Books by Joan Bauer

TELL ME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it. Read full book review >
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

"Bauer expertly balances these grim realities with Foster's ebullient personality and spunk, which could convince anyone that she will be able 'make the world a better place one cupcake at a time.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Highly entertaining. (Fiction. 12-16)"
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

"If the story is unabashedly inspirational, maybe that's something young readers will appreciate these days—an eloquent story of ordinary heroes when 'the shock of loss was everywhere.' (Fiction. 10+)"
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

"More important, and as always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters. (Fiction. 11-16)"
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

"It's an unlikely hero's journey, and Bauer's dry humor assures readers that all's well that ends wellif not in corporate takeovers, at least in the business of growing up. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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. Read full book review >
STICKS by Joan Bauer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1996

"Characters both major and minor come to life, a recurring math theme ties things together, and Cruckston, New Jersey, emerges as a town with a lot more heart than its seedy exterior suggests. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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

"EWSLUGp1992, this is a fine romance, with plenty of hitches. (Fiction. 12+)"
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

"Delightful fun. (Fiction. 11+)"
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 >