Books by Patricia Reilly Giff

WINTER SKY by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Tender and satisfying. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Siria was born on New Year's Day and named for the star Sirius, which shines brightest in the winter. Read full book review >
PATTI CAKE AND HER NEW DOLL by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Books on moving to a bigger bed abound; this title does little to set itself apart. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Giff's rather wordy text about a little girl moving to a new room and a big bed may fail to keep young readers engaged, but Bryant's watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations add a touch of sweet humor. Read full book review >
HUNTER MORAN HANGS OUT by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"For summer reading or dreaming of summer, this satisfying sequel can be a good starting point for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rising sixth-graders Hunter and Zack make the most of the last four days of their summer vacation, attempting to stave off a kidnapping, performing rescues and welcoming yet another sibling. Read full book review >
GINGERSNAP by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"While the outcome is foreseeable, Jayna's journey is a memorable one. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Giff is one of few writers who can entwine an odd lot of characters, set them in Brooklyn during World War II, flavor the story with soup recipes, add a ghost and infuse the plot with a longing for family—and make it all believable. Read full book review >
THE SNEAKY SNOW FOX by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Not likely to sneak past the early-reader set. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Giff's Fiercely and Friends early-reader series limps along with this not-so-suspenseful tale. Read full book review >
HUNTER MORAN SAVES THE UNIVERSE by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The boys' exaggerated escapades make for an appealing read-aloud as well as a successful summer read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On the first day of vacation, when rising sixth-grader Hunter Moran intercepts a phone call he interprets as a bomb plot, he sets out with his twin brother, Zack, to save the town of Newfield. Read full book review >
THE BIG SOMETHING by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: July 1, 2012

"A disappointment from a noted writer in an era when outstanding early readers abound. (Early reader. 5-7)"
The Big Something doesn't end up amounting to much in this lackluster beginning reader. Read full book review >
BEARS BEWARE by Patricia Reilly Giff
Released: April 10, 2012

"Young readers transitioning to chapter books will find themselves laughing while they empathize. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Mitchell thinks he isn't brave, so an overnight camping trip fills him with worry—and, besides, he doesn't want to celebrate his birthday in the woods. Read full book review >
STAR TIME by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"These amusing tales feel increasingly cozy as the reader comes to know each character one by one; fans of the Zigzag Kids will anticipate the next. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Each slim volume of The Zigzag Kids series highlights one character among the diverse group of friends attending one afterschool program; in this fourth installment, Gina is convinced that she will be the shining star of the upcoming Afternoon Center play. Read full book review >
FLYING FEET by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"The tension builds mildly, exploring the concept of individuality and the expanding pressures of growing up, demonstrating Giff's keen understanding of chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The third in the Zigzag Kids series, which features a culturally diverse, tight-knit cast and focuses on one character per installment, turns to would-be inventor Charlie. Read full book review >
STORYTELLER by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Still, this is a lovely story about love and loss, a little-known aspect of Revolutionary history and the way the past informs the present, and the ending is gratifying. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When her artist father is invited to Australia, Elizabeth must stay with an aunt she barely knows. Read full book review >
NUMBER ONE KID by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Sequel Big Whopper publishes simultaneously (ISBN: 978-0-385-74688-5; PLB: 978-0-385-90926-6; paper: 978-0-553-49469-3). (Fiction. 6-9)"
This debut title in Giff's Zigzag Kids series introduces a large cast of characters who gather at the Afternoon Center of Zelda A. Zigzag School. Read full book review >
WILD GIRL by Patricia Reilly Giff
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"A stakes winner. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Five years ago, when she was seven, Lidie's mother died and her father and brother left to train racehorses in America without her. Read full book review >
ELEVEN by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"An engrossing examination of a profound theme in the deft hands of a discerning author. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This psychological mystery explores a child's deepest genetic need for belonging. Read full book review >
WATER STREET by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Bird Mallon wants to be a healer like her mother, but she has doubts about her capabilities. Read full book review >
WILLOW RUN by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Spam and spies, 1940s songs and Victrolas and a lively cast of characters make wartime America pop to life in this finely wrought story of cowardice, courage and digging deep. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This is a rare, vivid glimpse of the wartime sacrifices of American families who stayed behind during WWII. Read full book review >
DON’T TELL THE GIRLS by Patricia Reilly Giff
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2005

"Persistence pays and her affectionately narrated experience, enlivened by family photographs and memorabilia, will encourage aspiring family anthropologists. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Like her dear Nana, her mother's mother before her, Giff is a gifted sort of seamstress, stitching stories and fancies and family legends with fine threads of fact to construct a fabric of her family's history. Read full book review >
A HOUSE OF TAILORS by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Giff's fans will be pleased. (Fiction. 9-12)"
With her sure storytelling voice and gentle-hearted touch, Giff spins another tale of immigration, this one her German great-grandmother's story. Read full book review >
MAGGIE’S DOOR by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Heart-wrenching and unforgettable. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Nory Ryan is the last of her family to leave 1840s famine-tortured Ireland to join her sister Maggie in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"This touching story will leave readers pleasantly drained, satisfied with the happy ending, and eager for more about Hollis's future. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Twelve-year-old Hollis Woods, abandoned as a one-hour-old baby, was named after the part of Queens where she was found with a note pinned on her blanket: "Call her Hollis Woods." Read full book review >
ALL THE WAY HOME by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Readers will be swept away. (Fiction. 10-12)"
It is the summer of 1941. Read full book review >
NORY RYAN’S SONG by Patricia Reilly Giff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newbery Medal–winner Giff (Lily's Crossing, 1997, etc.) weaves wisps of history into this wrenching tale of an Irish family sundered by the Great Potato Famine. Read full book review >
LILY'S CROSSING by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It's a strong ending to a deftly told story. (Fiction. 10-12)"
 In 1944, Lily's eagerly awaited summer vacation becomes a time of anxiety when her widower father, Poppy, announces that he's off to Europe with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Read full book review >
SHARK IN SCHOOL by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A solid book that accurately depicts many of the heartaches of the first days at a new school. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 Matthew Jackson is about to attend a new school, but that's not the worst of it: He hasn't done his summer reading because he thinks he doesn't know how to read, and he only has one friend, J.P. When school begins, the horrors mount. Read full book review >
NEXT YEAR I'LL BE SPECIAL by Patricia Reilly Giff
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Hafner's cheerful cartoon-style illustrations depict Marilyn as animated (and almost smug) with her imagined success. (Picture book. 5-8)"
 Marilyn lists her hopes for second grade, when mean Miss Minch will still be in first and her teacher will be smiley Miss Lark. Read full book review >
SHOW TIME AT THE POLK STREET SCHOOL by Patricia Reilly Giff
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A solid introduction for aspiring thespians. (Plays. 6-10)"
 Three simple plays based on Giff's popular Polk Street books: The Candy Corn Contest, The Secret at the Polk Street School, and Fancy Feet. Read full book review >