzie has a memorable summer before seventh grade, as she befriends an intriguing boy, emulates John Muir, and investigates the mystery of suddenly sickened wolves at the John Muir Wildlife Park in Lodisto, California. Read full book review >
JAMES TO THE RESCUE by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Full of drama and heart, this is the kind of series that can show newly independent readers the power of a good story. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The second installment in The Masterpiece Adventures series, which stars a human boy named James and his best beetle friend, Marvin, this early chapter book finds Marvin on a very important mission. Read full book review >
SPRINGTIME BABY by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"This joyful lift-the-flap adventure will inspire little ones to head outdoors to see if spring has sprung in their neck of the woods. (Board book. 1-3)"
Broach rounds out her celebration of the seasons (Seashore Baby, 2010; Snowflake Baby, 2011; Barnyard Baby, 2013) with this cheerful ode to the wonders of spring. Read full book review >
THE MINIATURE WORLD OF MARVIN & JAMES by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"This winsome series debut is both a sweet story of cross-species friendship and a sobering new way to look at pencil sharpeners. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The boy-and-beetle friendship first introduced in Broach's charming novel Masterpiece (2010) is now the cornerstone of an illustrated chapter-book series. Read full book review >
BARNYARD BABY by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"This well-executed, toddler-friendly board book is a great introduction to fall and a perfect choice for one-on-one or small group sharing. (Board book. 1-3)"
Broach's eager toddler is back (Seashore Baby, 2010; Snowflake Baby, 2011) to explore another season—this time, fall on the farm. Read full book review >
TREASURE ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Best enjoyed after the first, this absorbing, old-fashioned adventure will make readers eager for the next installment. (Mystery/adventure. 8-12)"
The Barker brothers (Jack, Henry and Simon, ages 6, 10 and 11) encounter new adventures on Superstition Mountain in this second page turner. Read full book review >
MISSING ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2011

"Broach reserves plenty of suspicious characters, spooky landscapes and loose ends for the slated sequels, which both boys and girls will savor. (author's note) (Mystery. 8-12)"
This engrossing mystery pits three brothers recently transplanted from Chicago against the rocky caverns of Arizona's Superstition Mountain. Read full book review >
GUMPTION! by Elise Broach
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 2010

"Altogether a hearty delight for any young adventurer with a drop or two of gumption. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peter's Uncle Nigel, explorer by trade, knows how to show his nephew a good time. Read full book review >
MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Murphy's charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel. (author's note) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Eleven-year-old James Terik isn't particularly appreciated in the Pompaday household. Read full book review >
WHEN DINOSAURS CAME WITH EVERYTHING by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"In the end, the boy's friends bring their own newly acquired dinos over to his house for a poolside party—and he knows Mom has truly come around when she calls the baker for more doughnuts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
What if one day every merchant in town offered up, and indeed, insisted that shoppers take home a live dinosaur (free) with every purchase? Read full book review >
COUSIN JOHN IS COMING! by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"A mixed message, at best. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The pictures tell the story here. Read full book review >
DESERT CROSSING by Elise Broach
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Satisfying suspense and self-discovery in the desert. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Three teens move from innocence to experience when their spring break takes an unexpected detour crossing the New Mexico desert. Read full book review >
HIDING HOOVER by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"From Steven Kellogg's Mysterious Tadpole (1977) to M.P. Robertson's The Egg (2001), tales featuring the sudden arrival of oversized pets generally show better-knit internal logic. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Readers may trip over some unfilled gaps in this tale of a single parent who—evidently—quietly changes his "No Pets!" stance. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE’S SECRET by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"More linear and traditionally evidence-driven than Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (2004), this agreeable history-mystery may have even more appeal to budding sleuths. (author's note, historical timeline) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Hero Netherfield knows she's in trouble when, on her first day at her new school in Maryland, a classmate unthinkingly announces that Hero is her dog's name. Read full book review >
WET DOG! by Elise Broach
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Here's can't-sit-still reading, in summer's heat—or any other time. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"He was a good old dog and a hot old dog, as he lay in the noonday sun." Read full book review >