Books by Joan Bauer

ALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Sugar, with her natural gift for rubbing down imperfections, will win readers' hearts. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Through months of homelessness and her mother's breakdown, sixth-grader Sugar Mae Cole and her puppy, Shush, demonstrate what it means to be sweet. Read full book review >
CLOSE TO FAMOUS by Joan Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 3, 2011

When a domestic relationship turns abusive, 12-year-old Foster McKee and her mother flee Memphis, stowing whatever they can carry in their Chevy, including Foster's treasured baking supplies and a few fresh-baked muffins for the road. Read full book review >

PEELED by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

A spunky teen with a passion for newspaper reporting goes undercover to follow leads in rural Banesville, N.Y. Reporter-at-large for her high-school newspaper, Hildy Biddle relentlessly seeks "the truth." Read full book review >

BEST FOOT FORWARD by Joan Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 2, 2005

Fresh from her road trip with Mrs. Gladstone, the indomitable shoe store matriarch, teenage shoe saleswoman phenom Jenna finds herself applying the lessons she's learned as the child of an alcoholic father to the challenges of mentoring a young thug Mrs. Gladstone takes on after catching him shoplifting. Read full book review >

STAND TALL by Joan Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Tree is the tallest seventh-grade boy ever to attend Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School. Read full book review >

HOPE WAS HERE by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Another entry in Bauer's growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling. Read full book review >

RULES OF THE ROAD by Joan Bauer
Released: April 13, 1998

A high-school student with a passion for selling shoes may be a hard sell to teenagers, but Bauer (Sticks, 1996, etc.) makes 16-year-old, too-tall Jenna Boller a convincing narrator in this story of love and loss in the shoe business. President and owner of shoe stores from Chicago to Texas, the elderly Mrs. Gladstone appoints Jenna, who works in one of the stores, her personal driver. Read full book review >

STICKS by Joan Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

Fifth grader Mickey Vernon has a dream—to be the winner of the nine-ball tournament for the 1013 set, held right in his own family's pool hall. Read full book review >

THWONK by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

A.J. McCreary, 17, lives for two things: her photography and her as-yet unrequited love for class hunk Peter Terris. Read full book review >

SQUASHED by Joan Bauer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

This year's Delacorte prizewinner answers the question, ``Is growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa grounds for a YA novel?'' with a resounding ``Yes!'' Never losing sight of her goal, the grower—Ellie Morgan, 16—lives a rich, eventful life. Read full book review >