Books by Gennifer Choldenko

CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >
PUTTING THE MONKEYS TO BED by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"With bedtime-story shelves bursting, this is one that can be set aside. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Those monkeys just don't want to sleep! Read full book review >
AL CAPONE DOES MY HOMEWORK by Gennifer Choldenko
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A satisfying finale to what has become a cornerstone series in contemporary children's literature. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Newbery Honoree Choldenko brings her trilogy about a boy and his unusual life on Alcatraz Island to a bittersweet end. Read full book review >
A GIANT CRUSH by Gennifer Choldenko
Released: Dec. 22, 2011

"Each addresses issues that affect self-esteem in a gentle, entertaining way. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Newbery Honoree Choldenko (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004) and Caldecott Honoree Sweet (A River of Words: The Story of Williams Carlos Williams, written by Jen Bryant, 2008) combine talents to tell the appealing tale of Jackson, a rather large rabbit, who is struggling with the often embarrassing, nerve-racking and exhilarating feelings of his first crush. Read full book review >
NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Fascinating, if not entirely successful. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An odd juxtaposition of contemporary reality and surreal fantasy from Newbery Honoree Choldenko. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Effortless period dialogue, fully developed secondary characters and a perfectly paced plot combine to create a solid-gold sequel that will not disappoint. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Choldenko hits a grand slam with this richly rewarding sequel about baseball-loving Moose and his life on Alcatraz in 1935. Read full book review >
IF A TREE FALLS AT LUNCH PERIOD by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This will appeal to a wide range of middle-school readers and would make a great book-club or classroom discussion. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Kirsten and Walk start the first day of seventh grade with one thing in common: They're both late. Read full book review >
LOUDER, LILI by Gennifer Choldenko
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A good read-aloud or read-alone that is sure to delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lili is so shy that her voice, when she actually says anything, is usually too soft to be heard. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GIANT by Gennifer Choldenko
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

"This certainly measures up to Valeri Gorbachev's Big Little Elephant (2005) and other portraits of disparate friends. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The smallest kid in class champions a huge newcomer in this deft, convincing suggestion that size doesn't matter. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

"Fascinating setting as a metaphor for Moose's own imprisonment and enabling some hysterically funny scenes, but a great read no matter where it takes place. (lengthy author's note with footnotes to sources) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Moose's world is turned upside down when his family moves to Alcatraz Island where his Dad has taken a job as a prison guard. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM A LIAR AND HER DOG by Gennifer Choldenko
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lots of ingredients but only moderately satisfying results. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sixth-grader Antonia "Ant" MacPherson, a difficult middle-child with "thick, straight dark hair and skin the color of a brown paper grocery bag," feels like an ugly duckling among her blond mother and sisters. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Full of humorous details (the headlines, the lonely competitor awaiting practice time, the cow's crescent moon tattoo), the scenes capture the mood perfectly, especially the close-up of the cow blasting off and the aerial view with Earth far below. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Choldenko's first book gives the lowdown on the cow who was heralded in the headlines of her time—e.g.,``Flying Bovine'' and ``Cow Shaped UFO Reported.'' The whole story of the famous flight comes straight from the horse's mouth—that is, the horse who coached her. Read full book review >