Books by Patrick Jennings

ODD, WEIRD & LITTLE by Patrick Jennings
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At last: a humorous, useful and pedantry-free book about bullying! Read full book review >
GUINEA DOG 2 by Patrick Jennings
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"With the introduction of Fido's gifted progeny, Jennings leaves readers begging for another absurd adventure. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Jennings picks up where Guinea Dog (2010) left off in this playful, quick-paced tale that touches on some common dilemmas for middle graders. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2013

"Humorous, enjoyable and light. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An amusing, fast-paced tale about an irrepressible drama queen who has to cope when she doesn't get the starring role in the class play. Read full book review >
BAT AND RAT by Patrick Jennings
Released: May 1, 2012

"Cordell's starry cityscapes combine with Jennings' gentle text for an agreeable read-aloud—with a cherry on top. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sweet friendship story hums with jazz and is heaped with ice cream. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2012

"Just another alien invasion headed off by solid detective work. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
A rash of dognappings prompts a young sleuth's obvious (to him) conclusion that space aliens are to blame. Read full book review >
GUINEA DOG by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

A humorous story about an unusual pet. Read full book review >

WE CAN’T ALL BE RATTLESNAKES by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

Like a Dick King-Smith tale with a bit more bite—and a certain amount of biting—this animal-narrated episode casts a satiric light on human behavior but leaves room for compassion, too. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

It's 1975, and Barb calls Jeff to dump him on behalf of her friend Viv, Jeff's former girlfriend. Read full book review >

WISH RIDERS by Patrick Jennings
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Once again, Jennings offers an odd amalgam of historical fiction (set in Depression times) and fantasy. Read full book review >

OUT STANDING IN MY FIELD by Patrick Jennings
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Ty Cutter is expected to live out his father's dreams of baseball glory. Read full book review >

THE WOLVING TIME by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

Set in a medieval French village, this owes more to the historical werewolf mythology than pop culture. Read full book review >

THE WEEPING WILLOW by Patrick Jennings
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

A spat separates best friends, but only temporarily, in this slender sequel to The Tornado Watchers (p. 882). Read full book review >

THE TORNADO WATCHES by Patrick Jennings
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

In the second story about these siblings, a tornado warning sends Ike, his parents, and younger sister Mem to the basement. Read full book review >

THE BIRD SHADOW by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 30, 2001

Ike and Mem are pressured into visiting the Hawkins place, an abandoned and haunted house on the outskirts of town, but find that they are in for more than just an adventure. Read full book review >

THE BEASTLY ARMS by Patrick Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

Nickel is a sixth-grader so attuned to animals that he sees them everywhere: first in the clouds—where the mutable shapes in the sky become camels, kangaroos, musk-oxen, and hares—and then in the people he meets in his city, recognizing in each an animal in disguise, bipedal like Miriam, his companion kangaroo rat. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

From Jennings (Faith and the Rocket Cat, 1998, etc.), a quirky tale of two grebes with very different characters. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A joy—an original, uniquely funny first novel that is thought-provoking as well, from a witty ambassador of languages and cultures. The first-person narrator, a little dog (``electric'' is wordplay on Spanish for ``current,'' as well as ``cheap'' and ``no good'') of the streets of Mexico, discovers a willful child, Faith, being harassed by boys. Read full book review >