Books by Kristin Levine

THE JIGSAW JUNGLE by Kristin Levine
Released: June 19, 2018

"Both an excellent read and an excellent puzzle. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Levine sends her readers on a quest for buried treasure and buried truths. Read full book review >
THE PAPER COWBOY by Kristin Levine
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"A winningly authentic, realistic and heartwarming family drama. (author's note, photos) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A family crisis pushes a 12-year-old wannabe cowboy living outside Chicago in 1953 to resort to bullying and damaging pranks. Read full book review >
LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK by Kristin Levine
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"This engaging story, with its emphasis on the impact of friendship and on finding one's voice when it is most important to be heard, will no doubt appeal to a broad range of readers and inspire many interesting conversations. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The remarkable story of the Little Rock Nine is familiar to many, but what happened next? In this quietly powerful page-turner, Levine focuses her attention on the events that unfolded in Little Rock the year after the integration of the city's public schools. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

When 12-year-old Emma Walker comes to Moundville, Ala., with her father, the new postmaster, Harry "Dit" Sims feels it's "the worst piece of bad luck" he's ever had. He was hoping for a boy to play ball with but got a "colored" girl instead. But he teaches her to throw and hit a baseball and how to dig a cave, and she teaches him about math and books. Gradually they become best friends and even allies in the rescue of a black barber unjustly jailed and sentenced to hang. Levine draws on her grandfather's recollections to skillfully delineate the nuances of race relations in a small Southern town in 1917, where kindness and politeness sometimes trumped prejudice and ordinary people found ways to treat each other decently. Dit and Emma are likable protagonists, and the growth of their friendship, along with Dit's emerging moral conscience, make this a fine debut novel by an author to watch. (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >