Books by Ingrid Lee

Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"Luminous illustrations, interesting backmatter, but a wordy, less-than-clear story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy and a cave-dwelling beastie encounter each other in this bedtime story. Read full book review >
CAT FOUND by Ingrid Lee
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The depth of Lee's concern for the animals is palpable, but her desire to deliver her message undercuts the effectiveness of her storytelling; for nuance, stick with Jerry Spinelli's Wringer (1997). (Fiction. 8-11)"
Lee's Dog Lost (2008) was a fictional account of one community's fear-fueled drive to euthanize every pit bull in town. Following the same formula, here she tackles the problem of feral cats. Read full book review >
THIEF GIRL by Ingrid Lee
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bad choice, good choice always come back—like ghosts." Avvy Go's mother's words haunt her. Avvy Go, a student at Oak Ridge High School, lives in a community of immigrants across a railway bridge separating her from the older, richer part of town. Her parents run a Chinese take-out restaurant at the food court, where Avvy works, but she wants to fit in at school, to cross that bridge separating the two communities and cultures. She's tried the disappearing act, keeping to herself—trying to fit in by not being seen—but realizes that "if you act like a nobody, that's what people see. No body." But to fit in, she makes a series of bad choices—stealing, lying and befriending her sister's enemy. A good girl with a powerful conscience, Avvy consults "The Oracle" in her school newspaper, who advises her to face up to her mistakes. Though Avvy's first-person voice is didactic, her story ends realistically, with no simple solutions—just a determination to get on with her life, as complicated as it may be. Lee's prose in this high-interest/low-reading level novel for teens is simple, adorned with an occasional glittering phrase: Avvy's brother, in his new, too-big white karate outfit, "drooped like an ice cream melting on a stick." A brisk tale with an important message. (Fiction. 10-15)Read full book review >
DOG LOST by Ingrid Lee
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

In her first novel published in the United States, Canadian author Lee takes on negative attitudes toward pit bulls with this tender story about a boy and his dog. Eleven-year-old Mackenzie O'Rourke's dysfunctional home offers him little comfort until his widowed, alcoholic father brings home a pit-bull puppy won in a card game. Mackenzie christens the dog Cash, and the two become inseparable. Months later, Cash fiercely defends Mac from his drunken father's rage. Angered by the dog's ferocity, Mr. O'Rourke takes Cash and abandons her in a field. Throughout the next several months, Cash barely survives. Meanwhile, as a debate about outlawing the owning of pit bulls heats up in town, a mysterious pit bull performs several acts of bravery. Is it Cash? Will it be enough to change voters' opinion? Without moralizing, the author argues that dogs, regardless of breed, can be trained to be violent—or not. Several scenes where dogs are treated cruelly are well presented. Based on a true story, this moving, fast-paced tale will appeal to fans of Shiloh. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >