Books by Greg Leitich Smith

BORROWED TIME by Greg Leitich Smith
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Reserve this read for serious dino fans only. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
This sequel to Chronal Engine (2012) finds Max and his friend Petra thrust into the Cretaceous. Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 2014

"A close encounter that fails to engage. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Aidan's life at his family's motel gets a whole lot more interesting when aliens arrive. Read full book review >
CHRONAL ENGINE by Greg Leitich Smith
Released: March 20, 2012

"Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, like most time-travel tales, not much for internal logic. (recommended reading) (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A Back to the Future-style romp through time, though with more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti. Read full book review >
SANTA KNOWS by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a sourpuss of a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus. In his overbearing way, he tries to use logic to convince everyone that Santa is a myth, but his little sister Noelle remains a faithful believer. Her one Christmas wish in her letter to Santa is for a nicer big brother. When Alfie stays awake on Christmas Eve, Santa arrives and whisks the nonbeliever off to the North Pole for a transformative experience with his elves. On Christmas morning, a gift-wrapped and chastened Alfie is inside Noelle's huge package under the tree, fulfilling her Christmas wish with his solemn pledge to be a nicer brother. The final page shows Santa adding Alfie's name to his "nice" list, right under his sister's name. Kids will be drawn to Björkman's loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which bring additional humor to the plot and add believability to Alfie's change of heart through his facial expressions. The transformation of a nonbeliever on Christmas Eve is an old story, but Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a newly minted winner. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
TOFU AND T. REX by Greg Leitich Smith
Released: July 6, 2005

Eighth-grader Frederika Viktoria Murchison-Kowalski and her cousin Hans-Peter are not polar opposites, but they don't have much more in common than their Polish heritage. Hans-Peter works in his grandfather's deli in Chicago making sausage and slicing meat; Freddie is a militant Vegan. Hans-Peter would love to study archaeology; Freddie is dedicated to protecting the rights of our animal friends. Due to an accident that turned a protest into a bonfire, Freddie must return to Chicago from her new home in Texas and live with Hans-Peter and Opa, their grandfather. Freddie returns to wacky yet prestigious Peshtigo School, which she attended before moving—the very school to which Hans-Peter is applying. They insult each other and play pranks on each other, but ultimately help one another reach their goals. Alternating as narrators of their story, Freddie is so snarky and Hans-Peter so consciously put-upon that neither is very interesting. Both act more sixth grade than eighth. Urban students of privilege may recognize themselves; fans of the companion volume Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo might enjoy, but the few laughs won't be enough to hold the reader's attention. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >