Books by Mary Amato

NEWS FROM ME, LUCY MCGEE by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Fun accompanied by useful life lessons. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Nine-year-old Lucy McGee is enduring the type of manipulative bullying that's familiar to many grade schoolers. Read full book review >
OPEN MIC NIGHT AT WESTMINSTER CEMETERY by Mary Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"Quoth the Raven, 'Encore.' (Paranormal script/prose hybrid. 13-adult)"
A newcomer arrives at Westminster Cemetery and shakes things up amongst the Dead. Read full book review >
OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Alexander suspects Mrs. Penrose is a vampire; that mystery is the spark that ignites an exciting year. Read full book review >
GET HAPPY by Mary Amato
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Hits a deep, sweet resonating note. (Fiction. 12-16)"
On her 16th birthday, not only does Minerva Watson not get the gift she wanted, she receives an unwanted gift—from her estranged father. Read full book review >
MISSING MONKEY! by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Scrappy song lyrics, energetic illustrations and plenty of potty humor keep the hilarity high for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A new chapter-book series about do-gooder thieves kicks off with a monkeynapping. Read full book review >
GUITAR NOTES by Mary Amato
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 24, 2012

"This one will resonate. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tripp Broody and Lila Marks (Mr. Odd and Ms. Even) alternate lunch-period use of an instrumental practice room and a school guitar, developing a bond through their shared feelings of pressure and their love for making their own music. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Solving puzzles, making friends and learning to see the world more clearly are the true aims of this adventure. (Mystery. 7-10)"
A mystery, a school story, sibling rivalry and the loss of a pet blend surprisingly well in this engaging chapter book. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE LINES by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Amato's mushroom metaphor aptly fits her young hero, who emerges from unpromising surroundings by following his mom's advice 'to rise above it.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
An upbeat teen with a talent for drawing and soccer who hails from the wrong side of the tracks learns to bloom where he's planted. Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2006. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta's two older sisters teasingly tell her that she's really a chicken, then leave an egg and feathers around her bed as "proof." Read full book review >
THE CHICKEN OF THE FAMILY by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"EWSLUGp2006. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Henrietta's two older sisters teasingly tell her that she's really a chicken, then leave an egg and feathers around her bed as "proof." Read full book review >
PLEASE WRITE IN THIS BOOK by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2006

"Along with warming the cockles of any educator's heart, this record of successful class dynamics will draw reluctant readers with its funny dialogue and please fans of Kate Klise's illustrated romps. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When a teacher leaves an enticingly blank book in a corner, it becomes a record of classroom rivalries, diplomacy and growth in this deceptively lighthearted offering from the creator of the Riot Brothers. Read full book review >
DROOLING AND DANGEROUS by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"A laugh Riot, with an obvious audience. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Hopping once again into the Captain's Underpants, brothers Wilbur and Orville Riot return with more lame jokes and wild, goofy games. Read full book review >
THE NAKED MOLE-RAT LETTERS by Mary Amato
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2005

"However, middle-graders looking for a realistic summer read with laughs and a few misty-eyed moments won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Seventh-grader Frankie Wallop has enough problems: No mother, two wild younger brothers and a perfect reputation to uphold. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Hope for sequels. (Fiction. 7- 9)"
Amato offers an early chapter book sure to entice reluctant readers and leave them laughing. Read full book review >
THE WORD EATER by Mary Amato
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2000

"Several stories bundled together, this amiable cautionary tale, often reminiscent of Clifton Fadiman's Wally the Wordworm or Mary Haynes's more melodramatic Wordchanger , makes a promising, if undisciplined, debut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An overstuffed tale that will nevertheless wriggle its way into readers' affections, starring an out-crowd sixth grader and a tiny, worm-like creature who can make anything vanish by eating the word for it. Read full book review >