Books by Eliza Wheeler

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2019

"For lovers of Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López's The Day You Begin (2018), a sweet lesson on how to glow from the inside out. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this new book from the creative duo behind Wherever You Go (2015), a child warily bids adieu to a beloved former home and summons the courage to embrace the new one. Read full book review >
FAIRY SPELL by Marc Tyler Nobleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fascinating introduction to one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, deftly pitched to elementary-age children. (author's note, not seen) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Long before there was Photoshop, in the days when photography was an infant technology, a teenager produced photographs that convinced the world fairies are real. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE HEART OF A CHAMPION by Tricia Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"If change must happen, Cody's good company. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Spring is in the air—a change the energetic bug-fancier Cody's so, so ready for that other, unheralded changes in her life take her by surprise. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE RULES OF LIFE by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"These rules come with a powerful subtext that seems to say that theft is wrong, but manipulation may be acceptable. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Big brother Wyatt pays more attention to his new bike than to Cody, who helped assemble it, but when it's stolen, her jealousy turns to empathy—she's just lost something precious herself. Read full book review >
JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Since the likeliest audience for this is kids who have seen the Hobbit films, it's a good reminder that the book came first. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of a boy who dreamed of dragons and found a way to bring them to life. Read full book review >
THE <i>LEFT-HANDED FATE</i> by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
An ancient inscription and a handful of inscrutable artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Read full book review >
THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The soft cadence of the rhyming verses and the joyous pictures of the elephants will make this a bedtime favorite. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a baby elephant is born, "wrinkled and gray," not just the herd, but the whole world rejoices, from morning to night. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A perennial message, 'different strokes for different folks,' delivered with affection and tolerance, 21st-century style. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody's impatient for Spencer Pickett's family to move in with his grandma, GG; as readers of the series' first installment know, waiting isn't Cody's strong suit. Read full book review >
TELL ME A TATTOO STORY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Love that is skin-deep. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A father tells his son about the tattoos that mark milestones in his life. Read full book review >
WHEREVER YOU GO by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places—and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A rabbit's cross-country bike excursion introduces the open road, its free-wheeling, giddy freedom, and its role in connecting travelers to an ever changing landscape of new friends and communities. Read full book review >
CODY AND THE FOUNTAIN OF HAPPINESS by Trisha Springstubb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Cody is sure to make friends with many readers, who will cross their fingers and hope for further adventures. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Well-meaning Cody is excited about the first day of her summer vacation. Read full book review >
THE GRUDGE KEEPER by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Wordplay and humor provide an effective vehicle for a valuable moral. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper." So begins this original fairy tale that provides a literal illustration of the idiom "holding a grudge." Read full book review >
THE INTERRUPTED TALE by Maryrose Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"The history and nature of the Ashton curse at least begins to move out of the shadows at last. Still, much else remains to be illuminated in future sequels, which fans will be howling for. (finished illustrations not seen) (Comic melodrama. 10-12)"
Amid much mention of cake and iambic pentameter, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females survives a challenge thanks to its star graduate, nanny Penelope Lumley, and her three wolfish wards. Read full book review >
MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS by Eliza Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2013

"Children might enjoy the round, tiny lady as she reads to her seeds by firefly light or sets them afloat from her leaf boat, but a far better choice would be Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, by Edith Pattou and illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2001). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Wheeler has a graceful way with the petals and fronds of her imaginary landscape but a harder time with the logic and metaphor of the story. Read full book review >