Books by Karen Ritz

WINDOWS WITH BIRDS by Karen Ritz
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Touching, unique and wise, a perfectly pitched tale of acceptance of the inevitable changes of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cat lives in a house "that [has] windows with birds, / twenty-six stairs, / twenty- hiding places, and / one foolish mouse in the basement." Read full book review >
DADDY’S SONG by Lesléa Newman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"Capturing a heartwarming moment as tuck-in time becomes a cozy, loving ritual. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Daddy strums his guitar as he sees his little girl off to sleep by singing her a unique song. Read full book review >
RESCUE ON THE OUTER BANKS by Candice F. Ransom
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"It will be hard to forget the sepia-toned photograph of the brave surfmen that accompanies Ransom's informative afterword. (Web sites) (Historical fiction. 6-10)"
For one of two new releases in the On My Own History series (The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft, above), Ransom (Mother Teresa, not reviewed, etc.) details a little-known chapter of American history, the first all–African-American life-saving station on the Outer Banks of the North Carolina coast. Read full book review >
HIDING FROM THE NAZIS by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"So real and clearly explained is Lore's anxiety that to younger readers the events that compelled it will not seem remote at all. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
 Adler (Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, not reviewed, 1995, etc.) continues a series of picture books set during WW II with this true account of a young Jewish child's concealment by a family of Dutch farmers. Read full book review >
HILDE AND ELI by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"A sensitive but unsentimental account. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8-12)"
 Hilde Rosenzweig and Eli Lax were two of the 1.5 million Jewish children who were victims of the Nazi's ``Final Solution.'' Hilde was not yet ten when Hitler came to power in Germany and her happy childhood was disrupted as she and her family attempted to escape from Nazi persecution. Read full book review >
THE GHOST OF POPCORN HILL by Betty Ren Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Likable and accessible: good popular fare. (Fiction. 7-10)"
 Martin and his little brother Peter like the little hilltop cabin where they move after Dad loses his job—until they begin to hear eerie laughter in their room at night. Read full book review >
TALL BOY'S JOURNEY by Joanna Halpert Kraus
FICTION
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Ritz's sensitive watercolors, on attractively textured paper, reflect the unusually perceptive and detailed portrayal of the first days of a transcultural adoption. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
 By the adoptive mother of a Korean boy (now adult), a realistic account of experiences similar to her son's. Read full book review >
ELLIE'S BIRTHSTONE RING by Beatrice Gormley
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"B&w drawings not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
 The author of several contemporary fantasies (Mail-Order Wings, 1981) tells a realistic story about the two weeks before a seventh birthday. Read full book review >
BOYS HERE--GIRLS THERE by Riki Levinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 5-9)"
 In Depression-era Brooklyn, Jennie (Dinnie Abbie Sister-r-r!, 1987) begins public school while Papa tries to recover from losing his work as a jeweler, Mama gets a job, and the three children help more around the house. Read full book review >
TAXI CAT AND HUEY by Gen LeRoy
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Ritz's many soft-pencil, full-page illustrations are unusually appealing. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 When Taxi—a part Siamese who bills himself as a Ninja cat- -joins the Walton household, the newly orphaned and perpetually indolent Huey is shaken to his basset hound roots; still, Taxi (accompanied by his best friend Sushi—a knotted leather string) brings adventure and excitement into Huey's life. Read full book review >
ROTTEN EGG PATERSON TO THE RESCUE by Colin Thiele
ADVENTURE
Released: April 15, 1991

 From one of Australia's best authors for children, a disappointing, old-fashioned story. Read full book review >