Books by Gary Schmidt

MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >
FIRST BOY by Gary Schmidt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"In this suspenseful, surprisingly over-the-top novel, Cooper finds out who he is and what he's made of through a dizzying series of unlikely events that show him, ultimately, that love conquers all. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sinister black sedans clash with rolling farmland as D.C. invades rural New Hampshire in Schmidt's latest foray into dirty politics. Read full book review >
IN GOD’S HANDS by Lawrence Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A worthy choice for all collections. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wealthy Jacob is concerned with ways to make more money but routinely falls asleep during the Rabbi's weekly Sabbath service. Read full book review >
THE WONDERS OF DONAL O’DONNELL by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"These stories within a story can be enjoyed as a good read-aloud as well as for storytelling. (Folktale. 7-9)"
Donal and his wife, Sorcha, live on the mountain high above the village of Killaloe. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Gold, indeed. (Folktales. 11+)"
The author of Straw Into Gold (2000) spins 23 brief tales drawn from collections of Hasidic legends into a deeply felt Holocaust memorial, recasting them as versions told by a concentration camp resident and set not in a timeless past, but the storyteller's present: " . . . as if they had just happened. Read full book review >