Books by Gennifer Choldenko

ONE-THIRD NERD by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"Reminiscent of Judy Blume's work, this endearing story will make many children laugh and allow some to see a part of themselves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best known for her Tales from Alcatraz series, Choldenko writes for a slightly younger set in this celebration of family ingenuity. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE THROWS ME A CURVE by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"It's earnest Moose, always striving to do the right thing, who elevates this tale, like a hard-hit baseball, into the stratosphere. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Most people's lives (and the best books) have more than one plotline. Read full book review >
DAD AND THE DINOSAUR by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Dads get it: being brave takes work…and a dinosaur. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With Dad on his side, a kid finds it easier to be brave. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
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
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
CHILDREN'S
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 >
NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

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

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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

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
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

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
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

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

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

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 >