Books by Gary Kelley

THE EMILY SONNETS by Jane Yolen
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Overall, though, these poems, illustrations and substantial notes combine well to lend a rounded portrait of this American poet every young reader needs to discover. (Picture book/poetry. 10-14)"
A sonnet sequence encapsulates the biography of one of America's most intriguing poets, Emily Dickinson. Read full book review >
AND THE SOLDIERS SANG by J. Patrick Lewis
FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Grim, upsetting and utterly beautiful, this is both a strong anti-war statement and a fascinating glimpse of a little-known historical event. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
Definitely for older children (and most likely to be appreciated by adults), this version of the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is told through the eyes of a fictional young Welshman, with a terse yet lyrical text and stark, dramatic illustrations. Read full book review >
DARK FIDDLER by Aaron Frisch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A discography should have been included. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8 & up)"
His name is familiar today only to lovers of musical virtuosity, but in his brief life the Italian-born violinist and composer thrilled late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe with his brilliant style, unnatural technique and stage presence. Read full book review >
ELEANOR, QUIET NO MORE by Doreen Rappaport
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Suitable for reading aloud as well as independently, this is a gracious and admiring portrait, a splendid way to introduce the "First Lady of the World" to a new generation of young children. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Unhappy and quiet as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt learned to speak for herself as a teenager, encouraged her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's political career and made one for herself during his presidency and after his death, defending the weak and fighting for freedoms. Read full book review >
BLACK CAT BONE by J. Patrick Lewis
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A stylish and artful work that will hold appeal for adults as well. (Picture book. 11+)"
Lewis offers an unconventional biography of the Mississippi blues legend. Read full book review >
BOSHBLOBBERBOSH by J. Patrick Lewis
HUMOR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Kelley's imposing paintings are masterful in the technique, comic in the approach, capturing a bit of the nonsense in Lear's writing, but focusing more on his life. (Picture book/poetry. 7-11)"
Lewis (Doodle Dandies, p. 896, etc.) turns his admiration for Edward Lear into inspiration for a collection of biographical poems about his literary hero. Read full book review >
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH by Bruce Coville
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A volume for those who are certain that this kind of adaptation—reduces an intense psychological study to a slim story of multiple murders—will not prejudice children against future encounters with the Bard. (Picture book. 9-12)"
 Tempting readers into this dramatic retelling, the introduction calls this a ``horrific tale of witches, murder, ghosts and revenge.'' Coville (William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1996, etc.) repeats most of the play's famous phrases (condensing the ``Double double, toil and trouble'' incantation to six lines) and expertly captures the original's lurid supernatural manifestations and dark tone. Read full book review >
THE RED HEELS by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"What an extraordinary gift for young readers: a romance that hints at the real complexity of adult love without sentimentality, coyness, or sexism. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
 This original tale from San Souci (Kate Shelley, 1995, etc.), based on a colonial New England legend, makes a richly imagined and tenderly evocative love story. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS OF THE REDDLE MOON by J. Patrick Lewis
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"1132, etc.) tale is hauntingly evocative of the mysterious heaths and an age when magic was closer to Earth than it is now. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+)"
 Two children are lost in a blizzard while they are on their way home on Christmas Eve in early 20th-century England. Read full book review >
THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"Irish, Cain, Chandler and of course Macdonald."
Simply, these are seven stories about Hammett's no-name, middle-aging detective who first appeared in the Black Mask — "long unavailable" (query — never in book form before?). Read full book review >