Books by Kate Messner

WAKE UP MISSING by Kate Messner
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With plenty of thrills, friendship, some humor, intrigue and an easy good-guys/bad-guys escape plot, young readers will find lots of fun here. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Six middle schoolers + mad scientists + Everglades = adventure. Read full book review >
SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH by Kate Messner
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Sea Monster keeps delivering important messages in fun ways. What issue will he tackle next? (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sea Monster's second outing finds him with his first-day resourcefulness intact (Sea Monster's First Day, 2011). Read full book review >
HIDE AND SEEK by Kate Messner
Released: April 1, 2013

"Aptly titled, this energetic treasure hunt is sure to find an enthusiastic audience. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three young members of the Silver Jaguar Society team up with a Costa Rican 10-year-old to find the stolen Jaguar Cup, a pre-Columbian gold artifact hidden at a rain-forest ecolodge. Read full book review >
CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner
Released: July 1, 2012

"Just in time for the Fourth of July, a sparkling start for a promising new series. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When the Star-Spangled Banner is taken from its super-secure Smithsonian vault, three kids connected by their Vermont background and family membership in a secret artifact-protection society combine with a visiting fourth to find the irreplaceable national treasure. Read full book review >
MARTY MCGUIRE DIGS WORMS! by Kate Messner
Released: April 1, 2012

"A quick, amusing read with an easily digestible environmental message; it is a perfect match for its young intended audience. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third-grader Marty and her classmates are given a challenge by a visiting environmentalist: to develop Earth-friendly projects that she will then judge. Read full book review >
OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot; readers brought up on a diet of rhymes, bright colors and adorable fluffy animals will find its simple beauty a balm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A young child enjoying a full day of cross-country skiing narrates this gentle tale, explaining both her own activities and what the animals are doing. Read full book review >
SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY by Kate Messner
ANIMALS
Released: July 6, 2011

"Presents kids with some great advice and solid solutions to the most common first-day what-ifs. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ernest discovers that making friends is sometimes the hardest part of starting school, but that with a little perseverance and imagination, things can turn around. Read full book review >
MARTY MCGUIRE by Kate Messner
Released: May 1, 2011

"Believable and endearing characters in a realistic elementary-school setting will be just the thing for fans of Clementine and Ramona. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When the promised land of third grade does not pan as promised, Marty McGuire finds herself playing a completely new role. Read full book review >
SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

Claire Boucher's life revolves around ice skating, whether she's on the cow pond or the local rink in her hometown of Mojimuk Falls, N.Y. Although she is a gifted skater, 12-year-old Claire does not like competing. Read full book review >
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.  by Kate Messner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

A beloved grandmother is failing. Read full book review >