Books by Geraldine McCaughrean

Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"This innovative Nutcracker has a magical appeal all its own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The enduring magic of E.T.A. Hoffman's holiday story is captured in this innovative interpretation, which offers enchanting illustrations and a skillfully retold story. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: May 17, 2011

A companion to the achingly effervescent prairie epic Stop the Train! (2003). Read full book review >

THE DEATH-DEFYING PEPPER ROUX by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Poor Pepper Roux (his nickname "le pauvre," or "pitiful one," was confused at school with "poivre," French for "pepper") has been waiting for death for as long as he can remember. Read full book review >

THE WHITE DARKNESS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

A teenager's coming of age undergoes particularly harsh annealing in this intense, inwardly focused survival tale. Read full book review >

PETER PAN IN SCARLET by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

In the year's most hyped title for young readers, the much-honored McCaughrean delivers an "authorized" sequel that stays true to the original's style and spirit but speaks to modern sensibilities as well. Read full book review >

CYRANO by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Having revisited everyone from Gilgamesh to Hercules to Noah and even Peter Pan, McCaughrean turns her considerable talent to another fascinating figure: Cyrano de Bergerac. Read full book review >

FATHER AND SON by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Joseph is often the forgotten figure of the Nativity scene: steadfast in his presence, but not able to fully claim the traditional paternal role. Read full book review >

SMILE! by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

A fast-paced opener finds Flash, photographer-pilot, plummeting to the earth, cushioned by trees and thrown out of the cockpit, while flames gobble up his plane upon final impact. Read full book review >

THESEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

McCaughrean rounds off her four volume "Heroes" series with Hercules (ISBN: 0-8126-2737-7, $15.95) and this rendition of Theseus's larger-than-life feats and foibles. Read full book review >

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

A masterpiece from a gifted storyteller presents the tale of Noah and the Great Flood as anything but a joyride. Read full book review >

PERSEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2005

With customary flair, McCaughrean retells the tale of Perseus, from the liaison of his imprisoned mother Danaë with Zeus (as a golden shower) through his decapitation of Medusa, marriage to lovely Andromeda, all "white and gold and flashing lapis lazuli," and final inadvertent killing of his grandfather, King Acrisius. Read full book review >

ODYSSEUS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

The much-honored McCaughrean opens a series featuring heroes of antiquity with a characteristically rousing retelling of The Odyssey. Read full book review >

GILGAMESH THE HERO by Geraldine McCaughrean
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

McCaughrean turns in a robust, exciting rendition of the world's oldest written epic. Read full book review >

STOP THE TRAIN! by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

Florence, Oklahoma, didn't really exist. Read full book review >

CASTING THE GODS ADRIFT by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

Much-honored storyteller McCaughrean views the court of Pharaoh Akhenaten through the eyes of an awed young artist. Read full book review >

ONE BRIGHT PENNY by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

The flavor and spirit of a traditional tale permeate this original story of a child who finds a way to outsmart her mean daddy without causing a family rift. Read full book review >

MY GRANDMOTHER’S CLOCK by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

Compulsive clock-watchers may come away from this poetic disquisition with some truer ways of telling time. Read full book review >

THE KITE RIDER by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2002

An ancient—and terrifying—maritime practice becomes the impetus for a cracking good adventure story set in 13th-century China, after the Mongol conquest. Read full book review >

ROMAN MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2001

In this companion to Greek Myths (1993), McCaughrean and Clark present 15 tales, some expropriated from the ancient Greeks, others, such as the origin of the Lares, and the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, distinctively Roman. Read full book review >

STARRY TALES by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2001

McCaughrean maintains the dizzyingly high standards of The Golden Hoard (1996) and its sequels with this thematic collection of sky myths and legends. Read full book review >

HOW THE REINDEER GOT THEIR ANTLERS by Geraldine McCaughrean
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

A misleading title is the only stumble in this orotund, beguilingly illustrated original tale, a children's-book debut for Holland. Read full book review >

MY FIRST OXFORD BOOK OF STORIES by Geraldine McCaughrean
FICTION
Released: July 11, 2000

Twelve chestnuts in standard versions, lightly massaged by McCaughrean (Grandma Chickenlegs, 1999, etc.) and illustrated with plenty of small, finely detailed vignettes. Read full book review >

THE STONES ARE HATCHING by Geraldine McCaughrean
FANTASY
Released: May 31, 2000

McCaughrean (Pirate's Son, 1999, etc.) sends a lad through as fine an array of malign faeries, usteys, corn wives, soul-stealing merrows, skinless muckelavees, and other deadly bogles as ever lurked in Celtic folklore, in hopes of slaying a dragon literally "half the size of Wales." Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 15, 1999

The familiar tale of a child surviving a visit to Baba Yaga's chicken-legged abode has never been told with more gusto. Read full book review >

THE PIRATE'S SON by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

McCaughrean (The Bronze Cauldron, p. 661, etc.) swashes buckles with the best in this rousing tale of two British orphans stranded among Madagascar pirates with a pirate captain's troubled son. Read full book review >

THE BRONZE CAULDRON by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1998

Continuing their collaboration on collections of stories (The Golden Hoard, 1996; The Silver Treasure, 1997), McCaughrean and Willey serve up 27 stories from around the world, focusing this time on individuals. Read full book review >

UNICORNS! UNICORNS! by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

McCaughrean (Silver Treasure, p. 144, etc.) fashions a legend for the unicorns that gets hung up on idolatry: These creatures are too wonderful, too selfless for their own good. Read full book review >

MOBY DICK by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work—of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN HOARD by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

McCaughrean (The Odyssey, 1995, etc.) makes good on the subtitle—``Myths and Legends of the World''—with 22 exploits by the likes of Coyote, the Polynesian trickster Maui, Robin Hood, and St. Read full book review >

THE ODYSSEY by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1995

A classic expertly retold, issued in a handsome, slightly oversize format with Ambrus's robust illustrations. The siege of Troy ends ``in a flash of fire, a splash of blood and a trampling of horses,'' and Odysseus sets out on the journey home, little knowing how long and hazardous it will be. Read full book review >

OVER THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Daisaku Ikeda
FICTION
Released: May 3, 1993

Akiko and Hiroshi are lonely on the island to which their parents' work has brought them, until they meet Pablo, who shows them the tropical world's entrancing secrets, teaches them to paddle an outrigger canoe, and shares the delights of a coral reef. Read full book review >

GREEK MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 1993

The much-honored McCaughrean (A Pack of Lies, 1989, Carnegie Medal) slyly telegraphs the philosophy behind these grand renditions in describing how Athene turns Arachne into a spider to punish the matchless weaver for her arrogance—yet Arachne's gloriously beautiful fabric depicts the gods doing ``silly things...squabbling, lazing about, and bragging. Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS AND THE MOON by Daisaku Ikeda
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

An unabashedly didactic story by the Japanese author of The Cherry Tree (p. 466), with a heavy-handed message made remarkably palatable by English adaptor Geraldine McCaughrean's lyrical text and Wildsmith's gorgeous illustrations. Read full book review >

THE CHERRY TREE by Daisaku Ikeda
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

Mourning their father, who died in a war that also left their home in ruins, Taichi and his sister Yumiko decide to help an old man who is wrapping a damaged cherry tree in straw mats as protection against the cold, in the hope that—for the first time since war began—the tree will bloom. Read full book review >

THE SNOW COUNTRY PRINCE by Daisaku Ikeda
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A gentle Japanese tale about two children who care for the birds, especially an injured swan, while their father is away for the winter fishing. Read full book review >