Books by Gill Rosner

SIXTH GRADE by Susie Morgenstern
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

First American edition of an early work by the author of Book of Coupons (2001), and inspired by her own daughter's experiences, this episodic tale of a young go-getter triumphing despite dreadful teachers and indifferent classmates will strike multiple chords of recognition in young readers. As junior high looms, then starts, Margot's anxiety expresses itself in panic attacks at home—to which her distracted mother's mantra, "You'll get used to it," becomes a running joke—and a compulsive, though ultimately frustrated, urge to organize her fellow students in school. The setting is French, and therefore mildly exotic, but Margot's year includes plenty of all-too-familiar features, from September's feeding frenzy in the store's school-supply section to the daily lunchroom stampede, from minor pranks merry or hurtful, to a post-Christmas plague of MP3 players (an obvious bit of updating). While the lazy, clueless, arbitrary faculty takes a drubbing, Margot's peers display a realistic mix of cruelty, confusion, and kindness—a crowd-pleasing combination that should make this as popular in English as its award-winning progenitor has been across the pond. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
SECRET LETTERS FROM 0 TO 10 by Susie Morgenstern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

This charming translation of a French award-winner is certain to enchant readers on this side of the Atlantic. Ernest is ten, and his life is utterly predictable. He lives with his ancient grandmother and her equally ancient housekeeper in a silent house without television or telephone, populated with memories of the dead. Ernest knows his mother died when he was born, and his father disappeared thereafter. Into his completely ordered life breezes Victoria, a new classmate with 13 brothers and a decidedly unimpeded view of life. She introduces Ernest to everything from chocolate to her baby brother, and her exuberant, hugely entertaining family welcomes him. Before he knows it, Ernest has convinced his grandmother to go out one Sunday, and he begins to ask her, ever so tentatively, about his life, and hers. It is at Victoria's home that he catches a glimpse on television of a man who looks just like him—could it be his father? All this is presented in a spritely and sweet style, occasionally eccentric and intensely French. Ernest's father has written him a letter every day of Ernest's life, and his first gesture is to send these, the "0 to 10" letters of the title, to him. A novel to cherish. (Fiction. 9-14) Read full book review >