Books by Johanna Wright

KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Clever. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A dozen classic poems, with Lewis' playful revisions on the opposite pages. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING'S CHANGED by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"An urban story that explores the universal themes of integrity, trust, and respect in relationships. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A 10-year-old girl copes with a family move as well as challenges with both new and old friends in this third book about Celie Valentine. Read full book review >
SECRETS OUT! by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A heartfelt but amusing story about the many challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 8-11) "
Picking up where Friendship Over (2014) ends, this illustrated diary-style slice-of-life novel tells the continuing story of 10-year-old Celie Valentine Altman, centering on the all-important middle school topics of friendship and family. Read full book review >
FRIENDSHIP OVER by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"This satisfying slice-of-life story about the permutations of friendship and family resonates. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A 10-year-old girl faces the various challenges of growing up. Read full book review >
THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >
BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >
CLOVER TWIG AND THE PERILOUS PATH by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite dire warnings, this magical journey winds up being mostly pleasant and perky, just like its heroine. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Resourceful Clover, her witchy (but benevolent) employer Mrs. Eckles, Clover's clumsy friend Wilf and, of course, Mrs. Eckles' sister, the evil Mesmeranza, are all back for another low-key adventure (Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, 2009). Read full book review >
THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A fun-filled take on a familiar childhood milestone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bonnie O'Boy's dream comes true when she gets a bike and then must learn an important part of riding it: how to stop. Read full book review >
BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >
CLOVER TWIG AND THE MAGICAL COTTAGE by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

A stalwart young girl discovers the secrets of a benign witch's bungalow in this charming middle-grade fantasy. When intrepid 11-year-old Clover Twig goes to work for local witch Mrs. Eckles, she has no idea she's inadvertently placed herself in the middle of an age-old feud. Mrs. Eckles's slinky evil sister Mesmeranza has been trying for years to steal Mrs. Eckles's cottage. The shabby shack has the ability to fly, a power both witches covet. While Mrs. Eckles is away, Mesmeranza finally manages to filch it on Clover's watch. But practical Clover promptly outwits Mesmeranza and her inept castle servants with the help of her accident-prone buddy Wilf and Neville the smelly black cat, piloting the cottage safely home before Mrs. Eckles's return. While there are countless clever-girl stories in today's kid lit, British author Umansky's giggle-worthy characterizations and dialogue make this winsome read-aloud stand out from the pack. The fractured-fairy-tale elements will also appeal to independently reading fans of Eva Ibbotson's Which Witch (2000) and Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002). (Fantasy. 9-12) Read full book review >
THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. It is a secret circus. Only the mice know where it is. Only the mice know when to go. When it is time, families don their best patchwork frocks and wide-brimmed hats. They climb into walnut-shell hot-air balloons or scurry in long lines, head to tail, as the Eiffel Tower stretches to point the way. Only the mice know how it's hidden. Only the mice know what they'll see there. Amid whiskered cannonball daredevils, tottering pyramids of tiny clowns and the bravest of all—the housecat tamer—Wright tells a sweet, lulling story. Her roly-poly mice are shaped like candy-drop kisses and the hush of the gentle, repetitive text whispers through the pages. The placement of opaque, black-outlined characters against gossamer-tinted painted-canvas backgrounds only heightens the surreal intimacy of the experience. It is, after all, a secret. A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >