Books by Katherine Ayres

UP, DOWN, AND AROUND by Katherine Ayres
Released: April 1, 2007

"An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inside a colorful garden, some plants "grow up," while others "grow down, and still others grow "around and around." Read full book review >
A LONG WAY by Katherine Ayres
Released: April 1, 2003

Historical novelist Ayres uses just 32 words to transport a wrapped gift of enticingly odd shape, and the child who bears it, to Grandma's house. Read full book review >
MACARONI BOY by Katherine Ayres
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Enough grisly rat details and boyish bravado to keep the boys reading, and enough local color, familial comfort, and historical minutiae for the girls. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Pinning her narrative to a few key historical details, Ayres makes the Pittsburgh Strip during the Depression the setting for Mike Costa's need to find out why his grandfather is so sick. Read full book review >
SILVER DOLLAR GIRL by Katherine Ayres
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ayres's (Family Tree, 1996) well-researched story is fun to read, full of spunk, and should teach a gentle lesson or two as well. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-12)"
A 12-year-old Victorian girl turns adventurer during the Colorado silver boom in this engrossing tale set in 1885. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With such shaky internal logic, the story collapses under its own weight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An Ohio teenager abandons family and home to bring an escaped slave's baby to freedom in this handwringer_told in letters and diary entries_from Ayres (Family Tree, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
FAMILY TREE by Katherine Ayres
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"As the world of Tyler's family opens to her, the writing is consistently graceful; the unfolding story will enthrall readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A poignant first novel about a girl's discovery of her father's Amish upbringing and her own family's past. Read full book review >