Books by P.J. Petersen

WILD RIVER by P.J. Petersen
Released: June 9, 2009

"Particularly recommended for those readers not quite ready for Gary Paulsen's The River (1991) but still eager for realistic thrills. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn't want to go at all. Read full book review >
RISING WATER by P.J. Petersen
Released: March 1, 2001

"Filled with narrow squeaks, set against a vividly realized natural disaster and animated by some fizzy chemistry between the protagonists, this page-turner will keep readers on the edges of their seats from the get-go. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of White Water (1997) offers another tightly wound boat ride into hardship and danger. Read full book review >
I HATE WEDDINGS by P.J. Petersen
Released: April 1, 2000

"The characters, including the adults, are drawn in low but distinct relief, emotional issues are laid out without being overanalyzed, and readers will wince in sympathy as Dan finds himself in one embarrassing situation after another. (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Previously met in I Hate Camping (1991) and I Hate Company (1994), young Dan goes from pillar to post when he's asked to be Best Man at his father's second wedding. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Nevertheless, his tone is gentle throughout, and the novel is one that could prompt good discussions. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A lighthearted tale about a boy intent on becoming trustworthy, from the author of White Water (p. 805). Read full book review >
WHITE WATER by P.J. Petersen
Released: June 1, 1997

"The book is a thrill ride—as the complications mount and a grittily determined Greg ingeniously responds to them, readers will come to admire him as much as James does. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though similar in concept to Marion Dane Bauer's Face to Face (1991), this pulse-pounding adventure features characters who are considerably more likable. Read full book review >
I HATE COMPANY by P.J. Petersen
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's hard enough to get boys this age to read: This won't do the trick. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Dan (I Hate Camping, 1991, etc.) puts up with long-term guests in the small apartment where he and his mother live: Mom's old friend Kay (a smoker—bleah!) and her irrepressible three- year-old son, Jimmy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"DiVito's frequent b&w illustrations resemble Sue Truesdell's in style; though they don't match Truesdell's impeccable eye and witty characterizations, they add nicely to the humor. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Matt and his little brother Jason fly from Phoenix to visit Dad and his new wife and stepdaughter in San Francisco, they're determined to be on their best behavior; meanwhile, Dad, wanting to make it a gala occasion, has planned a heavy two days of sightseeing. Read full book review >
THE SUB by P.J. Petersen
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When the substitute walks in, James and Ray quickly decide to switch desks and identities—but the joke turns as sour as the smells from Ray's garbage-filled desk when James finds himself blamed for his friend's high jinks and poor schoolwork. Read full book review >
LIARS by P.J. Petersen
Released: June 30, 1992

"Oddly, Sam's ESP plays no major role in resolving this taut, well-constructed mystery. (Fiction. 12-15)"
The placid daily routine in tiny Alder Creek, California, flies apart when an old prospector's house is first rifled, then burnt down—and when teenager Sam Thompson discovers both a talent for dowsing and an apparently related ability to tell when people are lying. Read full book review >