Books by Peter Dickinson

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"These strange, sometimes beautiful tales might find their best readership among those who think they have moved beyond YA. (Fantasy and science fiction short stories. 14 & up)"
Twice before, Dickinson teamed up with his wife, Robin McKinley, to create short story collections centered on elemental themes; now he concludes the elemental quartet with this solo collection of earth and air stories. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Five tales of fiery beasts shimmer in an uneven fantasy collection by the noted husband-and-wife team. Read full book review >

ANGEL ISLE by Peter Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

Centuries have passed since the Printz Honor Award-winning The Ropemaker (2001): Mountain horsemen have attacked The Valley and two adults and a teenager set out, searching for a magician to renew life-saving enchantments on their home. Read full book review >

INSIDE GRANDAD by Peter Dickinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

Are selkies the cause or the cure for Gavin's grandfather's stroke? Read full book review >

THE TEARS OF THE SALAMANDER by Peter Dickinson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

In the wake of Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (2002), co-authored with Robin McKinley, Dickinson offers an extended tale braided with fire. Read full book review >

THE ROPEMAKER by Peter Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Dickinson's new work is a quest fantasy, but not in the heroic mold. Read full book review >

WATER by Robin McKinley
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2001

Veteran fantasists bring six new short stories to readers in a collection that explores aspects of water both benign and malignant. Read full book review >

SOME DEATHS BEFORE DYING by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 8, 1999

Ninety-year-old, bedridden Rachel Martin (—the provinces of her body gone for good") lies waiting to die. Read full book review >

FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

Here is beauty with a shiver in it: four elegant, eerie stories from Dickinson (Chuck and Danielle, 1996, etc.). In ``The Spring,'' a turnabout and darkling version of It's a Wonderful Life, a boy discovers what life would be like if he had a twin, and gets a glimpse of the world had he never been born. Read full book review >

CHUCK AND DANIELLE by Peter Dickinson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

The author of Shadow of a Hero (1994) and other profound, stimulating longer novels demonstrates his versatility with this brief, light-as-air tale of a highstrung whippet, nicknamed Chuck, and her fond young keeper, Danielle. Read full book review >

SHADOW OF A HERO by Peter Dickinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Letta is an ordinary English schoolgirl until 1989, when her life is transformed by the resurgence of ethnic identification after the fall of communism. Read full book review >

THE YELLOW ROOM CONSPIRACY by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1994

In tantalizingly alternating chapters, Jewish Etonian Paul Ackerley and Lady Lucy Seddon recall the tangled events that, back in 1956, led them and Lucy's sisters to murder and a media firestorm at the height of the Suez crisis. Read full book review >

TIME AND THE CLOCK MICE, ETCETERA by Peter Dickinson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

Dickinson brings to this lighthearted, intricately crafted book several of his themes in such books for older readers as A Bone from a Dry Sea (1993): the relative meaning of time, the hazards of equating ability with virtue, and the joy of innovation. Read full book review >

A BONE FROM A DRY SEA by Peter Dickinson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

Dickinson (AK, etc.) returns to his native Africa for an imaginative look at humanity's dawn, postulating a male-dominated tribe of ape-like hominids who depend on the sea for food, have no tools, and communicate with calls that are not yet language. Read full book review >

AK by Peter Dickinson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

Two thoughtful books hinging on the ironic contrasts between rumor, garbled press coverage, and reality have received recent awards: Avi's Nothing But the Truth (1991, Newbery Honor) is a satirical look at muddy thinking and inarticulate communication in small-town America; AK (Whitbread Award, 1990) dramatizes the tragic consequences of misinformation in an invented but realistically drawn African nation (Dickinson was born in what is now Zambia). Orphaned Paul is a ``Warrior'' (junior guerrilla) under the protection of leader Michael Kagomi. Read full book review >

PLAY DEAD by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1992

Fifty-ish Poppy Trasker, unhappily divorced and marking time by minding her grandson Toby for her politically-minded daughter-in-law Janet, is asked to identify a dead man found in Toby's play center. Read full book review >


A gifted fantasy-writer combines a dystopian future with an imaginative exercise: describing what it would be like to be the hybrid that results when the brain-patterns and memory of a dying girl are transferred into the brain of a chimpanzee. Read full book review >