Books by Patricia Smith

THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >
JANNA AND THE KINGS by Patricia Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite the story's sweetness, it's not special enough to be an essential purchase. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Janna's favorite day is Saturday when her grandfather picks her up and takes her for a walk down Madison Street. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Despite many fine parts, this is ultimately more a cheerleading revisionist textbook than a rigorous scholarly history. (60 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The companion to a forthcoming PBS series (to air in October) exploring how slavery shaped America combines revisionist history and historical fiction with mixed results. Read full book review >