Books by Eric Walters

SURFER DOG by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Tales of boy-meets-dog are perennially popular for good reason: they can tug powerfully at the heartstrings. Unfortunately, there is little here to distinguish this story from the pack. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Set in an unnamed tropical nation by the sea, this picture book follows a boy and the dog he's befriended as they enjoy one of their regular outings to surf at the beach. Read full book review >
FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people—lovely and illuminating. (introduction, foreword, artist bios) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A book of African proverbs illustrated by a variety of artists. Read full book review >
90 DAYS OF DIFFERENT by Eric Walters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Overly structured and flat. (Fiction. 12-16)"
After her boyfriend breaks up with her, claiming she is too predictable, 18-year-old Sophie agrees to a plan that is sure to get her out of her comfort zone. Read full book review >
AN AFRICAN ALPHABET by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A gorgeous alphabet for young adventurers. (Board book. 1-4)"
An elegant African bestiary, from the familiar to the exotic. Read full book review >
BATCAT AND THE SEVEN SQUIRRELS by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A high-interest story with a gentle message that is sure to appeal to animal lovers. (author's note) (Fiction. 5-9)"
After he finds an orphaned baby squirrel clinging to a screen door, Nathan and his parents decide to care for the animal. Read full book review >
JUNGLE LAND by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing read. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old DJ is the first grandchild to be invited on a solo adventure with his grandfather, and he's excited about it. Read full book review >
TODAY IS THE DAY by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Both deeply important and purely joyful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A different sort of birthday celebration is at the bighearted center of this picture book. Read full book review >
INNOCENT by Eric Walters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Lukewarm and unremarkable. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A young woman loses everything and must plumb her past before she can build a new life for herself. Read full book review >
END OF DAYS by Eric Walters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A theme-packed pre-apocalyptic story for ideas-loving readers. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A giant asteroid's on a collision course with Earth. Read full book review >
FIGHT FOR POWER by Eric Walters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Although less action-packed than its predecessor, the philosophical questions and killer ending will prime readers for the next book. (Adventure. 12-17)"
The struggle for survival in a world suddenly bereft of technology continues immediately from where The Rule of Three (2014) left off.Read full book review >
SLEEPER by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A fast-paced, enjoyable entrée to this mystery/adventure series. (Mystery. 10-14)"
After stumbling upon a secret compartment in the cabin of their grandfather David McLean, seven cousins decide to investigate its mysterious contents and find out who their grandfather really was. Read full book review >
WALKING HOME by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"With its dependable truisms—variations on 'the longest journey starts with a single step'—and its comforting message of the strength of family, this story should resonate with North American middle-grade readers. (Adventure. 9-13)
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Thirteen-year-old Muchoki, his mother and his little sister live in a refugee camp after fleeing the intertribal bloodshed in their Kenyan hometown of Eldoret that took the life of their Kikuyu father. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Perfect for aspiring doomsday preppers and survivalists. (Adventure. 12 & up)"
When Adam's civilization falls, there's no zombie plague or nuclear war—a computer virus destroys modern technology, and people do the rest. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS BLESSING by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With dignity and quiet acceptance, this story illustrates that blessings, like family, can take unexpected forms. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This expressive picture book, based on a real family, lovingly tells a hard story with a twist. Read full book review >
PRINCE FOR A PRINCESS by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Satisfying big-dog-meets-little-girl story. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Christina gets her wish for a dog. Read full book review >
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2012

"Richly detailed and satisfying. (Adventure. 10-16)"
Seventeen-year-old DJ attempts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in fulfillment of his grandfather's final wish to have his ashes spread at the summit. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"As a companion piece, this may be of interest to readers who enjoyed Walters' previous book; as a plea for humane treatment of feral cats, it's a somewhat clumsy but obviously heartfelt statement; unfortunately, however, it's ultimately less than the sum of its parts. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
An interesting experiment in collaborative creation and complementary storytelling, this Canadian import falls short as a stand-alone work. Read full book review >
THE MATATU by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Nevertheless, the love and respect shown between Kioko and his grandfather is both universal and sweetly evident. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A modern Kenyan folktale about the colorful vans that carry people, animals and supplies underpins a story about Kioko, an astute but literal-minded boy, and his grandfather. Read full book review >
NORTHERN EXPOSURES by Eric Walters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2008

"Still, this novel will be a great fit for Gary Paulsen fans and demonstrates a profound respect for wildlife. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Kevin hasn't a clue how to take photographs, but by accident and then deceit he wins first prize in a photo contest: a trip to Manitoba to photograph polar bears in the wild. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Bradbury's personal experience with children in northern Uganda lends credence to these narratives, and readers will share his sympathies with these innocent victims. (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Five moving, personal stories of children caught up in wars are recounted here, each followed by short sections of historical background and explanations of the conflicts. Read full book review >
SKETCHES by Eric Walters
Released: March 1, 2008

"Lacking the strong characters and emotions of Jessica Blank's Almost Home, Walters's tale remains a rough sketch. (Fiction. YA)"
Art and the street provide refuge to a hurting teen. Read full book review >