Books by James Preller

THE FALL by James Preller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"With its timely, important message and engaging prose style, Sam's journal ought to find a large readership. (Fiction. 10-16)"
When Morgan Mallen throws herself off of a water tower after being "terrorized on social media," classmate Sam Proctor starts a journal to sort out his role in the tragedy. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller
Released: July 17, 2012

"Solid. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A summer of love and loss nearly derails a teenage boy. 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 >
BYSTANDER by James Preller
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The role of girls is downplayed, except for classmate Mary, who is essential to the resolution, enhancing appeal across gender lines. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bullying is a topic that never lacks for interest, and here Preller concentrates on the kids who try to ignore or accommodate a bully to keep themselves safe. Read full book review >
MIGHTY CASEY by James Preller
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

As a writer of verse, Preller, author of Six Innings (2008), makes an excellent prose novelist. Read full book review >
ALONG CAME SPIDER by James Preller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The pressures Spider feels from his peers to belong and conform will resonate with middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Spider Stevens and Trey Cooper have lived next door to each other their entire lives and have been best friends throughout their years at Spiro Agnew Elementary School. Read full book review >
SIX INNINGS by James Preller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"A well-intentioned, interesting premise that falls just short. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Though Sam isn't playing in his team's championship game because he has bone cancer, he has become the team's announcer in order to remain close to the action. Read full book review >
CARDINAL AND SUNFLOWER by James Preller
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1998

"Readers will salute the cardinals and their sunflower. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With quiet elucidation, Preller tells the story of a family of cardinals in a city park. Read full book review >