Books by Lisa Fiedler

WE WALKED THE SKY by Lisa Fiedler
Released: July 2, 2019

"A compelling story of identity and family that resonates most powerfully in its historical voice. (Fiction. 12-18)"
In a story told in two voices, several generations of women in VanDrexel's Family Circus learn how and when to be solo acts—and when to trust the net. Read full book review >
A DARK DESCENT by Lisa Fiedler
Released: May 15, 2018

"It's an unabashed pastiche, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Young Glinda and her purple-haired friend Locasta take another step toward saving Oz by tackling the Wicked Witch of the North. Read full book review >
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fast-paced series opener. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Dorothy wasn't the first young girl to take an epic journey down the Yellow Brick Road. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A satisfying, exciting, and fitting finale to a memorable mouse saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this final volume of the Mouseheart Trilogy, warrior mouse Hopper seeks his estranged brother while a new traitor threatens the peace of underground Atlantia. Read full book review >
HOPPER'S DESTINY by Lisa Fiedler
Released: March 17, 2015

"Mouse fantasy fans will cheer brave-hearted Hopper's latest adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Mouseheart (2014), warrior mouse Hopper finds himself on the streets of Brooklyn, where he discovers new allies for his efforts to bring peace to the rodents of the subway tunnels.Read full book review >
MOUSEHEART by Lisa Fiedler
Released: May 20, 2014

"Another stalwart mouse with a brave heart will win fans in this captivating underground adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
A naïve mouse discovers his true mettle when he's accidentally plunged into a world of warring rats, mice and feral cats in Brooklyn's underground transit tunnels. Read full book review >
ROMEO’S EX by Lisa Fiedler
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet gets an extreme makeover with a feminist flavor. Set in Verona in 1595, this new take on the tragic tale of doomed young lovers and their feuding families stars Juliet's 160-year-old cousin Rosaline and Romeo's kinsman Benvolio. The liberated Rosaline vows to remain chaste to pursue a career as a healer. However, when Romeo sees Rosaline, he is instantly besotted. Rosaline readily rebuffs Romeo, who "is more in love with love than anything," but soon falls for the kindly Benvolio. Meanwhile, Romeo quickly forgets Rosaline when he meets Juliet, and they rendezvous on her balcony. With Montagues and Capulets slicing and dicing one another on the streets of Verona, Rosaline and Benvolio try to save Romeo and Juliet. In the end, they fall in love and Rosaline is faced with the very modern choice of career or marriage. Deftly drawing on the play's lyric language and heart-wrenching plot, Fiedler fleshes out her own engaging pair of star-crossed lovers, giving the timeless tale enough twists to engross Shakespearean fans and novices alike. (Fiction. 12-18)Read full book review >
DATING HAMLET by Lisa Fiedler
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

The author of several "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Mary Kate and Ashley" titles converts Shakespeare's play into a frothy tale of colluding lovers with more than revenge on their minds. The plot follows its Elizabethan model reasonably closely—except that Hamlet's gotten further with Ophelia than even Polonius suspects, both Ophelia (who sees the dead king's ghost even before Horatio does) and her brother Laertes are in the know about Hamlet's feigned madness, and with Ophelia supplying the necessary potions, everyone's death except that of Claudius (and Polonius, but see below) is faked. In an artificial mix of antique and modern language—"I prefer we talk not on your nation of frailty and women, sir. In fact, I warn thee—go not there"—Ophelia recounts machinations of her own in support of Hamlet's as she struggles, meanwhile, to fend off the leering advances of Horatio, Claudius, the guard Bernardo, and even, latterly, Fortinbras. Except for the jocular grave digger, who turns out to be Ophelia's true father, all of the men here are such creeps that even Hamlet just seems the best of a bad lot. Consequently, despite sending the joyfully reunited lovers off at the end to Verona to visit Hamlet's school buddy Romeo, Fiedler hasn't transformed Tragedy into Romance, but into a heavy-handed tract on the battle of the sexes. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
LUCKY ME by Lisa Fiedler
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

The last time readers met Cecily "C.C." Carruthers (Curtis Piperfield's Biggest Fan, 1995, etc.), she had just become the first girl in her ninth-grade class at St. Bernadette School to be French-kissed by a boy, an experience that effectively ended her crush on Curtis Piperfield and left her half in love with impossibly handsome Patrick. The problem is that Patrick, a very methodical person, wants to go beyond the kissing stage of their relationship, and C.C. questions the entire range of baseball metaphors tied to sexuality. Her girlfriends can't help her with the answers; they shock C.C. with the depth of their own experiences, of which she'd been oblivious. One friend she can always depend on is her long-time admirer Cluck. It's not much of a surprise that C.C. and Patrick part company (but only after funny episodes in which her father intercepts the "date bra" that C.C. has ordered through the mail, and catches C.C. and Patrick necking), but getting to that break-up includes hilarious scenes roiling with the agonies of adolescence. The cast of perfectly realized characters is headed by the bright and talented C.C., who remains her own person through it all. (Fiction. 11-14) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

Although he's a year younger, Curtis is a talented guitarist and an aspiring rock star whose biggest (and only) fan is C.C., short for Cecily. Her crush on him is strong enough to make her ignore everything the good nuns at school have taught her and impulsively give him a great big wet French kiss. Cluck, who's been in love with C.C. forever, doesn't like this; neither does friend Grace, who's wild about Cluck, nor Patrick, who also likes C.C. Everything's a real mess, but all is straightened up in time for the spring formal in Fiedler's first book. It's all silly fun, one neighborhood over from Sweet Valley and not quite Judy Blume territory, but harmless and sweetly innocent. Young romance readers will love it and long for more. (Fiction. 11-13) Read full book review >