Books by Patrick Jennings

HISSY FITZ by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Not Jennings' best, but worth it for cat fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Can't a kitty catch a break for a nap? Not in the Fitz house. Read full book review >
GUINEA DOG 3 by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Youngsters will eagerly jump in for another fast, fun read. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
It's summer vacation, and in this third in the light-reading Guinea Dog series, Rufus' and Murph's families are taking their traditional trip to the lake, unusual guinea pigs included. Read full book review >
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 >
MY HOMEWORK ATE MY HOMEWORK by Patrick Jennings
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 >
INVASION OF THE DOGNAPPERS by Patrick Jennings
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

"The school characters are fairly one dimensional, but the undeniably funny plot moves along, and readers into beginning chapter books should enjoy this wry story of wish fulfillment. (Animal fantasy. 7-9)"
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

"Readers will enjoy her snake's-eye view of human foibles and cheer her on her way when a chance for release comes at last. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
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

"Compelling. (Fiction. 12-14)"
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

"Well-written but overwrought. (Fiction. 12-14)"
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

"Humorous and insightful. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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

"Not as action-packed as readers might like, but layered and thought-provoking. (Fiction. 12-14)"
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 utilitarian tale for new chapter book readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
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

"The short episode format (no chapter headings) will appeal to the first-chapter set and the third in the series is scheduled for 2003. (Fiction. 7-9)"
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

"Young readers will want to stay tuned for other volumes of the adventures of Ike and Mem that are sure to follow. (Fiction. 6-9)"
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

"Beastly begins to reconnect with the world of humans while bestowing on Nickel a real connection to wild creatures in this richly imagined kind-hearted novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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 >
PUTNAM AND PENNYROYAL by Patrick Jennings
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Readers expecting an animal adventure along the lines of Avi's, or Dick King-Smith's, will be underwhelmed by this chewy allegory. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
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 great read-aloud, y un libro perfecto! (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
A joy—an original, uniquely funny first novel that is thought-provoking as well, from a witty ambassador of languages and cultures. Read full book review >