Books by Jaime Zollars

WICKED NIX by Lena Coakley
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"This dark twist on the old legend of stolen children is a spooky, compelling read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a man-people moves into the old cottage in the woods, Wicked Nix isn't happy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A brainy, satisfying assemblage of puzzles with an immensely likable protagonist. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
Winter in the inn above the River Skidwrack finds Milo and his parents hosting several guests who are not what they seem—and a mystery to be solved. Read full book review >
FOXHEART by Claire Legrand
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Tedious and derivative. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old white girl discovers she is a witch and sets off to fight forces of evil with her magical animal companion. Read full book review >
ENTER A GLOSSY WEB by McKenna Ruebush
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This trilogy opener may not be consistently inventive, but there are enough peculiar, oddball moments to keep readers surprised from beginning to end. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
This debut fantasy tests the theory that a great opening and closing number will cause an audience to forgive almost anything. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"An abundantly diverting mystery seasoned with mild fantasy and just a little steampunk. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)"
When his parents' hotel fills up with a variety of unexpected guests just days before Christmas, Milo is caught up in mysterious goings-on. Read full book review >
THE SHABBAT PUPPY by Leslie Kimmelman
Released: April 1, 2012

"An effective presentation of the weekly religious observance as a personal reflection on life's simple pleasures. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The peaceful respite offered by Shabbat is celebrated in the nature walks a boy and his grandfather enjoy. Read full book review >
NOT A BUZZ TO BE FOUND by Linda Glaser
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A great overview—for more specifics about each insect, check out Judy Allen's Backyard Books series. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
This look at how insects survive the cold may have young naturalists scouring the winter landscape to find them for themselves. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

In as fine a game of Grossout as ever was, a child squires an anxious-looking friend around a diner in which, she claims, the cuisine runs to Pumpkin Asparagus Pie and Greasily Niblets, the floor is so slick that booths sometimes slide out into the street and the proprietor is decidedly witchy: "Sometimes Ethelmae grins at you, and you can see her tooth." Zollars's canted, full-bleed café scenes follow suit, with views of diners chowing down on a pig's head, a trophy-sized cockroach fixed to a platter above the counter and basement restrooms surrounded by a flood crawling with "nefarious wigglepedes." Still, unlike Merrilee Kutner's Zombie Nite Café (2007), as depicted by Ethan Long, or Jane Breskin Zalben's Saturday Night at the Beastro (2004), it's not all bad, for "Inside the Slidy Diner, there are dark, blue secrets. / And silver whispers. / Inside the Slidy Diner there are magic trapdoors. / To birthdays and Saturdays." Best yet, all "goodbyes have been banned!" Here's a diner well worth repeated visits—but steer clear of the "chocolate" milk. (Picture book. 6-9) Read full book review >
NOT IN ROOM 204 by Shannon Riggs
Released: March 1, 2007

Regina Lillian Hadwig loves Room 204. Her teacher, Mrs. Salvador, makes sure that all of the children follow the rules. Desks are kept neat, wisecracks are not allowed and there is no fighting. "In Room 204, we keep our bodies to ourselves," Mrs. Salvador says. When the class does a unit on Stranger Danger, Mrs. Salvador mentions that it's not only strangers who touch children in ways they shouldn't be touched, and tells the class in no uncertain terms that she knows exactly how to help if any of them has such a problem. When Regina comes in early the next morning and reveals that her father has been touching her inappropriately, Mrs. Salvador repeats that she knows exactly what to do, and unburdened and relaxed, Regina is now ready for a new day at school. Overall, the text is strong and graceful, the story manages to avoid proselytizing and appealing illustrations grace the pages. If the ending is pat, it may serve a purpose: comforting readers. A good choice for parents and teachers who plan to address safety and molestation with children. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >