Books by Heather Maione

THE CATS IN THE DOLL SHOP by Yona Zeldis McDonough
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A quiet treasure. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In this companion book to The Doll Shop Downstairs (2009), Anna learns the joys and challenges of adding a same-age cousin to her family. Read full book review >
THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS by Yona Zeldis McDonough
FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 2009

"A fascinating author's note lets readers in on a little secret—the birth of the Madame Alexander dolls was the inspiration for this story. (Historical fiction. 7-12)"
Mix one part Rumer Godden's The Story of Holly and Ivy and many parts Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family and you create a standout family-and-doll story. Read full book review >
HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD by Claudia Mills
FICTION
Released: March 23, 2009

"Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Third grader Oliver Olson has a problem that may make many young readers envious: His parents have a compulsion to be deeply involved in his homework, to the extent that when he's assigned a diorama on the solar system, Dad and Mom are planning to do all the work. Read full book review >
PRINCESS BESS GETS DRESSED by Margery Cuyler
FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A good choice for budding princesses both starry-eyed and sassy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A stylish young princess, weary of dressing à la mode, yearns for her favorite outfit. Read full book review >
SLY THE SLEUTH AND THE FOOD MYSTERIES by Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Not so spicy but, as Sly puts it, these cases serve up some 'food for thought.' (Fiction. 7-9)"
Sylvia the "Sleuth for Hire" is up to her gumshoe tricks again in this third Sly mystery. Read full book review >
REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI by Amy Hest
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A tender treatment of loss and recovery. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Annie is devastated by the sudden death of her mother. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"In this trio of trifles there is not a nail-biting moment to be found, but Sly and her friends do deliver a pleasant read and some clues to the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Sly runs a detective agency called "Sleuth for Hire," but she only takes cases that her cat, Taxi, would care about. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Maione inks plenty of lighthearted illustrations, mostly neighborhood scenes, for this engaging series opener. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Clear some shelf space: Young Cam Jansen has a new contemporary. Read full book review >
RUSSELL’S SECRET by Johanna Hurwitz
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is simple experience that slips the message to Russell, and it becomes his decision to go to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hurwitz takes a standard theme—"I don't want to go to school"—and develops it in an intriguing and merry fashion: It's not so much that the boy becomes bored, but how he does. Read full book review >
SUBWAY SONATA by Patricia Lakin
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"1215, etc.) puts a high gloss on the artistic process, but she certainly gets right the role of attentiveness and a freed imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An encouraging, if somewhat wooden, look at the creative process as experienced by four people drawing their inspiration from a ride on the same subway train. Read full book review >