Books by Linda Oatman High

Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Interesting but uneven. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade friendship and family story plays out against a circus backdrop. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"So swiftly do the pages turn, however, the story may stay with readers, but the poetry probably won't. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
An outcast at school and within her own family, "Lexi / (rhymes with sexy) / Mcleen, sixteen," articulates a life of desperation and determination in this verse novel. Read full book review >
OTHERWISE by Linda Oatman High
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"More likely to confuse than to provoke thought. (Dystopian romance/verse. 12-16)"
In a near-future United States, unisex gender presentation becomes mandated by law. Read full book review >
PLANET PREGNANCY by Linda Oatman High
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Irregular, sing-songy rhyme may distract readers at times, but the realistic pull of both Sahara and her pregnancy will keep teens engaged, wondering if she'll end up calling the baby her own. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she sees that fateful pink line, 16-year old Sahara knows that life as she knew it, life as a West Texas Dixie Queen, is over. Read full book review >
TENTH AVENUE COWBOY by Linda Oatman High
Released: July 1, 2008

"All told, this offering has the feel of a tale that has been passed down from generation to generation, based in truth but lovingly polished until the rougher parts are smoothed over and the magic in it shines. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in 1910, this urban reverie will resonate with contemporary readers. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"Readers will be touched and sobered by this deeply felt glimpse of battle, and what follows. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
High builds on true events for this child's-eye view of the Civil War battle and its aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Not the weightiest tale on the shelves, but still good silly, be-boppin' fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Cool Bopper, the saxophonist of the Snazzy Catz Jazz Club, loses his false teeth during a particularly impassioned scat, he loses his bop at the same time. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2000. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Written in an odd mix of rhymed and free verse, this middle-class-child's-eye view of the Blizzard of 1888 offers a compelling picture of the disaster and its aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"So bad it's almost campy. (Fiction. YA)"
Plot summary alone cannot convey the awfulness of the poetry in this over-the-top melodrama. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"The story and illustrations fuse together, placing readers at the scene and making them wish they were there, delightfully capturing the thrill of a unique time and place. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The attention-grabbing title, the intriguing cover, and the scene-setting subtitle will compel readers to take a look inside. Read full book review >
A HUMBLE LIFE by Linda Oatman High
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illustrations and prose magically come together in this rich view of a culture that's reminiscent of a peaceful dream. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a poetic look at life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, High (Under New York, p. 184, etc.) takes the reader through the seasons, illuminating the existence of Plain People. Read full book review >
UNDER NEW YORK by Linda Oatman High
Released: March 15, 2000

"Though not exactly an unqualified valentine to the city that never sleeps, this does afford a playful glimpse of its complexity. (afterword, personal comments from author and illustrator) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Children, urban or otherwise, will marvel along with High (Barn Savers, 1999, etc.) at all that is to be found beneath New York City's "offices and theaters and stores," "families and homes and schools," "garbage and car horns and billboards." Read full book review >
BARN SAVERS by Linda Oatman High
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Lewin's realistic, detailed watercolors portray both the hard work involved in recycling old barns and his own respect for such buildings and their heritage. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers will look upon old barns with new eyes after they encounter this straightforward picture book from High (The Beekeepers, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPERS by Linda Oatman High
Released: March 1, 1998

"An idyllic episode, as comforting as the bees' sweet product. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Honey-colored light pours down upon a young narrator and her grandfather as they climb into their heavy coveralls and walk during a spring morning to the bee yard. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS STAR by Linda Oatman High
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Whatever readers surmise from the text—that this is either the person who has stolen the gifts and had second thoughts (along the lines of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) or another person entirely returning stolen goods—it's more odd than magical. (Picture book. 4-6)"
From High (Hound Heaven, 1995, etc.), a Christmas story set in the Depression features an element of mystery that may leave readers more puzzled than uplifted. Read full book review >
HOUND HEAVEN by Linda Oatman High
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Somehow, in the act of abandoning all credibility, High (Maizie, 1995, not reviewed) endows her story with sneaky, knock- you-over charm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Orphaned Silver Nickles lives with her crusty grandfather, Pawpaw, in a tar-paper shanty. Read full book review >
MAIZIE by Linda Oatman High
Released: April 15, 1995

"The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem. Read full book review >