Books by Priscilla Cummings

CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >
THE JOURNEY BACK by Priscilla Cummings
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"It's a satisfying one, though, and it rises above the genre via gritty language and secondary characters with lives of their own. (map) (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sentenced to a juvenile detention camp and eager to escape, Digger has a plan that sends him on a journey that is both a survival story and a lesson in trust. Read full book review >
BLINDSIDED by Priscilla Cummings
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A final short section on Braille offers a basic view of the alphabet's structure. (Fiction. YA)"
Born without an iris, a condition known as sporadic aniridia, 14-year-old Natalie faces the harsh reality that she will become blind. Read full book review >
WHAT MR. MATTERO DID by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Too much content, not enough style. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dual narrators relate the story of a middle-school music teacher accused of improperly touching three of his students. Read full book review >
RED KAYAK by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Too bad: it deserves an audience. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A courageous teen's moral dilemma—and how he comes to terms with it—underscores this well-written, sometimes gripping story. Read full book review >
SAVING GRACE by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The vivid rendition of the Depression era makes this a valuable addition to the genre. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Great Depression destroys Grace McFarland's family. Read full book review >
A FACE FIRST by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The burn unit procedures carry a fascination of their own and will appeal to those readers who love weepy medical dramas, but Kelley's ordinariness ultimately keeps her story ordinary, too. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Kelley is terribly burned in an automobile accident, she must heal not only physically, but psychologically as well. Read full book review >
AUTUMN JOURNEY by Priscilla Cummings
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The prose shows the ease and confidence of an old pro, and gives off the power of someone who understands well the human heart. (Fiction. 10+)"
A lyrical tale of a family pushed to the edge: In separate stories that eventually converge, a young Canada goose is wounded by a young boy, Will, who is trying to cope with the disintegration of his family. Read full book review >