Books by Jane Buchanan

SEED MAGIC by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"In the end, good intentions, bright colors, a gentle voice and an agreeable theme do not jell into a successful book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale about the quest for magic and beauty struggles to bring its various parts together, leaving only an impression of what the story might have been. Read full book review >
GOODBYE, CHARLEY by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2004

"No monkey business about it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Celie's strong 12-year-old voice focuses the semi-omniscient third-person narrative, eloquently revealing her attitudes about the severe 1943 Gloucester, Massachusetts, community spirit, which is much too serious for the kind of childhood her Dad thinks his children need. Read full book review >
THE BERRY-PICKING MAN by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2003

"Rich and true. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Old Sam, the berry-picking man, smells bad, has terrible manners, and talks to himself all the time. Read full book review >
HANK’S STORY by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2001

"Hank eventually frees himself and comes to believe that the brutal man had power over him in part because he allowed it, hardly the circumstance for the majority of children who live with a violent alcoholic, but affecting nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Setting her story in 1923, Buchanan (Gratefully Yours, 1997, etc.) once again explores the plight of a parentless youngster sent by "orphan train" to rural Nebraska. Read full book review >
GRATEFULLY YOURS by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1997

"From the hardscrabble, no-nonsense tone, readers will infer that these are tough people living difficult lives, and while the topic of orphan trains has been overused of late, Buchanan's lean treatment is all her own. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1923, Hattie travels on one of the ``orphan trains'' to Nebraska to live with a couple, Henry and Elizabeth, who are still grieving after the death of their son and their daughter's stillbirth. Read full book review >