Books by Patricia Polacco

BECAUSE OF THURSDAY by Patricia Polacco
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Written in honor of her own beloved cat and inspired by a real restaurant, Polacco's paean to pasta won't suit the tastes of the intended audience, who would be better served by a second helping of one of her earlier creations. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A grieving widow finds a new lease on life and unexpected material success after adopting a stray cat. Read full book review >
THE MERMAID'S PURSE by Patricia Polacco
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Once again, Polacco brings forth a new family story, this time about her grandmother. Read full book review >
AN A FROM MISS KELLER by Patricia Polacco
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Equally sound as inspiration and writing advice, this tale fits neatly in Polacco's oeuvre. (Picture book. 6-12)"
There are now a half-dozen stories by Polacco about teachers who made a difference for her as she grew up. This one is about "Killer Keller," who never gave an A to anyone and whose students did not always last out the semester. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. Read full book review >
FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >
MR. WAYNE'S MASTERPIECE by Patricia Polacco
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Like Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998) and others, an inspiring tale made all the more so by its roots in life. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The terrible fear of speaking in public in front of others—no words will come out, no terror like it—is given passionate form in Polacco's latest, based, as her books often are, on an event from her own life. Read full book review >
CLARA AND DAVIE by Patricia Polacco
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Not up to Polacco's usual standard. (Picture book. 7-10)"
From her apparently inexhaustible font of family stories, Polacco chooses one about Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross and a distant relative by marriage. Read full book review >
GIFTS OF THE HEART by Patricia Polacco
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"The story has humor, deeper meaning and a mystery as to Kay Lamity's true identity. (Sharp-eyed readers will note that Kay bears a striking resemblance to Polacco's photo on the jacket flap!) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Polacco presents another offering in her series of nostalgic Christmas stories set in snowy Michigan of yesteryear, this time in the 1930s. Read full book review >