Books by Peni R. Griffin

11,000 YEARS LOST by Peni R. Griffin
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Likable characters populate a fully realized world. (author's note, map, bibliography) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An 11-year-old finds herself in prehistoric Texas, where family politics are as confusing as the ways to kill a mammoth. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC THIEF by Peni R. Griffin
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The author observes without moralizing, allowing readers a clearer view of choices in their own lives, as well an understanding that Alma's decision to call the police, and her genuine remorse, reveals admirable levels of courage and integrity. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A child sneaks into a neighbor's empty house seeking refuge from her noisy, overcrowded one in this tale of loss and hard life choices. Read full book review >
THE GHOST SITTER by Peni R. Griffin
Released: June 1, 2001

"This is entertaining fiction that doesn't for a moment sacrifice solid writing for plot. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Griffin's (Switching Well, 1993, etc.) worthy ghost story of the lost spirit of a ten-year-old is as thought-provoking as it is goosebump-inducing. Read full book review >
MARGO'S HOUSE by Peni R. Griffin
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A mystifying, still enjoyable story. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After her father, an unemployed carpenter, has a heart attack, Margo wakes up as Sis, one of the dolls he crafted for her. Read full book review >
VIKKI VANISHES by Peni R. Griffin
Released: May 1, 1995

"Their mother's emotional distance is harder to swallow, but on the whole, this tightly written novel moves along well, building dramatic tension until the girls are reunited. (Fiction. 12+)"
Suspense over a sibling in danger, and no kind words for estranged fathers. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

"But they react to the clues in dribs and drabs; most readers will outpace them on the guesswork. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An obvious villain and an archetypal misunderstood youth are on the scene for a mild-mannered mystery about four girls and the abandoned house that becomes their neighborhood hideout. Read full book review >
SWITCHING WELL by Peni R. Griffin
Released: April 30, 1993

"Thoughtful, expertly plotted, richly imaginative and entertaining. (Fiction. 10-14)"
On the day of San Antonio's 1891 ``Battle of the Flowers,'' Ada Bauer, chafing under a teacher's criticism of her essay on women's rights, stands over a well and wishes she ``lived a hundred years from now.'' On the same day in 1991, Amber Burak- -who's just learned that her parents are divorcing and who's distressed by the children's troubles in a home where her mom is a social worker—makes the same wish in reverse. Read full book review >
THE TREASURE BIRD by Peni R. Griffin
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Griffin plays fair with her readers—all the clues needed to solve the mystery are right there in the story—but the solution is a surprise nevertheless. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Communication—singing and speaking—is important in Griffin's novels. Read full book review >
HOBKIN by Peni R. Griffin
Released: April 30, 1992

"If things are a little too easy (empty farmhouse, compliant owner, workaholic brownie), they nevertheless make an entertaining story. (Fiction. 9+)"
Kay and Liza Franklin—not their real names, as Liza keeps telling herself—fled home after their stepfather, who abused Kay as a child, turned his attention to Liza. Read full book review >
A DIG IN TIME by Peni R. Griffin
Released: April 30, 1991

"The internal logic of the poetry and of the rules governing time travel are maintained; the hint of deeper meaning is reminiscent of Mahy. (Fiction. 10+)"
Left with their grandmother while their archeologist parents are on a dig, Tim and Nan pass the time by staking out the yard of the family homestead and digging for artifacts. Read full book review >