Books by John Rocco

SWIM THAT ROCK by John Rocco
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, fills the bill for teens looking for an atypical action adventure. (map) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teen goes to desperate lengths to save his family's diner in this unevenly executed fishing drama set on Narragansett Bay. Read full book review >
HOW TO TRAIN A TRAIN by Jason Carter Eaton
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"With believable expressiveness in the characterizations of the trains and a scale perfect for groups, this affectionate sendup communicates all the exasperation, responsibility and rewards of having a pet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Train and pet enthusiasts alike will delight in this rollicking story about selecting, naming, soothing and caring for a full-sized locomotive. Read full book review >
SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM by John Rocco
Released: May 21, 2013

"This won't answer those many preschool requests for superhero stories, but it does offer a go-with-the-flow bit of imaginative silliness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young superhero falls prey to a Samson complex. Read full book review >
THE FLINT HEART by Katherine Paterson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A heart-shaped talisman created in the Stone Age brings terribly corrupting power to those who possess it, until 12-year-old Charles Jago manages to destroy it permanently. Read full book review >
RETURN TO EXILE by E. J.  Patten
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

A preteen with a shadowy past and two odd scars on his palm is cast into a small town's ongoing struggle among multiple kinds of monsters and warring factions of monster hunters in this hefty setup volume.

It's a muddle, and readers are as likely to flounder as Sky does. Read full book review >

BLACKOUT by John Rocco
Kirkus Star
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2011

"Not all young readers will have experienced a blackout, but this engaging snapshot could easily have them wishing for one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"It started out as a normal summer night"—until the lights go out, citywide. Read full book review >
FU FINDS THE WAY by John Rocco
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

Westerners have long been fascinated with Eastern culture. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

The author of Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! (2005) returns with the story of humankind's changing understanding of outer space. Read full book review >

MOONPOWDER by John Rocco
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 27, 2008

Rocco crafts a set of copper-colored retro dreamscapes for this tale of a lad who shakes off his own recurrent nightmare by repairing the celestial machinery that creates sweet dreams—or rather, the titular powder that produces them. Read full book review >

WOLF! WOLF! by John Rocco
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

The familiar tale of the boy who cried wolf is relocated to Japan and given a twist at the end. Read full book review >