Books by Greg Ruth

OTHER WORLDS by Jon Scieszka
edited by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Greg Ruth
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"The perennially tantalizing "What if…" gets an above-average workout here. (author bios; not seen) (Short stories. 10-13)"
The fourth Guys Read collection presents an all-star lineup with nine new stories and one oldie-but-goody. Read full book review >
THE LOST BOY by Greg Ruth
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A refreshing fantasy in which not all is spelled out, with tantalizing hints at a sequel. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A mysterious reel-to-reel tape player may solve a local mystery, but it may also lead to gravest peril. Read full book review >
RED KITE, BLUE KITE by Ji-li Jiang
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Though this is told against the backdrop of a dark part of Chinese history, any child coping with separation from a loved one may find comfort in this story. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set during the Cultural Revolution in China, a heartwarming tale of a father and son whose love never stops soaring. Read full book review >
THE SEA WOLVES by Christopher Golden
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"An odd but well-executed idea. (Paranormal adventure. 10-16)"
Young Jack London continues his supernatural adventures as the authors soup up London's original The Sea Wolf to fit the current paranormal craze. Read full book review >
CITY OF ORPHANS by Avi
Kirkus Star
by Avi, illustrated by Greg Ruth
FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Heroic deeds, narrow escapes, dastardly villains, amazing coincidences and a family rich in love and hope are all part of an intricate and endlessly entertaining adventure. Terrific! (Historical fiction. 10-14) "
An immigrant family tries to survive crime, poverty and corruption in 1893 New York City. Read full book review >
THE WILD by Christopher Golden
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Sloppy plotting and a slow setup make this whitewash of randy, alcoholic, socialist London unsatisfying; let's hope future volumes show improvement. (Historical fantasy. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Jack London heads to the Yukon Territory in search of gold, adventure and his place in the world. Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS by Lewis Buzbee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"The sights, sounds and stenches of 19th-century London are palpable even without the moody black-and-white illustrations. (note on "Children and Charles Dickens") (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
Twelve-year-old Meg Pickel hasn't slept a single night in the six months since her 15-year-old brother Orion mysteriously disappeared. Read full book review >
A PIRATE’S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE by James Preller
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2010

"Good fun, me hearties. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy with pirates on the brain navigates the first day of school. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Comics artist Ruth provides a few atmospheric illustrations to this fast-paced, authentically styled caper. (cast list, endpaper map) (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a fresh go at an angle taken by Robert Newman back in the '80s, Mack and Citrin present a hitherto-undocumented case from the point of view of the squad of street children Holmes occasionally employed. Read full book review >