Books by Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994. The recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference,

Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Moments of heartbreak balance moments of hilarity in Baggott's ambitious portrait of a family created from equal parts secrecy and love."
The life of Harriet Wolf, beloved (though reclusive) author of a series of fanciful novels, is clouded in mystery, and the rumored existence of the manuscript for a final volume provides grist for the mills of academics, fans, and family members alike. Read full book review >
BURN by Julianna Baggott
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"It's no place for a picnic, but we'll hope that Baggott moves on to making another world just as engaging as this one."
Fantasist Baggott (Fuse, 2013, etc.) wraps up her post-apocalyptic Pure Trilogy with an installment that will leave fans wanting more. Read full book review >
PURE by Julianna Baggott
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"It's a bonus that the hero of the piece is a young girl, which ought to serve as inspiration for more than a few readers. Whether Baggott's imagined world is one that you'd want to live in is another matter entirely, of course. Damned Detonations!"
Us 99 percenters will live outside the gates come the future, and it won't be pretty—especially once the nukes start popping. Read full book review >
THE EVER BREATH by Julianna Baggott
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

Fantasy aficionados will gobble up this fast-paced tale, but others may find the jam-packed plot more difficult to digest, as it plunges readers directly into the action and offers little detail to clarify characters and events. Scrawny, sniffling Truman and his twin sister, Camille, are unceremoniously dumped with their grandmother over the holidays. In short order Truman is dispatched to search for a magical object, the Ever Breath. This clear globe resides in the space between the everyday world and a magical one. Without it, both worlds will perish. Truman, magically cured of his allergies, is befriended by a cat-shaped creature called Praddle, a mixed-up revolutionary, a snippy waiter, an ogre and a mouse. Together this motley crew evades monstrous magical creatures and searches for the Ever Breath. Camille is relegated to a supporting (and sneezing) role, but both twins manage to get in on the final action when they rescue their missing father and save the world(s). Baggott's brisk prose propels readers through a tale that feels like a stepping-stone between Spiderwick and Harry Potter. (Fantasy. 9-12)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

In 2004, the Red Sox finally won the World Series and broke the curse placed on them when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees 86 years earlier. But the real story of the curse was played out in the underbelly of Fenway Park, in a richly imagined world of creepy tunnels, unusual creatures and an off-night game in the past, when a team of the worst cheaters and racists the game has ever known faced a team of good guys, including Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Bill Buckner. It's the outcome of that game that helped remove the curse, readers learn, and paved the way for the success of the Red Sox. Young sports fans will revel in Baggott's underworld and gladly follow 12-year-old Oscar Egg, who must traverse that world to save baseball and find home. Wrapped in the grand fun of the tale is a history of baseball and the racism inherent in it. Fans, especially the young residents of Red Sox Nation, will dig their cleats in for a thoroughly involving tale. (historical note) (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 2006

"Keen insights into sex, love and coming to terms with one's own unruly imperfections. A winner."
Thirtysomethings meet, don't quite couple, then retreat into a steamy, increasingly revealing correspondence in this quirky epistolary novel. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"An accomplished and charmingly messy tale of love and redemption."
Three generations of a dysfunctional family come full circle to discover that the definition of the perfect American family allows for a lot of latitude. Read full book review >
GIRL TALK by Julianna Baggott
Released: Feb. 13, 2001

"The stuff of farce, but Baggott's deft movement of her material is often lyrical and poignant rather that just kooky—and Lissy's consciousness is clearly enough realized so that the end of her tale doesn't fail to move."
A literary sitcom set in New England and New York, covering 15 years in a young woman's life. Read full book review >