Books by Kathryn Erskine

THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A timeless and affecting, slightly paranormal exploration of familial attachments. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Nine-year-old Julian is gifted both emotionally and intellectually, but these assets come at a sometimes-distressing cost. Read full book review >
MAMA AFRICA! by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An excellent perspective from which American readers can learn about apartheid and one of the pioneers who fought it through her art. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Buoyed by the work of Nelson Mandela and the music of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Miriam sang to make black South Africans free. Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Erskine redeems many faults with a clear passion for racial justice and hope for change. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Big changes are coming to small-town Virginia in 1972. Read full book review >
THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"A satisfying story of family, friendship and small-town cooperation in a 21st-century world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sent to stay with octogenarian relatives for the summer, 14-year-old Mike ends up coordinating a community drive to raise $40,000 for the adoption of a Romanian orphan. He'll never be his dad's kind of engineer, but he learns he's great at human engineering. Read full book review >
MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Erskine draws directly and indirectly on To Kill a Mockingbird and riffs on its central theme: The destruction of an innocent is perhaps both the deepest kind of psychosocial wound a community can face and its greatest opportunity for psychological and spiritual growth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's syndrome, who is frustrated by her inability to put herself in someone else's shoes. Read full book review >