Books by Erin McGuire

Released: May 22, 2018

"Near the end of the book, a military officer says, 'In the nonsense of war, everything makes sense.' Readers may find this utterly ridiculous story utterly convincing and even sometimes heartbreaking. (Historical fantasy. 8-12)"
The most important part of this novel might be the recipe for salmon quiche. Read full book review >
ALABAMA SPITFIRE by Bethany Hegedus
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A well-intentioned effort that might not connect with its intended audience. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A scrappy young white girl from tiny Monroeville, Alabama, grows up to write the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Cynthia Rylant
Released: June 6, 2017

"This adequate but unnecessary new version could be left sleeping on the shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This version of the oft-told story opens with a fusty philosophical frontispiece: "Many see Time as a friend, and many see Time as a foe. But for a sleeping beauty, Time was a promise." Read full book review >
JELLY BEAN by Cynthia Lord
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Pet lovers will enjoy this brief, quietly attractive series opener. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Although second-grader Suzannah loves pets, she can't have one in her apartment, so the new Shelter Pet Squad sounds like the perfect alternative. Read full book review >
THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A good pick for fairy-tale fans, especially those battling their own fears. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
An isolated, insecure orphan living in magical Aletheia becomes a "real boy" when his ordered world crumbles and he must rely on himself. Read full book review >
FRENCH DUCKS IN VENICE by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A splendidly illustrated but somewhat awkwardly spun tale of inner strength found when love is lost. (Illustrated fiction. 9-14)"
Preteens weaned on Disney princesses may swoon for this melancholy modern fairy tale starring the lovely Russian dressmaker Polina Panova who is neither a French duck nor from Venice, Italy, as the title suggests. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"More than just a good story, this will appeal to lovers of Cornelia Funke as well as Andersen. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this contemporary version of The Snow Queen, fifth-grader Hazel embarks on a memorable journey into the Minnesota woods to find her best friend Jack, who vanishes after a shard of glass pierces his eye. Read full book review >
LUCKY FOR GOOD by Susan Patron
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Lucky's fans will be overjoyed to see her safely on the way to junior high, though some might miss Matt Phelan's art. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lucky and the other 42 residents of Hard Pan return in this second sequel to the Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky. Read full book review >