Books by Maureen Brett Hooper

SILENT NIGHT by Maureen Brett Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A distant also-ran behind Margaret Hodges's Silent Night: The Song and Its Story (1997), illustrated by Tim Ladwig. (historical note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
The tale of "Silent Night"—composed in haste by a 19th-century Austrian priest and his organist when their church's organ broke down just before Christmas and first sung with only a guitar for accompaniment—is robbed of any sense of wonder by this flat, uninspired retelling. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS DRUM by Maureen Brett Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hooper (The Violin Man, 1991) places a universal story in a unique setting; the result is an unusual and satisfying Christmas tale. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
There is a Rumanian tradition of caroling, called colindat. Read full book review >
THE VIOLIN MAN by Maureen Brett Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"This harmless mystery does introduce some historical facts; but it's oversimplistic, and Hooper fails to realize its unusual setting. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A first novel (for publisher as well as author) begins with a promising scenario: In the 1880's, a fictional Italian boy helps the real Luigi Tarisio find a lost Stradivarius. Read full book review >