Books by Joseph Monninger

GAME CHANGE by Joseph Monninger
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Subtle, nuanced, and full of heart. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A coming-of-age story about a teen who gets the first—and only—start of his football career when their star quarterback is badly injured a week before a championship game. Read full book review >
WHIPPOORWILL by Joseph Monninger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweet story about a lucky dog that reveals itself to be a deeper story about a lucky human. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Can a girl, a dog, and a boy overcome the disadvantages of circumstance? Read full book review >
CAVE-IN by Joseph Monninger
Released: March 25, 2014

"For a more gripping and nuanced portrayal of individuals pushing and pulling together, try Fallout by Todd Strasser (2013). (Adventure. 8-12)"
With this second book in the Stay Alive series, youngsters will see a formula emerge: A group of children in the care of mostly ineffective adults are in a remote location when disaster strikes. Read full book review >
CRASH by Joseph Monninger
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"However, they have always had a hatchet, and many youngsters will wish the characters had read the classic of the same name. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The premise in this first adventure in the Stay Alive series feels familiar and cannot claim the originality or authenticity of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987); neither does it show the careful characterization and scene setting of the author's own books for teens. Read full book review >
MARGARET FROM MAINE by Joseph Monninger
Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"Neither the consequences of war nor the ties that bind generate a satisfying conflict for this emotional tryst."
With enemy fire slamming into his hand, leg and neck, Sgt. Thomas Kennedy instinctively uses his body to protect another soldier. Not because he is brave, but because he is a decent man from Maine. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEWHERE by Joseph Monninger
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Horse story, road trip, coming-of-age tale: It's any and all of these, but mostly a tender and authentic voyage into the mind of a wise, funny and wholly likable protagonist. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Two teenage girls and a noble, aged horse on a road trip. What could beat that? Read full book review >
WISH by Joseph Monninger
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

A compassionate, wholly absorbing story about 15-year-old Bee, her beloved 11-year-old brother, Tommy, who has cystic fibrosis, and their sometimes-flighty single mother, who travel from small-town New Hampshire to San Francisco via a wish-granting organization for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Read full book review >
HIPPIE CHICK by Joseph Monninger
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Spare and beautiful. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Lolly has a special affinity for the ocean that is just moments away from the front door of her home in the Florida Keys. Read full book review >
BABY by Joseph Monninger
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A new setting for a somewhat familiar theme. (Fiction. YA)"
Baby has just arrived at the Potters' home in New Hampshire, cynical about her caseworker Cindy and the entire foster system, and hopeful that her mother or her boyfriend Bobby will come to the rescue. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Monninger artfully revives 'Two Ton Tony.' You'll never be able to say you never hoid uh da bum."
A championship match-up between Italian-American boxer Tony Galento and legend Joe Louis is the focus here, but also the lens through which this brisk and entertaining history looks at the state of the nation in the 1930s. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Neither plaything nor conceit, Monninger's rural idyll is very much a lived experience: genuine, well-earned, and downright enviable."
Monninger (Mather, 1995, etc.) moves upcountry to transform, on a shoestring, a big barn into a home, with the intent of setting down roots—no precious venture this. Read full book review >
MATHER by Joseph Monninger
Released: June 16, 1995

"Now let's give the man a plot he can get his teeth into."
To give you a quick idea of what Monninger's new hero, Mather Edson, is like: When he ventures forth from the Plaza, where he's staying with Nancy, his Airedale, he's not above keeping her on a harness and posing as a blind man. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Still, the don't-look- behind-you plot is the genuine article—as is the unsparingly graphic detail."
Versatile Monninger (Second Season, The Viper Tree, etc.) tries his hand at a serial killer loose on a college campus—with grisly, effective results. Read full book review >

In his fifth outing, Monninger (Second Season, 1987; New Jersey, 1986, etc.) turns away from domestic suburbia and sets his fleet-in-the-telling but somewhat stretched tale in western Africa—where a deserter from the Nazi army may or may not be another Christ, miracles and all. Read full book review >