Books by Meredith Johnson

KECKO THE GECKO by Sindy McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2018

"A success on two levels that's worthy of repeat readings. (Early reader. 5-8)"
A story about a boy and his gecko helps beginning readers develop confidence and fluency. Read full book review >
STELLA BRITE AND THE DARK MATTER MYSTERY by Sara Latta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Despite the superfluous plotline, this wins high marks for its clear, specific introduction to one of modern astronomy's great puzzles. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this very thinly disguised science lesson, a pair of freckle-faced, entirely wholesome-looking young detectives take on two cases at once: finding the Mayor's missing Pekingese, and joining the hunt for the elusive "dark matter" that scientists posit to explain the universe's large-scale gravitational behavior. Read full book review >
MILO AND THE FIRE ENGINE PARADE by Pamela Jane
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even less discriminating readers will see a world of difference between David Shannon's engaging, eponymous ne'er-do-well and this sociopath. (Picture book. 6-7)"
With blithe disregard for credibility or consequences, Jane showers young Milo with treats and rewards after he wreaks destruction along a parade route after blowing off parental orders. Read full book review >
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by P.J. Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, his tone is gentle throughout, and the novel is one that could prompt good discussions. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A lighthearted tale about a boy intent on becoming trustworthy, from the author of White Water (p. 805). Read full book review >
THE SUB by P.J. Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When the substitute walks in, James and Ray quickly decide to switch desks and identities—but the joke turns as sour as the smells from Ray's garbage-filled desk when James finds himself blamed for his friend's high jinks and poor schoolwork. Read full book review >
THE BATHWATER GANG GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS by Jerry Spinelli
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 7-9)"
In another lightweight "Springboard Book," Bertie of The Bathwater Gang (1990) organizes a dog-washing business in hopes of earning enough for circus tickets. Read full book review >
SOCCER SHOCK by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Brainy Adam wants desperately to make the fifth-grade soccer team but doesn't have much chance until star player Grayson offers lessons in exchange for math tutoring—and, more importantly, Adam discovers that a lightning bolt's near miss has left him with the ability to hear the freckles on his knees talking, so that he has an efficient early-warning system on the playing field. Read full book review >
THE BATHWATER GANG by Jerry Spinelli
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1990

"The well-individualized characters in Johnson's lively drawings add to the appeal."
When Bertie tries to enliven the summer vacation by starting a "gang," everyone has an excuse not to join—even her best friend, whose mom is put off by the word (which was suggested by Bertie's lively Granny). Read full book review >