Books by Lynne Rae Perkins

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sweet. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A simple introduction to an American legend turns up inspiration for making the world a better place. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

"A long, immensely enjoyable, curiously comforting ramble through an absurd-but-benign world, tellingly filed by the Library of Congress under 'Adventure and adventurers—Fiction,' 'Accidents—Fiction' and 'Luck—Fiction.' (Fiction. 12 & up)"
It's easy to fall off the face of the Earth, as the affable 15-year-old Ry discovers when he misses his camp-bound train somewhere in Montana. Read full book review >
THE CARDBOARD PIANO by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Her modest, good-humored explorations of juvenilia stand out for their acute but understated honesty. (DVD) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Debbie, of 2005's Newbery-winning Criss Cross, reappears in a book for younger readers that quietly underscores the truth that friends can still be friends even if they have different enthusiasms and interests. Read full book review >
CRISS CROSS by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A tenderly existential work that will reward more thoughtful readers in this age of the ubiquitous action saga. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Debbie, from All Alone in the Universe (1999), returns in a poignantly funny coming-of-age story. Read full book review >
SNOW MUSIC by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Masterful and unique. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An uncomplicated story about a boy who awakens to the wonder of an overnight snow, opens his backdoor, accidentally lets his dog escape, and searches for his pet with a neighbor. Read full book review >
GERGIE LEE by Sharon Phillips Denslow
Released: May 1, 2002

"Country and city kids alike will grin over the trio's encounters with a haunted house, a neighborhood goat, a giant catfish, and a huge storm in this deceptively simple first chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Most main characters speak but in this delightfully charming story about J.D.'s summer on his Grandmother's farm, the title player moos—Georgie Lee is a cow, and a right smart one at that. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN CAT by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: April 1, 2002

"The soft watercolors strike just the right note of gentleness in this tender story of a broken cat, a broken arm, and the healing power of love. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A trip to the veterinarian to have under-the-weather cat Frank examined turns out to be less painful than expected for the cat's owner, Andy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It all adds up to a just examination of one of the small but piercing sorrows of growing up, with a cast of arresting characters, freckles of humor, and black-and-white drawings that enhance the muted tale; Perkins gives the significance of friendship its due, and then some. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a quiet, introspective novel, Debbie, 13, faces one of the worst things that can happen to the young; she's lost a best friend, Maureen, to a boring, rather unpleasant classmate, Glenna. Read full book review >
CLOUDS FOR DINNER by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Still, Janet's wistfulness and yearnings permeate each page. (Picture book. 5-8)"
All happy families are not alike in this picture book from Perkins (Home Lovely, 1995), as Janet finds out when she goes to stay with her aunt. Read full book review >
HOME LOVELY by Lynne Rae Perkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Yet it is a book to read, share, and treasure, both for its gentle, satisfying lessons and the way it doesn't insist on them. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A young girl plants a garden in a deceptively unpretentious story about making the best of what you have. Read full book review >