Books by Lesley M.M. Blume

JULIA AND THE ART OF PRACTICAL TRAVEL by Lesley M.M. Blume
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Readers who make it to the heartland with her will find the pleasure in Julia's travels. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In 1968, after Julia's aunt Constance is forced to sell Windy Ridge, home to the aristocratic Lancasters since the American Revolution, to Tipsy von Lipp (nee Shirley Hicks), the two set off to find Julia's mother, Rosemary, who traded pearls for love beads three years earlier. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The satire is neither as sharp as Dr. Swift's nor as comical as Mr. Lear's, but the fictive author's discoveries should, as he hopes, 'enlighten, amuse, appall, and guide' young fans of the biosphere's imaginary reaches. (Informational fantasy. 10-13)"
The creators of the helpful guide to Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties (2010) now present the equally instructive, long-lost travel journals of a tubby but indefatigable paleozoologist with an unexcelled genius for unearthing uncanny, if long-extinct, animal and humanoid species. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

Writing as authority "Miss Edythe McFate," Blume reveals that, even in New York, fairy folk are all around—having adapted to the urban environment—and so city children had best take special care not to run afoul of them. Read full book review >
TENNYSON by Lesley M.M. Blume
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"A wry, sensitively written meditation on escaping the grip of the past without losing touch with it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A much-decayed Southern mansion does double duty as setting and silent-but-active character in this semi-gothic comedy. Read full book review >
THE RISING STAR OF RUSTY NAIL by Lesley M.M. Blume
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2007

"Blume's folksy tone somewhat undermines the high tone in regards to the music, but those who love a heroine with gumption struggling with injustice will enjoy the ride. (Fiction. YA)"
Being a budding classical musician in small town Minnesota during the 1950s doesn't stop Franny from throwing water balloons and causing trouble—especially for Nancy Orilee, whose aggravating bragging about her hoity-toity ways includes competition for top pianist honors. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 11, 2006

"With luck, Blume's undeniable writing talent will be more child-friendly next time around. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A series of entertaining vignettes about the lives of four high-spirited, globe-trotting sisters in the 1950s are meant to teach a diffident young girl about the importance of self-esteem in this well-intentioned but not particularly successful first effort. Read full book review >