Books by George Ella Lyon

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. She lives in London and Huntington Beach, California.


BOATS FLOAT! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young navigation enthusiasts, from bathtub ships' captains to ocean-cruiser wannabes, will enjoy this voyage. (Picture book. 4-7)"
WHAT FOREST KNOWS by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Lyon's ability to see the connections among things and her affection for the natural world, amply demonstrated in earlier works, shine through this latest offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An extended poetic appreciation for what goes on in a forest through the seasons. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON by J. Patrick Lewis
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A powerful yet accessible guide to 'one day in 1963 [that] [b]elongs to every age.' (authors' note, guide to participants, bibliography, websites, further reading, index) (Poetry/fiction. 10 & up)"
Lewis and Lyon join forces for a fictionalized account of one of the pivotal moments in U.S. civil rights history. Read full book review >
PLANES FLY! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"This exciting invitation to take to the air is one energetic and entertaining journey for adventurers and aviation lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Imagination takes flight in this masterfully illustrated, bouncing verse for the plane-obsessed. Read full book review >
HOLDING ON TO ZOE by George Ella Lyon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 17, 2012

"Still, an intriguing window into the life of a damaged teen. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After an operation for an ectopic pregnancy, an emotionally distraught 16-year-old girl struggles to care for her imaginary baby over the objections of her caring best friend and angry, joyless mother. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Lyon has given today's readers a stirring story about yesterdays. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
"Folk songs are alive," states Lyon in her author's note, and none is more so than "Which Side Are You On?" Read full book review >
THE PIRATE OF KINDERGARTEN by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

"In single or double vision, Ginny simply glows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ginny loves reading circle, but getting there is a bit of a challenge because only half the chairs are real. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME AND HOME SWEET HOME by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"A heartfelt, welcome addition to any collection and a happy fictive complement to David Rubel's If I Had a Hammer (2009), which celebrates Habitat for Humanity. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Owning a home is arguably the American Dream, and children share in it. Read full book review >
SLEEPSONG by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Words and images together create a gentle rock-a-bye rhythm, topping off a collaborative effort that should grace all children's collections. (lyrics and music) (Picture book. 0-3)"
Lyon's sonorous words meld with Catalanotto's dreamy gouache-and-watercolor paintings in this tender lullaby. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND, THE STARFINDER by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lyon's sensitive tale, spun from a childhood memory, is doubly ruminative: Its female narrator relates two boyhood reminiscences told her by an elderly neighbor. Read full book review >
TRUCKS ROLL! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2007

"This is a great way to get young reading engines revved up and rolling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Standing out as bright and unique in an increasingly competitive genre of picture books highlighting wheeled machines, Lyon and Frazier team up to seamlessly combine loads of truck facts with some funky whimsy to mesmerize the tot that can't get enough. Read full book review >
NO DESSERT FOREVER! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"An offbeat winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Lyon and Catalanotto capture the experience many children will recognize: What happens when the wrong kid gets the scolding? Read full book review >
SONNY’S HOUSE OF SPIES by George Ella Lyon
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"You'll know Sonny when you're finished reading his story—and you'll be glad you do. (Fiction 12-14)"
Life changed for Sonny and his family when his father walked out the door. Read full book review >
WEAVING THE RAINBOW by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"The beauty of the pictures and the rhythm of the language will entrance children even if they have never thought about sheep, or weaving at all, and they will come away with a bit of knowledge wrapped around a weft of joy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Lyon can make lyrical prose out of anything at all: here she recounts the birth, growth, and shearing of a flock of sheep; then the cleaning, spinning, dyeing, and weaving of a tapestry. Read full book review >
MOTHER TO TIGERS by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A photograph on the back cover of the author at the Bronx Zoo as a ten-year-old, holding a book by Helen Martini, adds another personal note. (Picture book. 4-9)"
This true story, although slight, will go right to the hearts of young animal lovers. Read full book review >
GINA.JAMIE.FATHER.BEAR. by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Rich, subtle storytelling. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Lyon (One Lucky Girl, 2000, etc.) twines parallel tales around two young people whose fathers, both single parents, keep disappearing on mysterious errands. Read full book review >
A TRAVELING CAT by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's rare to find such a distinctly drawn animal character without a trace of an anthropomorphic trait, but Boulevard is through and through a cat among cats. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Some cats are born to travel, and such a one is Boulevard, who appears at a drive-in one evening, stays with the young narrator and her family for a year, then leaves as the spring floods arrive. Read full book review >
COUNTING ON THE WOODS by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Neither a true counting book, nor a strictly informational book, nor a story, this succeeds in all its riveting detail as a tribute to a place that both author and photographer hold dear. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A book organized around a counting theme features crisp, close-up photography—in colors so vivid, they hardly seem real- -to celebrate the beauty of a forest in Kentucky. Read full book review >
A SIGN by George Ella Lyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those who love Lyon's books will have a too-brief glimpse of her childhood; those seeking a lesson about finding one's purpose will find that and nothing more. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Lyon (Counting on the Woods, p. 115, etc.) writes of all the things she wanted to do or to be when she was a child, attempting to bring those youthful ambitions together to account for the career she ultimately chose. Read full book review >
ADA'S PAL by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Young readers who have loved and lost dogs may be more interested in the original thought, particularly in early readings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lyon (A Day at Damp Camp, 1996, etc.) piles detail upon detail about friendship, first between the first-person narrator, a girl, and Ada, ``a black mop-without-a-handle'' dog; then between Ada and Troublesome, a big, yellow ``knock-the-mail-carrier-down'' dog; and finally between Ada and Pal, the ``golden pup'' from the shelter. Read full book review >
A DAY AT DAMP CAMP by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"What drives the book is the design alone; it may not be enough to keep and hold readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A book of pictures and rhymes about life in a girls' camp, highly original in style, but sadly undistinguished in substance, from veteran collaborators (Dreamplace, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
FIVE LIVE BONGOS by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A lively invitation to readers, artists, inventors, and musicians to come join the anarchic fun. (Fiction/Picture book. 3- 8)"
Painter/Dad wants his children to sit quietly and learn to paint, but ``the Bongos'' have their own ideas. Read full book review >
HERE AND THEN by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Lyrical and beautifully crafted. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An oblique look at war as seen by a seventh-grader who, unlike her Civil War-buff parents, comes to understand that its evils are real. Read full book review >
MAMA IS A MINER by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A sober, richly expressive look at a hard way of life, underlining this mother's courage and uncomplaining persistence. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The narrator, depicted in Catalanotto's impressionistic watercolors as of primary-school age, describes her mother's work in simple, gracefully cadenced sentences occasionally varied with rhythmic verse (``Firedamp, blackdamp,/Fire Boss checks the air./Bad top, kettle bottom:/don't go there''). Read full book review >
DREAMPLACE by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"The best yet from a uniquely gifted team. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
In the manner of Lyon and Catalanotto's other visions of the past as immanent in the present (Who Came Down That Road?, 1992): a glimpse of the Anasazi as vividly imagined by a child visiting the ruins at Colorado's Mesa Verde. Read full book review >
WHO CAME DOWN THAT ROAD? by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A lovely, beautifully crafted book that makes an unusually effective response to a prototypical question. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A mother and child look at a path near their home, ``Just a trace through the woods'' but one that's long been traveled. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDE INN by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Offbeat, but definitely worth a try. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``What's for breakfast? Read full book review >