Books by Kate Messner

THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following the precise coordinates of geocaching doesn't yield the treasure Kirby Zagonski Jr. seeks: his missing father. Read full book review >
FERGUS AND ZEKE by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Here's to more adventures for Fergus and Zeke! (Early reader 6-9)"
A class pet decides not to miss the class field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
ROLLING THUNDER by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A deeply felt if sketchy companion for Eve Bunting's The Wall, illustrated by Ronald Himler (1990), or the plethora of introductions to the Memorial Day holiday. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
A tribute to the massive annual motorcycle rally in Washington, D.C., that honors our country's veterans. Read full book review >
OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The author-illustrator team that brought readers into the garden and under the snow (Over and under the Snow, 2011, etc.) now takes them on a breathtaking journey beneath the calm waters of a pond. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this novel-length riff on "The Fisherman and His Wife," when Charlie goes ice fishing with pal Drew and his nana, she catches a fish who says it will grant her wishes in return for its release. Read full book review >
DANGER IN ANCIENT ROME by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"A great choice for fans of the Magic Treehouse series, who will be looking forward to Ranger's next adventure. (Adventure. 5-9)"
Time-traveling golden retriever Ranger is back, this time saving the day in ancient Rome. Read full book review >
ALL THE ANSWERS by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This sympathetic protagonist offers children a mostly successful look at clinical anxiety. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When 12-year-old Ava Anderson finds a magic pencil in the kitchen junk drawer, geometry becomes a lot easier—and her life becomes much more complicated. Read full book review >
RESCUE ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This well-paced story will keep the attention of even reluctant readers with its commitment to accurately chronicling the excitement and danger of the Oregon Trail. Whom will Ranger save next? (Adventure. 5-9)"
This series' first entry introduces a courageous time-traveling golden retriever on the Oregon Trail. Read full book review >
WAKE UP MISSING by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"The addition of a light romance and the satisfying conclusion will appeal to those who have skating fantasies of their own, despite the childish cover art. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An ending that's hopeful without being saccharine is another big plus. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A beloved grandmother is failing. Read full book review >