Books by Patrick Carman

MR. GEDRICK AND ME by Patrick Carman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The funny and comforting way this lovely family slowly turns away from sadness is a balm for all readers—there are not many like it on the shelves. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A reimagined Mary Poppins, set in 21st-century Chicago, with a Mr. Gedrick playing the role of the magical nanny restoring a family from grief. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The quirkiness of Carman's tale could easily become too familiar, but he pulls new rabbits out of his storytelling sleeve pretty much with each turn of the page, keeping them turning. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Another topsy-turvy adventure takes place in this last episode in Carman's hotel trilogy. Read full book review >
PULSE by Patrick Carman
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"The successful mix of suspense and romance combines with unexpected twists to keep readers engrossed from the start and begging for more. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)"
Best-selling author Carman launches a new series in a dystopian civilization that has its roots in today's United States. Read full book review >
3 BELOW by Patrick Carman
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An adventurous romp, as atmospheric as incense and as smooth as lemonade on a summer day. (Magical adventure. 9-12)"
Leo Fillmore, 11 years old and proprietor of New York City's most engagingly eccentric hotel (Floors, 2011), returns with a juicy, potentially calamitous dilemma. Read full book review >
DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Carman's dedication to integrating digital content with print is admirable, but as a standalone book, this thriller doesn't thrill. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The author of the Skeleton Creek and Trackers series continues to explore multiplatform narratives with this tale of phobia treatment gone awry. Read full book review >
FLOORS by Patrick Carman
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The author is a fine storyteller; he rides the mystery right up to the edge invests his characters with quirks that aren't merely cute but essential to the person's identity. (Magical adventure. 9-12)"
Here is the Whippet Hotel, a very strange place: Each of its floors has its own eccentric personality, especially the hidden ones. Read full book review >
TRACKERS by Patrick Carman
Released: May 1, 2010

"The website is darn nifty though, and young technophiles will probably make it through on the gee-whiz factor alone. (Adventure/novelty. 9-12)"
Fifteen-year-old technology genius Adam Henderson and his best friends Finn, Emily and Lewis call themselves "Trackers" (not hackers) and practice "missions" around Seattle using Adam's high-tech gadgets. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2010

"Page-turning suspense through the end. (Thriller. YA)"
A ward of the state for most of his life, Jacob has bounced from home to home until landing with the eccentric and mildly iconoclastic Mr. Fielding—who, when the car they're in hits a tree at 60 miles an hour, dies, but not before passing on an unusual attribute. Read full book review >
SKELETON CREEK by Patrick Carman
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Carman's style holds some promise for readers who can get past the contrivance. (Mystery. 10-14)"
Mischance befalls 15-year-old Ryan as he investigates the shadowed past of his small Oregon town, leaving him with a broken leg and the threat of a cross-country move if he attempts to contact his best friend and fellow investigator, Sarah. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2008

"There's a lot to like in this science-fiction adventure—danger abounds, science seems to have run amok and a neat (but not too neat) ending ties up most of the loose ends. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Carman continues the story he began in Atherton: The House of Power (2007), depicting a world created scientifically as an alternative to its ecologically failing parent planet. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"For a much more satisfying fantasy of wildlife in a city park, read Johanna Hurwitz's charming Pee Wee and Plush (2002). (Fiction. 5-7)"
Elliot, a squirrel who wears glasses and clothing and lives in a park with his friends, loves solving problems. Read full book review >
INTO THE MIST by Patrick Carman
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This can stand on its own merits but will be a surefire winner wherever the original series is popular. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Carman returns to the Land of Elyon with a second series set in the dystopian world. Read full book review >
ATHERTON by Patrick Carman
Released: May 1, 2007

"A humdinger of a cliff-hanger will leave even reluctant readers demanding more, and soon. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
The world is Atherton; the inhabitants are human; the government is dystopian—a standard science fiction/fantasy formula. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Still, a trip with Alexa Daley through the Valley of Thorns is well worth the effort. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Alexa Daley and her father return to the walled city of Bridewell, where Mr. Daley has more strictures for Alexa's behavior than ever. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Bravo! (Fiction. 10-12)"
Thomas Warvold, founder of the land of Elyon, constructed walls around its four towns, ensuring, so he thought, his people's safety from the dangers in the surrounding countryside. Read full book review >