Books by Mark Graham

THE NATANZ DIRECTIVE by Wayne Simmons
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Ruthless and remorseless James Bond-ian escapades, sans skirt-chasing intervals, in the name of Western ideals."
In Simmons and Graham's (The Missing Sixth, 2011, etc.) spy thriller, Jake Conlan is called back undercover. Read full book review >
NAUGHTY CHÉRIE! by Joyce Carol Oates
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Even lovers of the sweet-kitten genre will be better served with an extra copy of Jane Cabrera's Kitty's Cuddles (April 2007). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Continuing one of the more unfortunate pairings in modern picture books, Oates and Graham re-team for a third kitten-centered tale. Read full book review >
WHERE IS LITTLE REYNARD? by Joyce Carol Oates
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Proving that facility with words does not necessarily stretch to meet all audiences, master novelist Oates proffers a clunky, sentimental tale of a shy little kitten who finds bravery. Read full book review >
MISS OPAL’S AUCTION by Susan Vizurraga
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A quiet read-aloud story with lovely pictures and a sweet message about intergenerational friendship. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A young narrator remembers the good times she had with her old friend, Miss Opal, as she watches an auctioneer sell her friend's things. Read full book review >
SARAH'S SLEEPOVER by Bobbie Rodriguez
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2000

"Graham's familiar lush artwork ably conveys the dark's unctuous feel. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nighttime blackout allows a gathering of cousins to share for a brief spell in the blindness of a young girl. Read full book review >
THE DREAM JAR by Bonnie Pryor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

"Graham's soft-edged scenes are so hopeful they nearly burst with expectancy. (Picture book. 5+)"
 The trials of the immigrant get delicate handling from Pryor (Birthday Blizzard, 1993, etc.) in this tale of a Russian family's move to New York City's Lower East Side in the first part of this century. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S HANDS by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 A poet who has frequently celebrated nature in her picture books evokes a child's relationship with her father and the gentle example he sets her by his own relationship with the natural world. Read full book review >
LUCY COMES TO STAY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A natural for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Lucy, a tiny Scottish terrier, is adorable, but she has a lot to learn. Read full book review >
THE FIRE THEFT by Mark  Graham
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A rousing beginning degenerates into a long and not very exciting series of well-timed and eventually predictable coincidences amidst some attractive scenery."
 Drugs, politics, a bit of sex, and a lot of archaeology provide the international thrills in an international thriller by the author of The Missing Sixth (1992), etc. Crossing the English Channel on a clapped-out ferry, mysterious pilot and international femme fatale Jaymin Bartel is witness to highly suspicious behavior on the part of a Middle Eastern passenger. Read full book review >
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Louisa May Alcott
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chronology; sources; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
 A few revealing fragments: excerpts from the diary Alcott started at ten; her mother's responses to it; Louisa's own comments, added as an adult (when she destroyed much of the original diary); letters; and parallel quotes from Little Women (pairing Beth's death with Alcott's account of her sister Lizzie's—the only entry dating from her 20s—is particularly poignant; in its simplicity and directness, the diary is even more eloquent). Read full book review >
HOME BY FIVE by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Perceptive and simply told, a warmhearted story appropriately illustrated with gentle impressionistic paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 The rink closes at 4:30, and Papa says there will be no excuses for being late—it's only a four-block walk. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS CAT by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"He's not always literally accurate (snowshoe rabbits aren't white in summer; some of these primeval trees are incredibly huge), but the art suits the warmly appealing story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 When they move 50 miles north into Canada, Papa decrees that Moses, Hannah's beloved cat, must stay behind: he ``would only jump out [of the cart] and run away.'' But next winter, with Papa off earning food and Mama and the younger children at the end of their provisions, Moses proves himself in the classic tradition by showing up with a snowshoe rabbit. Read full book review >
THE MISSING SIXTH by Mark  Graham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Maybe a little too helter-skelter in its closing sections- -Graham (The Harbinger, 1988) has the extraordinary idea that Jerusalem's Western Wall would be an easy place to smuggle a bomb- -but richly, compulsively readable until its last surprising twist."
 The theft of five paintings from the house of a South African collector is the catalyst for a complex plot of murder, forgery, and political intrigue. Read full book review >
GREENBROOK FARM by Bonnie Pryor
ANIMALS
Released: June 26, 1991

"A pleasant farm visit. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 A little girl takes the reader on a tour of the farm where she has always lived, confiding her experiences with the babies in the various animal families and concluding with her own new brother. Read full book review >