Books by Rachel Vail

KISS ME AGAIN by Rachel Vail
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"An enjoyable romance that eschews smutty for sweet. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Middle-class girls in early adolescence will love this book—as will their mothers. Read full book review >
FLABBERSMASHED ABOUT YOU by Rachel Vail
Released: July 3, 2012

"As the future of Katie and Jennifer's friendship remains unknown, this is for readers who are confronting loss or shifts in friendship. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The third Katie Honors entry (Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, 2002; Jibberwillies at Night, 2008) again traverses critical emotional territory, though the visual and textual quality don't match the topic's importance. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2012

"Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Justin tries to convince himself that, in spite of his well-earned nickname, he is not a worried kid anymore and that summer vacation means that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Read full book review >
PIGGY BUNNY by Rachel Vail
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Though the believe-in-yourself theme has been told in many ways, Liam holds his own with his quiet determination. Who can resist a piglet who introduces himself with "Hello, my name is Liam and I'll be your Easter Bunny"? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another entry in the well-populated genre of animals that experience an existential crisis features a pig who wants to be the Easter Bunny. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2010

This final book in the Avery sisters trilogy (preceded by Lucky, 2008, and Gorgeous, 2009) centers on introverted Quinn, the oldest and most responsible of the three. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2010

Third grader Justin Case gets this nickname thanks to his amazing ability to worry about everything. Read full book review >

GORGEOUS by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

With two popular and beautiful sisters, Allison Avery feels like she'll never measure up. Read full book review >

JIBBERWILLIES AT NIGHT by Rachel Vail
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

This lively tale offers an ingenious solution to conquering children's nighttime fears. Read full book review >

LUCKY by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

Phoebe, "pretty, popular [and] rich," knows that she is lucky. Read full book review >

RIGHTY AND LEFTY by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

Bad enough that Lefty wants to live a life enveloped in galoshes, but does he have to be so neurotic? Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

Sophomore Josie narrates: She has two best friends, two parents who care about her in an absentminded way and Michael, whom she's known since forever, whom she writes songs with and whom she kisses absentmindedly on a regular basis. Read full book review >

IF WE KISS by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

Kisses take on a whole new dimension in this touching and tangled teen drama. Read full book review >

MAMA REX & T by Rachel Vail
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

Any parent who has suffered through the last-minute madness of preparing school projects will smile at the premise of this transitional easy reader, part of a new series from Vail (The Horrible Playdate, p. 964). Read full book review >

MAMA REX & T by Rachel Vail
DINOSAURS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

When T's friend Walter comes over to play, things go badly. Read full book review >

SOMETIMES I’M BOMBALOO by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

A keen-eyed view on the evolution and eruption of a child's tantrum and its aftermath. Read full book review >

NOT THAT I CARE by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

paper 0-590-37453-2 Prickly, unlovable Morgan narrates the third book in Vail's Friendship Ring trilogy (If You Only Knew,1998, not reviewed), presenting what amounts to an autobiography in flashback as she waits nervously to be called on in class. Read full book review >

OVER THE MOON by Rachel Vail
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Vail (Daring to be Abigail, 1996, etc.) reimagines a nursery rhyme as a Broadway production headed for disaster; running concurrent with the lines of the rhyme is the exasperated exchanges between noted director, Hiram "Hi" Diddle Diddle, and his uncooperative cow. Read full book review >

DARING TO BE ABIGAIL by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

Abby, 11, has a promising first day at Camp Nashaquitsa: Her new bunkmates accept her as Abigail, as she would like to be known, and she expects to prove herself the strong, brave person she believes her recently deceased father wanted her to be. Read full book review >

EVER AFTER by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

Molly writes about the summer she's 14 in a handsomely bound journal, a gift from her difficult best friend Vicky. Read full book review >

DO-OVER by Rachel Vail
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

The author of Wonder (1991) presents another perceptive story about kids in the same junior high. Read full book review >

WONDER by Rachel Vail
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Seventh grade begins as a disaster: not only has Jessica's best friend Sheila made an alliance with five other girls who arrive dressed alike, but the new group dubs Jessica ``Wonder'' (as in Wonder Bread) in honor of the bold polka dots she's wearing. Read full book review >