Books by Jennifer L. Holm

SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Funny, poignant, and reassuringly upbeat by the end but free of glib platitudes or easy answers. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
Family troubles temporarily strand 10-year-old Sunny in a Florida retirement community. Imagine the recreational possibilities. Read full book review >
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Appealing and thought-provoking, with an ending that suggests endless possibilities. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
What would it be like if your grandfather turned up in your house as a 13-year-old boy? Read full book review >
COMICS SQUAD by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 8, 2014

"More fun than the playground at recess! (Graphic anthology. 7-12)"
An all-star comics anthology tackles everyone's favorite subject: recess. Read full book review >
GAME ON! by Jennifer L. Holm
Released: May 28, 2013

"Funny and snarky as ever, with a cautionary but reassuring message that this common malady will, like most childhood colds and fevers, run its course naturally without outside intervention. (science project, drawing page) (Graphic novel. 7-9)"
School assignments, sleep and even Super Amoeba comics go by the wayside when protozoan protagonist Squish is "infected" by a video game. Read full book review >
EXTREME BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Extremely entertaining. (Graphic fiction. 7-12)"
Babymouse + snowboard = many faceplants on the way to wisdom and cupcakes. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Ginny's story in pictures is both inviting and satisfying; readers will surely want more. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
It's common knowledge that eighth grade is one of life's low points. Here, it literally makes Ginny Davis sick. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF THE PARASITE by Jennifer L. Holm
Released: May 22, 2012

"More evidence that Squish is anything but a Wimpy Kid, for all his diminutive size. (science demo, drawing page) (Graphic novel. 7-9)"
Summer swim camp and a reckless new friend test a young amoeba's courage and moral compass alike. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW POND by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Any day there's a new Squish (or Babymouse, for that matter) is Pizza Day. (Graphic novel. 7-9)"
The single-celled everylad who oozed from the Babymouse series to start one of his own in Squish#1: Super Amoeba (2011) tries hanging with the cool crowd. Read full book review >
SQUISH, SUPER AMOEBA by Jennifer L. Holm
ADVENTURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"If ever a new series deserved to go viral, this one does. (Graphic novel. 7-9)"
The hilarious misadventures of a hapless young everylad who happens to be an amoeba. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH MAY AMELIA by Jennifer L. Holm
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 5, 2011

"Readers who enjoyed the first novel should embrace May Amelia again and may well believe that the only 'trouble' with her is that the sequel didn't happen sooner. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
More than a decade after she introduced the title character in the Newbery Honor-winning Our Only May Amelia (1999), Holm delivers a sequel, set again in the wilderness of Washington State in 1900. Read full book review >
TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer L. Holm
ADVENTURE
Released: May 25, 2010

"Sweet, funny and superb. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Eleven-year-old Turtle falls in with the Diaper Gang—her boy cousins Beans, Kermit and Buddy and their friends Ira and Pork Chop—when she is packed off to stay in her mother's hometown of Key West because her housekeeper mother has a new job with a woman who doesn't like kids. Read full book review >
BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

What's scarier than a zombie mouse? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: July 24, 2007

"A delightful collaboration. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
To-do lists, instant messages, Post-it notes, report cards, newspaper clippings, school assignments, letters and notes-to-self graphically tell the story of Ginny's seventh-grade year. Read full book review >
PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 25, 2006

"It takes so long to get there that the revelation seems rather anticlimactic, but getting to know Penny and her families makes the whole eminently worthwhile. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Penny, almost 12, is caught between two extremes: her mother's small, uptight, WASP family, and her dead father's large, exuberant, Italian one. Read full book review >
BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm
ANIMALS
Released: May 23, 2006

"Squeak. (Graphic novel. 6-8)"
The little mouse with the big personality skips through a third set of mini trials and triumphs, presented in two-color graphic novel-style panels. Read full book review >
BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"99, ISBN 0-375-93230-5). (Graphic fiction. 7-9)"
In a graphic novelette illustrated in minimal, two-color style, the Holms introduce a small, klutzy mouse with a very big imagination. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"The closing revelation that his transatlantic flight was no accident makes a tantalizing lead-in to the next episode, due in October. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Writing as "Holm & Hamel," the authors open the case files of a feline James Bond. Read full book review >
BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"While this is not as compelling as the previous two titles, Jane's fans will delight in the turn of events and celebrate with her. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third installment of her trilogy about Boston Jane, Holm continues the drama of white settlers in the Washington Territory, some of whom embrace the Chinook way of life and many of whom disdain their so-called "savage" ways. Read full book review >
THE CREEK by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"The thriller aspects, though, are on target, ratcheting up the tension with leisurely precision—sure to find a ready audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A band of preteens finds itself the target of ghoulish mischief after a neighborhood bad boy returns home from a stint in juvie. Read full book review >
BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"We can only hope that the endearing and occasionally improbable adventures of Boston Jane, with their nicely blended mix of real events and characters inspired by actual pioneers, will continue. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's now several months since Boston Jane (Boston Jane: An Adventure, 2001) arrived in Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, having traveled from proper Philadelphia to marry William and having found William married to another. Read full book review >
BOSTON JANE by Jennifer L. Holm
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An unfortunately young-looking cover illustration will limit the usefulness of this otherwise highly enjoyable historical romp. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's etiquette versus exigency in 19th-century Washington Territory. Read full book review >
OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA by Jennifer L. Holm
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 30, 1999

"Still, the robust characterizations captivate, the lilting dialogue twangs, and the sharply individual first-person narrative gives the material authority and polish. (Fiction. 10-12)"
May Amelia, the feisty lovable heroine of Holm's fetching novel, "ain't no proper young lady." Read full book review >