Books by Elizabeth D. Crawford

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Excessive explanation and exposition renders this conclusion dull and slow. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
A series that began with offbeat potential ends with tedium. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Meyer's prose style can feel aloof and awkward; however, the complex loyalties and unusual settings are memorable. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Meyer's second entry in this surreal German fantasy has interesting concepts, but average prose. Read full book review >
PIRATE CURSE by Kai Meyer
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Neither original nor thought-provoking, but awash in swashbuckling fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Meyer decants a frothy draught of piratical adventure to open this series. Read full book review >
THE WATER MIRROR by Kai Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Merle, Junipa and Serafin will need to puzzle out who's good and who's bad as this flowing, offbeat tale continues. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In a fanciful Venice under siege, thoughtfulness and adventure combine. Read full book review >
BLUEPRINT by Charlotte Kerner
FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"Disturbing and unsettling, this is less a translation of a particular culture than a human face on a question that is intriguing worldwide. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Siri is the daughter/twin of Iris and one of the first cloned beings in this seamless translation of German author Kerner's exploration of the psychological reality for cloned humans. Read full book review >
HALINKA by Mirjam Pressler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An unwieldy cast inhabits the sketchily laid-out post-WWII setting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A book, a friend, and a piece of sculpture put small cracks in the shell that an abused Polish-German foster child has built around herself, but Pressler allows only very observant readers to glimpse the hurt that shell was built to contain. Read full book review >
THE ROBBER AND ME by Joseph Holub
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is a sophisticated read, for those who like to escape to times past and lands far away, with a translator's note to provide context. (glossary) (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's hard to ask for more than this: an old-fashioned story that starts with an orphan, includes a mystery, and ends happily. Read full book review >
BROTHERS LIKE FRIENDS by Klaus Kordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 1992

"Still, a moving story and a particularly authentic account of the period. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1950, an autobiographical novel first published in 1978, by an award-winning Berlin author making his US debut. Read full book review >
A KNIGHT'S BOOK by Ali Mitgutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

An old knight tells about some of his youthful experiences as Squire Wolflieb, accompanying his poor but admired Sir Frank to a tournament at a well-defended castle. Read full book review >