Books by Pam Conrad

THE TUB PEOPLE'S CHRISTMAS by Pam Conrad
Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"An intimate alternative for those too young (or disinclined) to board The Polar Express. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Fans of The Tub People (1989) will welcome their return for a third gnomic drama. Read full book review >
BLUE WILLOW by Pam Conrad
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Gallagher's artwork is lovely, crowded with incidentals from the story and setting; the faces are animated, sometimes peeking out at readers, and inviting them into the substantial text. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The 18th-century "blue willow" pattern, with its teahouse, hump-backed bridge, and willow tree, has inspired storytellers to shape a tale about the design's origins; here the fundamental elements of the story combine in Conrad's tale of love and loss. Read full book review >
DON'T GO NEAR THAT RABBIT, FRANK! by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1998

"Interspersed among every short episode are full-color pictures, more dark and dreamlike than real, with the feeling of faded wallpaper, adding mood if not mystery. (Fiction. 5-8)"
A homespun story from Conrad (This Mess, p. 400, etc.), billed as a retelling of a campfire favorite. Read full book review >
THIS MESS by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"With friendly clutter in every corner of each scene, and the agreeable patterns in the children's clothing, Sayles gives readers plenty to pore over and their own ideas about how to make a room 'better.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
A winsome, wacky look at what happens when a father instructs his three children to "make this room look better." Read full book review >
ANIMAL LULLABIES by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"Overall, though, it's a very pleasant bedtime book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Various adult creatures—among them, prairie dogs, oysters, beavers, crocodiles—sing their children to sleep in their own particular styles. Read full book review >
THE ROOSTER'S GIFT by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

From just out of the egg, Rooster is imbued with a sense of destiny. Read full book review >
OUR HOUSE by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The stories and their style charm by virtue of their lightheartedness, but for Conrad's elevation of Levittown and the sensations of childhood, she deserves even more praise. (Short stories. 8-12)"
Six very short stories, some skillfully written and some just plain irresistible, about children growing up in Levittown during six different decades, with a historical prologue and a thoughtful epilogue. Read full book review >
CALL ME AHNIGHITO by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"Children may like the pictures better than the story; its appeal is limited by Conrad's choice of narrator. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Designated fiction by LC, this account of the peregrinations of a Greenland meteorite is based on fact. Read full book review >
DOLL FACE HAS A PARTY! by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Funny in a subtle, knowing way. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
If there is one thing Doll Face loves, it's a good party. Read full book review >
MOLLY AND THE STRAWBERRY DAY by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1994

"Still, worth a try, especially when it's time to joke about the overabundance of some crop. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From the early-morning moment when Molly's dad ruefully remarks that they'll soon "have strawberries coming out of our ears," the day begun by the little girl and her parents at a pick-your-own field is one of companionable good humor. Read full book review >
THE LOST SAILOR by Pam Conrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Still, a book that offers more visual and literary pleasures than most. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The captain's unequaled luck seems to be the result of his phenomenal powers of observation—he can even steer through fog "by instinct, by the feel of the air on the hairs of his arms and the breath of the ocean in his nose." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Koeppen's b&w drawings are competent; they give the 'diary' an added personal touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Chosen for his ability to read and write, young Pedro de Salcedo becomes a ship's boy on the Santa Maria—and keeps a diary of his own on the expedition, recounting the voyage across the Atlantic and the subsequent exploration of the Indies. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 1991

"Useful as historical and literary background."
The author of Prairie Songs (1985) tells the true story of one of its prominently featured characters—the photographer whose work provided a context for the book's often tragic events. Read full book review >
STONEWORDS by Pam Conrad
Released: March 25, 1990

"A satisfying thriller."
A 20th-century child intervenes in a 19th-century tragedy involving the ghost who has been her frequent companion and friend. Read full book review >
MY DANIEL by Pam Conrad
Released: May 10, 1989

"An absorbing story."
Julia Summerwaite, 80, flies east from Nebraska to take her two grandchildren to the American Museum of Natural History, and to tell them about the most significant event in her life, when—during her 12th summer in the 1880's—her brother discovered, on the family farm, the bones of the "brontosaurus" now on display in the museum. Read full book review >
STAYING NINE by Pam Conrad
Released: Oct. 30, 1988

"While there are no great insights here, this is enjoyable and easily read."
As her tenth birthday approaches, Heather realizes that she is already at the perfect age and takes steps to stay there: reneging on an agreement with best friend Dorelle to dress as twins for the class picture, she wears the same clothes as last year (though she's so tall that she gets put in the back row for the first time), and next tries to cancel her birthday. Read full book review >
TAKING THE FERRY HOME by Pam Conrad
Released: July 1, 1988

"Although there is much more here that has been well worked over in other YA novels, Conrad's well-rounded characters and skillful style lend fresh insight to the story, which is moving and memorable."
As she did in Prairie Songs and What I Did for Roman, Conrad deals again with a character who is finally revealed to be profoundly disturbed; here, however, by using Simone as one of two narrators, she takes the reader within the troubled psyche, creating an enriched, more thought-provoking personality. Read full book review >
SEVEN SILLY CIRCLES by Mike Wimmer
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Conrad respects the priorities of her readers; they will reward her by looking forward to more adventures about Nicki and her friends."
Nicki, of I Don't Live Here!, returns in another amusing examination of suburban minutia. Read full book review >
WHAT I DID FOR ROMAN by Pam Conrad
Released: April 1, 1987

"Darcie's final escape from what has become an evil spell is heart-stopping."
Darcie, 16, seeks her father, Paul, and is befriended by handsome, intriguing Roman during a summer that climaxes with a startling tragedy. Read full book review >