Books by Gloria Houston

LITTLEJIM'S DREAMS by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans of the previous books (Littlejim's Gift, 1994, etc.) will not be disappointed. (b&w illustrations, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger. Read full book review >
LITTLEJIM'S GIFT by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"Life is tough, and even good deeds demand a sacrifice. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
It's Christmastime. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN VALOR by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 1994

"A taut, unusually authentic novel. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Valor's father is away fighting for the South when raiders come through their farm; clutching his medal (for which she was named) the girl hides, but her mother miscarries as a result of the raid. Read full book review >
BUT NO CANDY by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Gentle, evocative. (Young reader/Picture book. 4-9)"
To first-grader Lee, whose father runs a country store, WW II means she no more candy for an afternoon snack—``Because the sugar is used to make candy for soldiers like Uncle Ted.'' As the years pass, she helps collect scrap, accepts ration stamps from customers, and writes to her uncle: ``When you come [home] will you bring some candy, please?'' By the time he does, though, Lee has changed: she knows that Uncle Ted is more important than the Hershey Bar he brings. Read full book review >
MY GREAT-AUNT ARIZONA by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1992

"A nostalgic but appealing portrait of another generation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Echoing Barbara Cooney's fictionalized picture-book biographies of strong, independent women whose stories both challenged and exemplified their times (Miss Rumphius, 1982; Hattie and the Wild Waves, 1990), Houston (her The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, 1988, was illustrated by Cooney) recounts the story of a great-aunt who spent her entire life in rural North Carolina. Read full book review >
LITTLEJIM by Gloria Houston
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

The author of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (1988) writes of a boy's wish to be "right much of a man." Read full book review >