Books by Rich Wallace

Released: March 1, 2014

"The life of the renowned athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias offers the combination of sports, entertainment and celebrity that will interest young readers, and the Wallaces play it well. (Biography. 9-14)"
Born in 1911 to Norwegian immigrant parents in Port Arthur, Texas, from her earliest years, Babe Didrikson wanted to compete. Read full book review >
WICKED CRUEL by Rich Wallace
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Well-crafted, eerie tales of the bonds between the dead and the living. Wicked good. (Ghost stories. 10 & up)"
Welcome to Cheshire Notch, N.H., "a town where kids grow up aware of the many spirits in their midst." Read full book review >
WAR & WATERMELON by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2011

"Readers will enjoy Brody's story as he, in these few weeks, makes one small step toward manhood. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Brody Winslow says, "It feels like my whole life's about to change. Moving into junior high is like stepping out of childhood, whether you want to or not." Read full book review >
THE BALL HOGS by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: June 8, 2010

"Holder's simple sketches complement the straightforward narration, which will guide, if not inspire, maturing soccer players. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A little light on plot, this new series designed for middle-grade readers focuses on soccer skills and sportsmanship and is full of play-by-play action. Read full book review >
SPORTS CAMP by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Good fun for young sportsmen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Pitched directly at sports fanatics, Wallace's new novel follows an 11-year-old boy during his first visit to Camp Olympia, where he'll join with his new buddies in Cabin Three to compete with five other cabins in various sports for the coveted camp trophy. Read full book review >
PERPETUAL CHECK by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A decent choice for boys looking for mental rather than physical adventures. (Fiction. YA)"
Fighting, flirting and familial pressure set the scene for an intense day at a regional chess tournament. Read full book review >
DISHES by Rich Wallace
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Wallace's true form shines with short, choppy, succinct chapters and an action-driven plot full of laughs, misunderstandings, grit and fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Ogunquit, Maine: Gayest. Town. Ever. And Danny's destination for a summer job. Read full book review >
ONE GOOD PUNCH by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Readers will wish there were more to it. (Fiction. YA)"
To everyone around him, Michael Kerrigan is "almost too good to be true." Read full book review >
SECOND-STRING CENTER by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 6, 2007

"However, for reluctant readers and sports fans, this, like the rest of the series, is a strong choice. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cornell "Dunk" Duncan and his team from Dunk Under Pressure (2006) return for another in the Winning Season series. Read full book review >
RESTLESS by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Physical and philosophical: one of Wallace's best. (Fiction. YA)"
Ghosts aren't the only restless spirits in an intriguing, poignant narrative told by an athlete's dead brother. Read full book review >
LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Moving and engaging. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Wallace returns to the town of Sturbridge with nine lyrical stories about athlete and poet Ron, who has athleticism far less grim than that of Wrestling Sturbridge (1996). Read full book review >
SHOTS ON GOAL by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Engrossing fare. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wallace flattens the sophomore jinx in this taut, present-tense tale of an underdog high-school soccer team battling internal dissension, set in the same Pennsylvania town as his strong debut, Wrestling Sturbridge (1996). Read full book review >
WRESTLING STURBRIDGE by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"The young characters here, male and female, are all athletes, but not stereotyped jocks, and Wallace limns the pleasures and limitations of small-town culture with a sure hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This strong debut, set in a small Pennsylvania town where local sports rule, pits a senior wrestler against both a close friend and the prospect of a dead-end, beer-and-factory-work future. Read full book review >