Books by Gail Owens

THE DOWN AND UP FALL by Johanna Hurwitz
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even an appearance by Aldo doesn't bring this one up to Hurwitz's usually charming standard. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8+)"
The fourth book in a series that includes The Up & Down Spring (1993), about three friends—Bolivia, Rory, and Derek—now in middle school. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

"For a more imaginative (yet equally serious) treatment of the impact of violence on children, see Eve Bunting's Smoky Night (p. 300). (Picture book. 4-10)"
This earnest story by the psychotherapist who wrote I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend (1987) is not really about why Daniel's friend Mr. James gets a broken arm when his store is robbed. Read full book review >
THE UP AND DOWN SPRING by Johanna Hurwitz
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Rory, Derek, and Bolivia (The Hot & Cold Summer, 1984, etc.) are back; now the Woodside, N.J., boys are visiting Bolivia in Ithaca, N.Y., where they must adjust to her unusual household (exotic food, no TV) and her full spring-vacation agenda, including (to Rory's disgust) attending a ballet. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Owen's nicely observed b&w illustrations reinforce the wholesome good humor. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
Lucky Annabelle: she makes instant friends in her new school; then, in the euphoria at the end of her first day, she invites her entire class to Grandma's for an impromptu ``birthday'' party, Grandma rises handsomely to the occasion, providing not only ice cream but a cake in full regalia. Read full book review >
THE CAT NEXT DOOR by Betty Ren Wright
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"A well- structured, comforting story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl whose treasured memories of Grandma include sharing the trust of the shy cat that visited them on the dock at their summer home is comforted, the summer after Grandma's death, to find that the cat still comes—this time, with two new kittens. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 3, 1981

"But, again, the warmth of feeling and the general vitality of the telling will effectively counter the didacticism—for many."
When (most of) these stories of Danny and the Jewish holidays appeared in Highlights for Children in the Fifties, Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family series was almost the only presentation of Jewish family life on library shelves; and to explain the holidays, librarians usually reached for Florence Mary Fitch's all-enlightening One God. Read full book review >
THE CYBIL WAR by Gail Owens
Released: April 27, 1981

"Oh yes, the young hero does end up with the girl, on an after-the-movies bicycle ride more suited than the movie date to their age and inclinations."
Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars. Read full book review >