Books by Pat Derby

AWAY TO THE GOLDFIELDS! by Pat Derby
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Sequel, anyone? (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Molly, 16, is left with her witless older brother to run their poor New Hampshire farm after their feckless father leaves to find California gold in 1848. Read full book review >
GRAMS, HER BOYFRIEND, MY FAMILY, AND ME by Pat Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Even so, Derby's genuine insights into this typically idiosyncratic family, and the engaging, kid-engineered elopement sequence, make this third novel her best yet. (Fiction. 11-15)"
The title manifests the theme of this agreeable family portrait: Andy, 15, relays events between Grams' breaking her arm and, consequently, having to squeeze into her son's cramped San Francisco house with his unwilling wife and five kids, and her elopement, months later—assisted by her three teenage grandchildren—with a gentleman whose daughter is as horrified by the match as Grams' son is. Read full book review >