Books by Judy Young

HU WAN AND THE SLEEPING DRAGON by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"This dragon disappoints. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A Chinese boy learns a craft and shares a humble gift. Read full book review >
DANGER AT THE DINOSAUR STOMPING GROUNDS by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Another just-average mystery/adventure tale that reads much like a travelogue. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Buck, 11-year-old star of a series of nature films for television, is back for a second outing, this time in Utah's Canyonlands National Park. Read full book review >
THE MISSING GRIZZLY CUBS by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An average mystery with the added spice of danger and an engaging depiction of a distinctive and wondrous place. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Buck Bray is about to become the star of his own new nature series, with the first episode set in Denali National Park in Alaska. Read full book review >
PROMISE by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An earnest but unpolished story, it nevertheless stands out for its confrontation of a little-acknowledged subject. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When his father is released after serving eight years in prison for stealing, 11-year-old Kaden hopes it will be a new beginning. Read full book review >
DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE CITY  by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"If taken to heart, a beginning reader with lasting impact. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In their fourth sibling adventure, Digger and Daisy are as fresh and curious as when readers first encountered them (Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo, 2013); at this pace, there'll be no issues about ever having to grow up.Read full book review >
DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE DOCTOR by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Giving an inch in the sibling arena can yield a mile of returns, and Digger and Daisy are great role models. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In this latest outing for Digger and Daisy, the elder dog sister guides the younger dog brother through a visit to the doctor. Read full book review >
DIGGER AND DAISY GO ON A PICNIC by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A stink can come between the coziest of siblings from time to time, but rarely are they so sweet as Daisy and Digger. (Early reader. 4-8)"
In Digger and Daisy's second outing, Digger learns that—all appearances to the contrary—sometimes it is best to have a nose full of dirt. Read full book review >
DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE ZOO by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Like Daisy encouraging Digger to dive, this work is a welcoming invitation to read and a sweet encouragement to spend time with siblings. (Early reader. 4-6)"
In this early reader, a dog learns from his sister what he can and cannot do like other animals on a visit to the zoo. Read full book review >
TUKI AND MOKA by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This animal-poaching tale provides a purposive, engaging-enough introduction to Ecuador's rain forests. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When animal hijackers capture his favorite tamarins, a young boy living near the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador comes to the rescue in this latest in the Tales of the World series. Read full book review >
A PET FOR MISS WRIGHT by Judy Young
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"The helpful hound is an endearing introduction to the role of an editor, though he really deserves a clever name of his own. (Perhaps in their next adventure…Mr. Basset Buys a Bookshop?) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miss Wright is a lonely writer, tapping away at her computer in her beachfront cabin. Read full book review >
A BOOK FOR BLACK-EYED SUSAN by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Young's telling is raw but tempered by an oblique approach to the cruelest moments and softened by a lovely chance encounter years later, the type of encounter that would only happen if one took the time and effort to fashion a book from the scraps of a life with little comfort and fewer promises. (Picture book. 6-10)"
This is a story of heartbreak and resolve, of the punishing tribulations that were once part and parcel of the frontier experience. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The strange kakapo…'—fans of Graeme Base's Water Hole (2001) and its ilk will enjoy playing 'spot the beastie,' as long as they aren't in it for the information. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Reporting in verse on his world-spanning travels, naturalist B.B. Barnswhitten sets out in search of 14 rarely (or never) seen creatures from the golden toad to the Loch Ness Monster. Read full book review >
THE LUCKY STAR by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Young's positive, feel-good story succeeds in showing how applying a good attitude and creativity will make life shine brighter than a lucky star, but an overlong text and bland, pastel illustrations that fail to create a strong sense of period weaken the book's effectiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Counting "lucky stars" isn't easy when you own the world's ugliest hand-me-down shoes, your school has closed and your dad is permanently out of town. Read full book review >
R IS FOR RHYME by Judy Young
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This rich compendium would also work well in the classroom, but for an older age group than indicated by the publisher. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-six sidebar lessons on poetry, each linked to both a poem and a cheeky colorful illustration. Read full book review >