Books by Peter Johnson

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ by Peter Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 24, 2014

"This friendship story will appeal to word nerds and those that tolerate them, and it may even produce some tears under cover of humor. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Benny navigates the treacherous waters of seventh grade with wit and sarcasm. Read full book review >
OUT OF EDEN by Peter Johnson
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A compelling portrayal of inevitable, realistic violence and evil personified. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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A family vacation goes asunder amid notes of Deliverance, religious delusions and frighteningly plausible violence. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"In the end, Houdini realizes that writing has changed him and altered his perspective on people and life. Readers will feel the same way. And just try to get kids not to make their own lists or attempt their own novels. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A middle-schooler writes a kids' novel; an author writes an engaging, amiable read—and, presto, a tale about a boy nicknamed Houdini turns out magical. Read full book review >
LOSERVILLE by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"An interesting enough premise, but overall oddly constructed with little new to offer. (Fiction. YA)"
Lucas and his crew—eccentric Nate, hotheaded Derek and twins Phoebe and Coco—are typical teenagers, engaging in low-grade mischief and experimenting with drugs and rebellion. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENED by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"Perhaps this cautionary tale of male youth might find an audience among disaffected suburban teenagers; but readers should be prepared to hang on to the narrative as it slides between flashback and narrative just as the narrator hangs on for the ride of his life from the back seat. (Fiction. YA)"
This slim work, authored by an award-winning poet, is well written and even compelling at times, though nothing really happens and characters change minimally. Read full book review >