Books by Laurie Lawlor

BIG TREE DOWN! by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Community togetherness at its best in this celebration of a tree. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beloved tree brings the town together even after it is toppled in a storm. Read full book review >
SUPER WOMEN by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2017

"A handful of new role models, along with light shed on just who made certain significant advances in astronomy, archaeology, biology, medicine, and plate tectonics. (bibliography) (Collective biography. 11-15)"
Inspiring profiles of six 20th-century trailblazers. Read full book review >
RACHEL CARSON AND HER BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Ultimately, too many unconnected facts are dropped in to the text to help children understand her life and accomplishments. (source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Silent Spring did indeed change the world, but Rachel Carson's story cannot be folded easily into 32 pages. Read full book review >
MUDDY AS A DUCK PUDDLE by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Whether this detracts from or enhances the reading experience depends on whether readers are as curious as a cat or ornery as a skunk. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
From A to Z, Lawlor has collected American folk sayings to tickle the funnybone. Read full book review >
THE TWO LOVES OF WILL SHAKESPEARE by Laurie Lawlor
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2006

"Weaving a few known facts of Shakespeare's early life with generous swaths of historical color, Lawlor paints a vivid and reckless portrait, ending with the birth of Will and Anne's daughter Susanna and only the tiniest glimmer of what rough magic is to come. (Historical fiction. 14+)"
Lawlor offers a rip-roaring tale about Will Shakespeare as a wild adolescent with a touch of ADD. Read full book review >
HE WILL GO FEARLESS by Laurie Lawlor
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A worthwhile rite of passage. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
From snake-oil salesmen to a stormy Platte River crossing, Lawlor's coming-of-age tale creates an authentic sense of place in the aftermath of the Civil War. Read full book review >
DEAD RECKONING by Laurie Lawlor
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Based as closely as possible on the sometimes-scant historical record, Lawlor's work is full of adventure and lively detail; a solid afterword and author's note continue the story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Most know him as Sir Francis Drake, learned no doubt from sanitized and less absorbing textbooks, but in the late 16th century, he was El Draque: The Dragon. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL AT CROOKED CREEK by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A supplemental purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lydia Rice is an unhappy and reluctant seventh grader at Miss Pocket's New England boarding school. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"This stands as such a powerfully written offering that the lack of documentation is a crying shame. (appendices, glossary, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The experiences of an impetuous and ambitious American-born Marine serve as a focus for a compelling account of Captain James Cook's last expedition. Read full book review >
OLD CRUMP by Laurie Lawlor
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2002

"It would be nice to know the true story of these children and the ox, but this tale, like a mirage, is unfortunately not to be trusted. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Crump is a faithful ox who carries four children of forty-niners safely through Death Valley and across the mountains into California. Read full book review >
HELEN KELLER by Laurie Lawlor
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Helen Keller was a hero and an icon in her own age as well as in ours: she lost her sight and hearing at 19 months; she was brought into the world of language by a young and fiercely determined teacher; she went to college, supported herself, and published voluminously at a time when women could scarcely do those things at all, let alone as disabled women. Read full book review >
THE WORST KID WHO EVER LIVED ON EIGHTH AVENUE by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1998

"The formula is too familiar; new readers will already have encountered similar events in such picture books as Roni Schotter's Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane (1993). (Fiction. 6-8)"
A book that takes into account what beginning readers need'simple words, uncomplicated sentence structure—but provides little original in the way of plotting and action to keep them involved. Read full book review >
ADDIE'S FOREVER FRIEND by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The stories are gentle and heartwarming, and full of authentic detail—warmly evoked in the black-and-white illustrations—and smatterings of drama; Lawlor has a knack for making historical fiction comfortable and relevant to readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From Lawlor (Addie's Long Summer, 1992, not reviewed, etc.), another amiable, atmospheric portrait of life in 1880s Iowa. Read full book review >
WHERE WILL THIS SHOE TAKE YOU? by Laurie Lawlor
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Whimsical and informative. (maps, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Subtitled ``A Walk Through the History of Footwear,'' this is an extensive and sometimes funky history of shoes. Read full book review >
GEORGE ON HIS OWN by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Still, the prairie setting is well-researched, the plot's interesting enough to hold readers, and the family—more prosperous, and with quite different family dynamics—offers a plausible contrast to the beloved Ingalls. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After three books centered on oldest child Addie (Addie's Long Summer, etc.), Lawlor turns to next-child George, now 12. Read full book review >