Books by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Ada discovers there are worse things than bombs after she escapes her Mam's cruelty during a children's evacuation of World War II London. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON'S SONS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A big, serious work of historical investigation and imagination; the tale has never before been told this well. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
It was a secret everybody knew at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson was the father of Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston Hemings, and their mother was Sally Hemings, a slave owned by Jefferson. Read full book review >
LEAP OF FAITH by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: July 1, 2007

"Abby's gradual transformation from religious non-believer into one willing to take a 'leap of faith' proves credible and compelling in this sensitively drawn drama of individual free will. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Expelled from public school and forced to attend parochial school, a skeptical pre-teen finds friendship as well as faith. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

"Fascinating. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A lively historical novel about a young lacemaker at Versailles just before the French Revolution. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT PONY by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: April 1, 2007

"The lack of picture storybooks on this perennially popular topic should keep this trotting off the shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Written in the first person with a simple, direct style and repetition, this accessible tale chronicles a young girl's early love for horses and her eventual search for the "perfect pony." Read full book review >
BALLERINO NATE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: March 1, 2006

"Terrific well beyond the ballet lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After attending a student ballet performance with his kindergarten class, Nate decides he wants to become a ballet dancer. Read full book review >
FORCES MAKE THINGS MOVE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A concluding spread introduces an activity that will allow kids to test differing amounts of friction—using toy cars, of course. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Simple language and appealing illustrations combine to elucidate the tricky concept of force in this solid Let's-Read-and-Find-Out offering. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"A fascinating look at an intriguing world. (photographs, author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1901, and ten-year-old Ethel's father has just become president after McKinley's assassination. Read full book review >
FAVORITE THINGS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: June 1, 2003

"Though the ending is a little saccharine after all those creative adventures, the final page promises Matthew a visit from dancing blue hippopotamuses and leaves the door open for a sequel. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ask an imaginative little boy about his favorite things, and he won't be limited to extolling the virtues of raindrops on roses. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

"A terrific companion to Gregory Maguire's The Good Liar, but for an older audience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Suzanne David's father always said, "Obey the rules and no one gets hurt." Read full book review >
ENERGY MAKES THINGS HAPPEN by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Energetically recommended for most library collections. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Explaining sophisticated scientific concepts in terms that are both interesting and understandable is a rare talent. Read full book review >
POP! by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Young readers (and their parents) will have a good time learning new science thanks to this playful offering. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
What makes a bubble? Read full book review >
HALFWAY TO THE SKY by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: April 1, 2001

"Teenagers will readily relate to the angst and anger and be intrigued by the details about the Trail itself. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Hiking the Appalachian Trail forms the groundwork for this emotionally taut story about Dani, 12, who is trying to escape from the misery of the traumatic death of her 13-year-old brother from muscular dystrophy, her parents' divorce, and her father's remarriage and pregnant new wife. Read full book review >
WEAVER’S DAUGHTER by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A unique look at early American history. (Fiction. 10-12)"
This charming and involving historical novel brings readers to the Southwest Territory (now Tennessee) in 1792. Read full book review >
RUTHIE'S GIFT by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Released: March 1, 1998

"A book and heroine to cherish. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ruthie, eight years old, is a strong and unforgettable character in the enthralling, old-fashioned novel that is Bradley's debut. Read full book review >