Books by Karen Rivers

LOVE, ISH by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"For those willing to immerse themselves in a sad, harrowing story, this is a worthwhile and affecting odyssey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ish, who is determined to be among the first settlers on Mars, goes on a different and unexpected journey after she is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Read full book review >
BEFORE WE GO EXTINCT by Karen Rivers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 28, 2016

"JC's voice, spoken and unspoken, rings with a note of authenticity. (Fiction. 12-17)"
A summer with his estranged father on an island in the Pacific Northwest helps JC come to grips with his best friend's death. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. (Fiction. 10-16)"
Kammie's fallen down an abandoned well, beyond the reach of the three mean, popular girls who got her into this life-threatening mess. Read full book review >
FINDING RUBY STARLING by Karen Rivers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Totes bittersweet. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A separated-at-birth story for the digital age. Read full book review >
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME by Karen Rivers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Though the footnotes feel gimmicky and distracting, readers will likely be able to look past them (or just skip over them) and cheer for Tink as she comes into her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Cleverly woven through the titular encyclopedia—with entries as seemingly mundane as "Apple" and "Oxen"—is the touchingly real and often humorous story of a preteen's struggles with family, friendship and first love. Read full book review >
THE HEALING TIME OF HICKEYS by Karen Rivers
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"An amusing but ultimately inconsequential time-filler for humorous fictional journal fans who don't mind that they've been there, done that. (Fiction. YA)"
The teen-angst-filled diaries of Adrian Mole, Mia Thermopolis, and Georgia Nicholson have all preceded 16-year-old Haley Andromeda's, so what's left for an insecure worry wart to write about after such hilariously detailed stream-of-consciousness rants on zits, lust, insecurities, crazy cats, thongs, and full-frontal snogging? Read full book review >