Books by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2020

"A fun, lively, accessible primer on the democratic process (good for weary adults, too). (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Brazil, a refreshing look at the way democratic elections work. Read full book review >
OLIVE THE SHEEP CAN'T SLEEP by Clementina Almeida
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"This book makes the most of its dual audience. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A bedtime book with parenting tips to help kids get the sleep they need. Read full book review >
THREE BALLS OF WOOL by Henriqueta  Cristina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A timely story of refugees and the strength of individuality over conformity. (foreword, maps) (Picture book. 5-8)"
For political refugees, bringing something from the old country, even something as simple as color, is a way of remembering and retaining roots. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE FROGS by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2017

"A lovely but garbled fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pond life: an interrupted idyll. Read full book review >
LINES, SQUIGGLES, LETTERS, WORDS by Ruth Rocha
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"This will have many children looking for meaning all around them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A child's transition to literacy is celebrated in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >
SURVIVING SANTIAGO by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A riveting story of love and acceptance amid a tumultuous political landscape. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Tina, 16, travels from Madison, Wisconsin, to Santiago, Chile, to spend her summer visiting her father, whom she hasn't seen in three years. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IN A SECOND by Isabel Minhós Martins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"The book's extra-large trim is the perfect format for this mesmerizing vision of a thrillingly expansive world. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Even "while you turn the pages of this book, the world doesn't stop…." Read full book review >
ROGUE by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2013

"An interesting and somewhat enlightening look at a girl struggling but sometimes making bumpy progress in dealing with Asperger's. (Fiction. 12-18)"
An eighth-grader's Asperger's syndrome complicates her navigation of an unpredictable—and often inexplicable—world. Read full book review >
GRINGOLANDIA by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

Two adolescents, Daniel Aguilar, a high-school student and rock singer, and his girlfriend, Courtney Larkin, a young, passionate writer, recount through separate narration the painful recovery of Chilean Marcelo Aguilar, Daniel's father, tortured under Pinochet's dictatorship in the 1980s. Both of them will travel with Marcelo through the horrifying memories of his five years of imprisonment as he struggles, physically and mentally and with very limited success, to adjust to his new home, a small apartment in Madison, Wis., and to his now-unknown bilingual and bicultural family. His wife Vicky, a graduate student, sells empanadas to make extra money, while Tina, his brilliant 12-year-old daughter, has her own troubles. How, through Marcelo, Daniel discovers the Chilean that still lives inside him, and how Courtney, "la gringa," teaches Marcelo that the land of gringos is not only the home of those who supported the military coup in his country in 1973 but also a land of human-rights lovers make for riveting reading. This poignant, often surprising and essential novel illuminates too-often ignored political aspects of many South Americans' migration to the United States. (Historical fiction. YA) Read full book review >
DIRT CHEAP by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 6, 2006

"Occasionally hackneyed, but ultimately enthralling and politically astute."
An engrossing, if flawed, eco-thriller. Read full book review >