Books by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

A THIN BRIGHT LINE by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A stirring and deeply felt story."
As the Cold War gave way to movements for civil, women's, and gay rights, many Americans believed that major social change was inevitable. Read full book review >
THE BIG BANG SYMPHONY by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2010

"A well-balanced humdinger of a story keeps this unusual novel hurtling along like a skidoo on the ice."
Three women come to Antarctica looking for answers and find each other. Read full book review >
HOW TO SURVIVE IN ANTARCTICA by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Armchair travelers will be pleased. (glossary, timeline) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In this entertaining, if episodic, set of observations, Bledsoe imparts techniques learned during no fewer than three trips to the Antarctic—from spotting whales and building a quick shelter of snow to using an outdoor waste bucket in subzero weather. Read full book review >
THE ANTARCTIC SCOOP by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"Pass on this and purchase another copy of L'Engle's classic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Victoria, 12, is a science nerd with an active imagination. Read full book review >
THIS WILD SILENCE by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Some marvelously rendered sketches of domestic torment and grief are lost in a rambling and largely unfocussed narrative—and the denouement comes so much out of nowhere that it falls flat."
Disappointingly tame fare from the talented Bledsoe (Cougar Canyon, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
COUGAR CANYON by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

A restless 13-year-old searches for her destiny, and finds a cougar. Read full book review >
HOOP GIRLZ by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Tailor-made for the high-interest, low-reading level audience, too. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An 11-year-old girl who lives to play basketball creates her own team, the Hoop Girlz, when she's not selected to be on the town's A-list squad. Read full book review >
WORKING PARTS by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1997

"A modest, straightforward debut whose likable characters and honest approach make up for the simple plotting."
A spirited, conversational narrative improves a somewhat predictable debut novel (after the story collection Sweat, 1995) featuring the irascible Lori Taylor, a lesbian bicycle mechanic struggling to overcome adult illiteracy. Read full book review >
THE BIG BIKE RACE by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Ernie knew his wish for a racing bike for his tenth birthday was not likely to come true and so disguises his disappointment in his grandmother's gift of a clunky used bike she can barely afford. Read full book review >
SWEAT by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"Bledsoe has the tools to write for an unmodified general audience, but here her subject matter holds her back to alienatingand limitingeffect."
An iffy debut collection of nine stories and a novella: the chip on the author's shoulder is a tremendous distraction from her natural style and distinctive voice. Read full book review >