Books by Mary Casanova

ONE-DOG SLEIGH by Mary Casanova
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Here's hoping for more transportation-themed adventures from this daring (and endearing) duo. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Children intrigued by the idea of a ride in a "one-horse open sleigh" will enjoy this humorous story of a girl and her dog experiencing an old-fashioned mode of winter transportation. Read full book review >
FROZEN by Mary Casanova
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A good effort, but not compelling enough to capture many teen readers. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, mute since her mother's murder 11 years ago, finds her voice again. Read full book review >
SOME CAT! by Mary Casanova
Released: June 5, 2012

"Just as prickly as its heroine, this book requires an audience ready for its sobering back story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Violet the cat finds it hard to make friends with her new owners' two dogs until they show their loyalty despite her unfriendliness. Read full book review >
UTTERLY OTTERLY NIGHT by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A note for parents: Duct tape works well to repair holes torn in snow pants by otter sliding; after reading this book you may need a couple rolls. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Proving to both his family and himself that he is finally big enough, Little Otter faces down danger and saves his family in this satisfying follow-up to Casanova's Utterly Otterly Day (2008). Read full book review >
THE DAY DIRK YELLER CAME TO TOWN by Mary Casanova
FICTION
Released: May 24, 2011

"Hoyt's marvelous caricatures are worth thousands of words, making this hilarious tall tale not only a plug for books and reading but an outsized winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It takes one ingenious little boy to defuse a threat that has a whole town quaking in its boots. Read full book review >
UTTERLY OTTERLY DAY by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 2008

"Casanova's onomatopoeic rhymes may take some practice before they fall trippingly from the tongue, but once mastered they complement the art to a tee. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otter play gets its visual due in this adorable tale of one little otter's determination to prove "he's a big otter now." Read full book review >
THE KLIPFISH CODE by Mary Casanova
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"Still, this is a worthwhile book about a rarely documented facet of the war that some readers will find fascinating. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
When the Germans invade Norway in the spring of 1940, ten-year-old Marit and her little brother Lars are sent to the tiny island of Godoy to live with their grandfather and aunt while their parents, an English teacher and an engineer, join the Resistance. Read full book review >
SOME DOG! by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"His polished illustrations create distinct personalities for the two dogs, with big, laid-back George contrasting nicely with tiny, wiry Zippity. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this well-written story, George is an older Bassett Hound who enjoys a sedate life: resting on the couch, napping in the hammock and quietly riding on the center seat of his owners' fishing boat. Read full book review >
ONE-DOG CANOE by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: March 6, 2003

"Hoyt's closing vignette depicts the girl and her dog, alone at last, heading off for an evening excursion, a satisfying dénouement to a very hectic day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A girl sets out on a canoe ride and is joined by her dog, then a variety of animal passengers in Casanova's (When Eagles Fall, p. 877, etc.) buoyant outing. Read full book review >
WHEN EAGLES FALL by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"The author's note describes her hands-on research with eagle experts and includes several Web sites where naturalists can learn more. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Alexis has been "banished" (her word) by her mother, who lives in San Diego, to International Falls, Minnesota, where her father is the foremost authority on the bald eagle. Read full book review >
THE HUNTER by Mary Casanova
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As much about the changing character of Hai Li Bu's community as about his own selflessness, this multilayered tale will leave readers moved and thoughtful. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-10)"
In this spare retelling of a Chinese folk tale, a hunter receives a wonderful gift that ultimately costs him his life. Read full book review >
CURSE OF A WINTER MOON by Mary Casanova
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An afterword ties the real history of the period to the fictional story, with a bibliography for further reading. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Dark, medieval superstitions haunt the people of a French town in 1559. Read full book review >
MOOSE TRACKS by Mary Casanova
ANIMALS
Released: May 8, 1995

"The attention-grabbing action and emotional struggles of the hero will hook reluctant readers, too. (Fiction. 9-12)"
 A suspense tale that pits moose against men, when poachers' greed threatens wildlife in the north woods of Minnesota. Read full book review >