Books by Randall Platt

PROFESSOR RENOIR’S COLLECTION OF ODDITIES, CURIOSITIES, AND DELIGHTS by Randall Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2019

"A heart-rending and memorable picture of 19th-century challenges for girls with unusual bodies—and for captive animals—though the narration sometimes uses carnival lenses itself. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A 19th-century girl with an unusual physique makes herself a life. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE by Randall Platt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing addition to Holocaust fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
"Just who are you?…No. What are you?" These questions are at the heart of this survival story set in World War II Warsaw. Read full book review >
INCOMMUNICADO by Randall Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Readers will respond to one girl's determination to do what's right during a dark time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Paranoia and racial tension ripple through coastal Oregon's Sea Park during the onset of World War II. Read full book review >
HELLIE JONDOE by Randall Platt
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

New York City in 1918 is a tough place for an orphan girl, and Hellie (born Helena) survives by hanging with her brother Harry's gang, picking pockets and convincing everyone she's a boy. When Harry gets shot in a gang quarrel, Hellie is devastated; all her savvy and grit came from Harry, the only person she trusts. Harry, knowing that her situation is precarious, convinces her he is dead and sells her to a shady outfit peddling orphans on the trains west. Completely uncivilized, Hellie quickly convinces the smarmy Miss Bergeson she is as unadoptable as the facially disfigured Lizzie and little club-footed Joey. Hellie is looking for a free ride but is stymied when all three children are sold to a woman in Oregon with a big spread and not one ounce of human kindness visible. Has Hellie met her match? The third-person account moves quickly, and the dialogue is liberally sprinkled with period slang (glossed in the back). Despite an unfortunate cover, this is solid historical fiction with a scrappy heroine who is genuinely tough and a true survivor. Irrepressible and irreverent. (Historical fiction. YA)Read full book review >