Books by Karen Wallace

THE SECRET OF THE CROCODILES by Karen Wallace
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Look out, fans of Indiana Jones and future Elizabeth Peters readers: There's a croc on the loose—actually, ten of them! (Mystery. 10-14)"
Edwardian teen Lady Violet Winters finds herself, her parents and their American ward, Garth, on a steamship bound to Egypt for Christmas—and adventure. Read full book review >
THE UNRIVALLED SPANGLES by Karen Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Stiff-collar tone, some overly dramatic moments and plot fripperies keep the action tumbling but nick a few 'spangles' off the appeal. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Though kids no longer dream of running away to the circus, teen girls may be lured to a vicarious escape via this 19th-century tale set in London's East End. Read full book review >
I AM AN ANKYLOSAURUS by Karen Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Still, young fans of all things toothy, scaly and extinct will roar with interest at this brief episode. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"She's huge like a tank. She is covered in armor. Read full book review >
I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS by Karen Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"This compelling introduction to dinosaur life will whet new fans' appetites and leave experienced dino-philes drooling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
First published in Great Britain, Wallace's dramatic offering presents a day in the life of a very hungry dinosaur. Read full book review >
WENDY by Karen Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This tale's not stellar as a stand-alone, but deftly exposes the incestuous darkness that underlies Barrie's original. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What was Wendy Darling's life like before the coming of Peter Pan? Read full book review >
RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE by Karen Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2002

"The contrast between the Wilkins family's disintegration and the Linklaters coming together with Mr. Chevrolet adds a poignant twist to Nancy's coming of age. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nancy, her brother Andrew, and their friends Amy and Clare Linklater, try to figure out what's going on at their neighbor Sandra Wilkins's house in this coming-of-age story set in 1950s rural Canada. Read full book review >
SCARLETTE BEANE by Karen Wallace
Released: March 1, 2000

"Thickly painted, expressively modeled artwork adds to the atmosphere of green and growing miracles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
So joyous is most of this tale from Wallace that it all but subverts the act of magic serving as the climax. Read full book review >
BUSY BUZZY BEE by Karen Wallace
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This is a welcome resource for beginning readers, whose curiosity about nature will propel them through page after page. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
paper 0-7894-4758-4 Readers will delight in this entry in the Eyewitness Readers series, in which Wallace combines a very brief, controlled vocabulary and striking full-color photographs to gracefully explain the life cycle of the honey bee. Read full book review >
RED FOX by Karen Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Even children too young too understand the information contained here will enjoy making up their own stories about the bold, graceful creature they see portrayed. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
The life and habits of the red fox, captured in jewel-toned images and spare, direct prose. Read full book review >
BEARS IN THE FOREST by Karen Wallace
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good idea executed with neither flair nor feeling. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
A dull account of a year in the lives of two bear cubs and their mother. Read full book review >