Books 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

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.

Valentine's Day is coming, and Jackson's friend Cooper notices Jackson is acting differently: He stuffs a special valentine with chocolates, brings a flower to school that then disappears and worries that rival Carter is cute classmate Cami's boyfriend. Read full book review >

NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT by Gennifer Choldenko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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
FICTION
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
FICTION
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
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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 >