Books by Gloria Whelan

QUEEN VICTORIA'S BATHING MACHINE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"A funny and intimate behind-the-scenes look at royal family life by the National Book Award-winning Whelan (Homeless Bird, 2000). (author's note, photo of actual bathing machine, bibliography, websites) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Victorian era is often caricatured as a time of excessive modesty, and this buoyant, rhyming picture book highlights a royal example with affection and good humor. Read full book review >
ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"An entertaining, if fanciful look at colonial India in transition. (author's note, text of Gandhi's letter of 1920, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), heroine Rosalind dances with the Prince of Wales during his 1921 visit to India and does her bit for Gandhi's independence movement. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO WANTED TO COOK by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2011

"Needs more spice. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A riveting tale of French life? Read full book review >
MEGAN'S YEAR by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This portrayal of a rarely visited group enjoys mixed success. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The road less traveled makes for a difficult path for an itinerant family. Read full book review >
SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >
SEE WHAT I SEE by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Kate's journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching, if not as powerfully moving as it could be. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kate Tapert is caught between two consuming passions: a drive to capture on canvas the austere beauty of her rural Upper Peninsula hometown of Larch, Mich., and a devotion to her mother. Read full book review >
THE LOCKED GARDEN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"While some plot details are convenient, this exceptional story never lets the focus override the characterization. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
From page one, National Book Award winner Whelan establishes a strong sense of time, unusual setting and characters—an asylum for the mentally ill in 20th-century Michigan. Read full book review >
AFTER THE TRAIN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Reductive morality and characterizations muffle the meaningful core of this post-World War II identity crisis. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARED by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"This will be a new subject for most young readers, and it will be eye opening. (epilogue, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she was little, Silvia loved visiting the zoo, where "danger was safely caged," and the theater, where the misery and murder on stage disappeared when the curtain came down. Read full book review >
YUKI AND THE ONE THOUSAND CARRIERS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"An excellent introduction to the art of haiku and the world of old Japan. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Yuki's father, a provincial governor, has been summoned from Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Read full book review >
PARADE OF SHADOWS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Though a map would be useful for a work so rooted in time and place, and the epilogue seems unfinished, Whelan has crafted yet another fine work of historical fiction with a likable and strong-willed heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1907, and 16-year-old Julia Hamilton has left behind her sheltered British schoolgirl life to travel with her father to the Levant, "the lands around the distant Mediterranean with exotic names like Syria and Jerusalem." Read full book review >
SUMMER OF THE WAR by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"An exceptional portrayal of how war becomes personal. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Summers on Turtle Island have always been perfect, an idyllic escape for Belle (14), her three siblings, parents and grandparents. Read full book review >
THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >
LISTENING FOR LIONS by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers will cheer as the truth sets Rachel free, and as she, against all odds, becomes a doctor and returns to Africa to rebuild the hospital where her father healed patients before her. (glossary, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Raised in British East Africa, Rachel knows well that when parents die, their young are vulnerable to attack. Read full book review >
FRIENDS ON FREEDOM RIVER by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

"Another fine companion to Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome's Under the Quilt of Night (2001). (Picture book. 6-10)"
Young Louis, acting as the man of the family while his father is working north in a logging camp, is faced with a difficult decision when a family of runaway slaves calls out for help. Read full book review >
BURYING THE SUN by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, a vivid portrait of a country and a family under siege, and a testimony to human resilience. (Fiction. YA)"
In this somber companion to The Impossible Journey (2003) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan brings the horrific, 880-day Siege of Leningrad to life for young readers. Read full book review >
CHU JU’S HOUSE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Well-done and convincing. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju makes the wrenching decision to leave her peasant farm home and baby sister in post-Cultural Revolution China in order to give her parents one last chance at a pregnancy and a yearned-for son. Read full book review >
THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, this offering takes 21st-century American readers back to a time and place largely ignored in children's literature; it is a pity that this time and place are not made more immediate and vivid. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The year is 1934, and Stalin has begun his own reign of terror, rounding up political dissidents under the slightest pretext. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though readers must remember that this is all fiction, the result is a rich evocation of a fascinating experiment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Famous for the depiction of her family in Little Women, Louisa May Alcott had many more adventures only hinted at in her surviving childhood diaries. Read full book review >
THE WANIGAN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2002

"Still, readers will enjoy meeting this spirited 11-year-old, and may even be tempted to seek out Cornelia Meigs's Newbery Honor winning Swift River (1932, 1994) for a similarly rousing voyage. (author's note, illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
"I will be forced to live in low circumstances," moans bookish Annabel Lee as she and her mother prepare to follow her father and other lumberjacks down Michigan's Au Sable River aboard a "wanigan," or floating kitchen/supply raft, with a winter's crop of logs. Read full book review >
ANGEL ON THE SQUARE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A young Russian aristocrat comes of age during the Great War and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Young chapter-book readers will chuckle. (Fiction. 9-10)"
Whelan returns to the wintry midwestern locale of Welcome to Starvation Lake (not reviewed) for a tongue-in-cheek tale of fundraising gone awry. Read full book review >
RETURN TO THE ISLAND by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Still, for Mary's fans and those wishing to gain a unique insight into this short but devastating time in Native American history, this is a worthwhile read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This third installment in Whelan's Island Trilogy portrays 19th-century daily living and the tension between the Native Americans and white settlers. Read full book review >
HOMELESS BIRD by Gloria Whelan
Released: March 31, 2000

FORGIVE THE RIVER, FORGIVE THE SKY by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"The story never really comes together, but readers will appreciate Lily's take- no-prisoners style of dealing with adults. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a patchy but engaging short novel, a child cures a hurt of her own by battering down the emotional walls an injured man has erected around himself. Read full book review >
THE INDIAN SCHOOL by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"Still, the friendship between Raven and Lucy as they come to understand each other is a good lesson for readers that never seems didactic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
After her parents die in a wagon accident, Lucy, 11, goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle, the Wilkinses, who run an Indian school in northern Michigan. Read full book review >
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"That and the simple sentences in which the book is written make the book accessible to younger readers, even though it is lengthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Historical fiction set in the early days of America. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Gentle b&w illustrations. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In 1840, Libby and her parents live in Michigan, near a Potawatomi settlement. Read full book review >
BRINGING THE FARMHOUSE HOME by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Like this family, who share a delicious potluck meal before they start trading, nice through and through. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Adult siblings dividing up their parents' possessions are faced with an experience that's in some ways like preschoolers' first bouts with sharing. Read full book review >
GOODBYE VIETNAM by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An effective plea for a group whose plight, as an afterword notes, continues to worsen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The experiences of a village family, reluctantly escaping their homeland in a perilous boat trip to Hong Kong. Read full book review >