Books by Nora Raleigh Baskin

NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >
RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: June 16, 2015

"A deeply compassionate exploration of an experience underrepresented in children's literature but overrepresented in the real world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Having a mom in prison presents Ruby with complications and challenges. Read full book review >
SUBWAY LOVE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: May 6, 2014

"An ambitious concept that doesn't take off. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)"
A time rift connects Laura in 1972 with present-day Jonas. The story of their romantic connection alternates with scenes of each struggling with parental divorce in his or her own time. Read full book review >
RUNT by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: July 23, 2013

"A thought-provoking and worthy effort on a multifaceted, seemingly all but insurmountable, problem. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Bullies and the bullied: Could it help if they just better understood each other? Read full book review >
SURFACING by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: March 12, 2013

"At once frustrating and deeply moving, this ambitious novel comes tantalizingly close to getting it right. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Leah was 9 and Maggie 5, the sisters made a forbidden trip to the condo pool, where Leah drowned. Now 15 and a swim-team star, Maggie interprets her world, her worth and her choices through the prism of that loss. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER BEFORE BOYS by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: May 10, 2011

"Baskin adeptly portrays Julia's ambivalence and anxiety in this thoughtful tale that artfully brings the war to the homefront. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An extraordinary novel explores the challenges faced by children whose parents have gone off to war. Read full book review >
ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: March 24, 2009

"This is me,' as one of his characters says. (Fiction. 10-14)"
People say 12-year-old Jason Blake is weird. Read full book review >
ALL WE KNOW OF LOVE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Girls navigating relationships with boys, mothers, fathers and friends will gladly share Natalie's bus seat as she heads south. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Natalie's obsession with Adam, her glib sometime boyfriend, and the very real possibility of pregnancy compel her to take a 24-hour bus ride to Florida to find her missing mother and some answers about love. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 2008

"Despite the interpretation that one's concept of religious identity is personal, this is disappointing in its final message. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When her Nana dies and bequeaths her a Jewish-star necklace, 12-year-old Caroline enters a period of self-reflection with some confused ideas about what her Jewish identity signifies. Read full book review >
IN THE COMPANY OF CRAZIES by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"But the source of her troubled behavior, a discontent with parental expectations, remains tenuous. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Mia Singer (13) is having a bad year. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Readers might want more about the games, but those who play on sports teams will recognize these characters and be rooting for them. (Fiction 10-12)"
Sixth-graders Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel form a lasting friendship over the course of the North Bridge Sixth Grade Travel Basketball season, the setting for this school sports story. Read full book review >
ALMOST HOME by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Released: May 1, 2003

"Heart-wrenching, bittersweet, and genuine to the very end. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sixth-grader Leah Baer knows immediately that something is wrong when her psychologist father, who has trouble expressing himself, picks her up from summer camp. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"The sympathetic protagonist has reality and dimension, and readers should be squarely in her corner as she goes through the difficult process of becoming a young woman. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this unusual, deeply felt story about a motherless girl, 12-year-old Gabby lives with her painter father and older brother, Ian. Read full book review >