Books by J. Clarke

AL CAPSELLA TAKES A VACATION by J. Clarke
FICTION
Released: May 21, 1993

"Fans may enjoy this, but it's a weaker effort all around. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In his third appearance, the 16-year-old Australian and his friend Lou hoodwink their parents into letting just the two of them vacation at Scutchthorpe, which a friend has glowingly described as a beach paradise with discos and an abundance of compliant girls. Read full book review >
RIFFRAFF by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Broad but lively humor, with a not-too-obvious moral or two. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of a YA book about some comically bizarre parents—Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1991—zeros in on an equally bizarre preadolescent. Read full book review >
AL CAPSELLA AND THE WATCHDOGS by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 1991

"What's special is Al's mellow tone: he may find his parents inconvenient or incomprehensible, but he views them with an amused tolerance that's both hilarious and endearing (and, one hopes, contagious). (Fiction. 11-15)"
In an engaging sequel to The Heroic Life of Al Capsella (1990), Al continues his affectionate sparring with parents who are almost as outlandish as they seem to his embarrassed 15-year- old eyes. Mrs. Capsella, successful author of romances, has given Al a notably lumpy, badly sewn, homemade beanbag chair that proves to contain all the ``Home Duties presents'' (apron, egg- timer, etc.) her mother had forced on her. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

From an Australian writer, 11 stories, each with a chilling, macabre touch. Read full book review >
KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE by Ted  Rand
Released: Oct. 15, 1987

"An excellent contribution."
Still gaining strength and dimension, this talented trio offers a fifth book: as an old Indian retells the story of his grandson's birth and early years, their loving relationship is revealed. Read full book review >