Books by Paula Ayer

BEWARE THE MONSTER by Michaël  Escoffier
Released: April 10, 2018

"This funny and energetic story is a worthy addition to the pantheon of meta monster books, offering its own unique fillips of delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A hairy, horned turquoise-and-ocher monster's insatiable appetite drives the action in this metafictive picture book that combines humor, fear, and a touch of gross-out humor. Read full book review >
EAT UP! by Antonia Banyard
Released: April 11, 2017

"Food is not just elemental; it is remarkable, and this effort does it justice. (glossary, further reading, selected sources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Food fundamentals, branching into provocative digressions. Read full book review >
LILA AND THE CROW by Gabrielle Grimard
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Though hardly a bullying silver bullet, this is an artful take on resilience. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A lonely, bullied child comes to proudly claim the label her tormentors give her, refusing to let their hateful judgment determine her self-worth. Read full book review >
ABOUT PHOENIX by Nastasia Rugani
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slow, dispiriting case study of abuse. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Phoenix Cotton, a 16-year-old white girl, moves by herself through her unnamed high school life in an unnamed town, crushing on the white swimming hero Marlon Baldini. Read full book review >
WATER WOW! by Antonia Banyard
Released: April 12, 2016

"Refreshing and essential, like its subject. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An effervescent dive into water's nature, use, misuse, and conservation. Read full book review >
MISTER DOCTOR by Irène  Cohen-Janca
Released: July 1, 2015

"Haunting and memorable. (afterword, further reading, resources) (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In World War II Poland, a distinguished and visionary Jewish doctor lives and dies by his humanity. Read full book review >
FOODPRINTS by Paula Ayer
Released: July 1, 2015

"Regardless of its off-putting look, this effort is worthy of a broad audience. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Will teenagers willingly read an entertaining and brightly illustrated book about food, or will this effort reach only those who are writing reports? Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2015

"A celebration of independence that will have soon-to-be kindergartners counting all the ways they are ready for school. (Picture book. 3-5)"
One little girl tells readers the many things she knows how to do and the ways those everyday activities help her to be ready for kindergarten. Read full book review >