Books by Odo Hirsch

DARIUS BELL AND THE GLITTER POOL by Odo Hirsch
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Hirsch's dry, understated humor and his subtly charming characters, who are willing to put up with one another's foibles and eccentricities, however annoying, for the sake of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The scion of a once-prominent, wealthy family, Hector Bell engages in ingenious bartering and wishful thinking to support his wife and sons, Cyrus and Darius, on the decaying estate, while he writes stories no one wants to read. Read full book review >
HAVE COURAGE, HAZEL GREEN by Odo Hirsch
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"This Australian import is certain to be welcome in libraries where the other books have been popular. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Spunky Hazel Green returns for a third adventure, again set in her urban apartment house and involving adults as much as the children. Read full book review >
SOMETHING’S FISHY, HAZEL GREEN by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Hirsch leaves the day-to-day details of Hazel's life sketchy, but he draws characters, particularly adult ones, in some (sometimes-quirky) detail, while endowing Hazel with a mix of strong-mindedness and quick wit reminiscent of a younger Sammy Keyes. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Neighborhood spark plug/sleuth Hazel Green solves a double mystery, and picks up some cogent insights into her own and human nature in the process. Read full book review >
YOSS by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

A ponderous Candide remake, sans wit, point, memorable characters, or creative spark. Read full book review >
BARTLETT AND THE CITY OF FLAMES by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Illustrated with frequent, diminutive ink-and-wash vignettes and well-stocked with characters foolish or wise—or interesting combinations of the two—this leisurely but engaging import will please fans of faintly offbeat adventure tales. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The trio of intrepid explorers introduced in Bartlett and the Ice Voyage (2003) again deploys generous measures of ingenuity, perseverance, and desperation in pursuit of a seemingly impossible task. Read full book review >
HAZEL GREEN by Odo Hirsch
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers who enjoy meeting strong-minded characters who can shrug off reverses, muse over similarities between a flower bouquet and a poem, and speak as equals both to grownups and other children, will be delighted with Hazel Green. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Here's a young mover-and-shaker who will stay with readers for a long time. Read full book review >
BARTLETT AND THE ICE VOYAGE by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Small, delicately detailed illustrations reflect the episode's light tone. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this tongue-in-cheek quest tale, Hirsch (Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman, 2001) suggests that imperious Queens and intrepid Explorers both might have a thing or two to learn. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Gary L. Blackwood's Shakespeare's Scribe (2000) and Kate Gilman's Jason and the Bard (1993) vividly capture the brawl and excitement of theater, but in its own restrained, contemplative way, Hirsch's US debut may teach readers more about its soul. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Even readers with little interest in the theater will be drawn into this portrayal of the creative process. Read full book review >