Books by Liz Kessler

HAS ANYONE SEEN JESSICA JENKINS? by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Readers not yet ready for teen thrillers should warm to this unlikely band of new friends who solve this easy-to-read 'scientific' mystery with no adult intervention. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Superhuman powers. The best thing ever—or a total nightmare? Read full book review >
POPPY THE PIRATE DOG'S NEW SHIPMATE by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Poppy and her crew best be a-sparkin' up the plots and purveying the piratical prattle soon, or this series is likely to be tossed overboard. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Following her debut in Poppy the Pirate Dog (2013), the seagoing Dalmatian is back for another outing. Read full book review >
POPPY THE PIRATE DOG by Liz Kessler
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An adequate tale with the pull of pirates and pups, but alas, me hearties, no buried treasure here. (Early reader. 6-8)"
A family takes a seaside vacation with their Dalmatian, Poppy, who knows all about pirates from listening to books read by her young owner, Tim. Read full book review >
NORTH OF NOWHERE by Liz Kessler
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"The story does not measure up to its intriguing title and inviting cover. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Mia tries to solve the mystery of her grandfather's disappearance and make a friend in this time-travel adventure exploring the lasting bonds of family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"The unexpected ending will surely satisfy as a fitting close to this light page turner. Past fans of the series should especially enjoy diving in. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Can half-mermaid Emily rely upon her friends to help her find the source of Neptune's nightmares? Will they be able to unravel the mystery of his memories before an evil threat takes over the waters? Read full book review >
A YEAR WITHOUT AUTUMN by Liz Kessler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Though the logistics of Jenni's time travel are a bit convoluted and the characters often feel disappointingly flat, preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Time travel to a disturbing near future forces a preteen to cope for the first time without the help of her best friend. Read full book review >
PHILIPPA FISHER AND THE FAIRY'S PROMISE by Liz Kessler
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Young, bullied Tommy, however, is a new character with some future. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The power of friendship bucks the rules and regulations of the Above the Clouds command center—ATC for short—in this convoluted third installment in Kessler's airy series exploring the gateway between the fairy and human worlds. Read full book review >
PHILIPPA FISHER AND THE DREAM-MAKER’S DAUGHTER by Liz Kessler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Kessler addresses hefty themes in this compelling story—nightmares, the scary dad—and allows the girls' friendship to assuage painful feelings of growing up. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In this somewhat darker follow-up to the fanciful Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (2008), lonely Philippa, just shy of 12, is ensconced on a rainy cottage vacation with her lovable hippie parents and faced with some mature issues of grief and death. Read full book review >
PHILIPPA FISHER’S FAIRY GODSISTER by Liz Kessler
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Told in the alternating voices of Philippa and Daisy, the tale unfolds with an appealing mixture of tenderness and irony. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
With her best friend moving away and her quirky parents embarrassing her to no end—their camper-van honks to the tune of the Hokey-Pokey—11-year-old Philippa Fisher wishes she had a fairy godmother to change everything about her. Read full book review >
EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE MONSTER FROM THE DEEP by Liz Kessler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2006

"The imaginative premise will intrigue readers and the suspense will be enough to keep them reading to the happy ending and perhaps send them back to Emily's first story, The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2004). (Fiction. 9-12)"
When Emily Windsnap and her parents arrive at their new home in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, she hopes she can fit in with the mermaids there better than she did with her classmates at Brightport High. Read full book review >