Books by Ron Koertge

SADIE'S STORY by Christine Heppermann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Adults will enjoy the witty non sequiturs, but the story, marred by conflicting themes, never quite coheres. (birding tips, resources) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Sadie's sad when her two best friends go on vacation without her until a witch moves into her backyard playhouse and shows Sadie a new way to see the world. Read full book review >
SEX WORLD by Ron Koertge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The cigarette analogy of 'Smoke-Long Stories' would seem to apply—if you smoke a pack straight through, few will be memorable, though perhaps rationing them to one at a time over a longer period will enhance the experience."
The title of this collection of very short stories is its most provocative element. Read full book review >
COALTOWN JESUS by Ron Koertge
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Didactic yet not preachy, Koertge's tale offers much food for thought. (Fiction/poetry. 12 & up)"
Months after his brother's death, an anguished teen finds his prayers for help answered in a surprising way. Read full book review >
LIES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge
Released: July 10, 2012

"Will catch some eyes, but this feels like edginess for edginess's sake, no deeper. (Fractured fairy tales. 14 & up)"
Short, brisk vignettes flip traditional fairy tales onto their backs. Read full book review >
NOW PLAYING:  STONER & SPAZ II by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Readers familiar with the first book will be glad to see Ben's return; newcomers will be glad they finally met him. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this darkly humorous sequel, Koertge continues the adventures of 16-year-old Ben Bancroft, "the Spaz," the kid with cerebral palsy readers met in the insightful and engaging Stoner & Spaz (2001). Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE MAKES THE PLAYOFFS by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Well done. (Fiction/poetry. 12 & up)"
For Kevin, baseball is a refuge in which he can lose himself to the intricacies and flow of the game. Read full book review >
DEADVILLE by Ron Koertge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Fans will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A tender, thought-provoking story takes a teen from the depths of despair to happiness. Read full book review >
STRAYS by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"The development of Ted, the slightly unreliable narrator—from sullen self-sufficient teen to tentative social animal—is heartwarmingly real, and the light magical touch adds a clever flavor to this appealing coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Ted's new to foster care, but not new to being unwanted. Read full book review >
BOY GIRL BOY by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Moreover, when Koertge does choose a place to move the plot forward, the result feels forced, especially after his delicate treatment of the characters' journey through self-discovery and acceptance. (Fiction. YA)"
Three unlikely longtime friends—Elliot, the basketball star whose religious parents don't approve of his friends, Theresa, the photographer who secretly harbors a crush on Elliot, and Larry, the clever film aficionado who's slowly coming to terms with his homosexuality—plot a summer escape in the form of a road trip from their home in small-town Iowa all the way to California. Read full book review >
MARGAUX WITH AN X by Ron Koertge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Despite some hard-to-buy scenes, Margaux's story ends on a hopeful note, demonstrating the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit. (Fiction. YA)"
Margaux, a devastatingly pretty, tightly wound teenage girl who was fundamentally betrayed by her father, uses her acid-laced tongue—along with her best friend Sara—to rule the school. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Kevin's mix of lame and not-so-lame poems effectively convey realistic learning and recovery curves—and may also plant the idea in receptive readers that it's okay for guys to write. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Koertge (Brimstone Journals, 2001, etc.) joins the ever-swelling ranks of writers experimenting with novels-in-verse with this journal of a teenaged jock who develops a taste for writing poetry while laid up with mono. Read full book review >
STONER & SPAZ by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"No fairy-tale ending crowns his relationship with Colleen, but Ben has ample reason to be hopeful about his future at the end of this insightful, engaging novel. (Fiction. YA)"
"Nobody talks about my disability. Nobody ever makes a joke about it. Read full book review >
THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS by Ron Koertge
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Even fans of Mel Glenn's soapy novels-in-poetry will be unimpressed. (Fiction. YA)"
In a series of free-verse poems, Koertge (Heart of the City, 1998, etc.) sketches out both a large cast of teenagers and an issues-heavy tale of high-school violence narrowly averted. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF THE CITY by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hanging over the story are instances of preaching, rampant political correctness, and heavy-handed messages of tolerance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lacking the high humor and deft characterizations that mark Koertge's YA novels, this book for middle graders is overwhelmed by the weight of its lessons. Read full book review >
CONFESS-O-RAMA by Ron Koertge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Koertge takes some potshots at the art world and the usual teen novel targets as he explores an unconventional friendship with sensitivity. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two stressed teens help each other out in this overpopulated but polished suburban comedy from Koertge (Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >
TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT by Ron Koertge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A consistently entertaining novel that moves swiftly to its thoughtful conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
After his dad left years ago, Jesse and his mom moved in with her father. Read full book review >
THE HARMONY ARMS by Ron Koertge
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Another strong showing from a fine author; more conventional and realistic than Francesca Block's books about L.A., and it makes a rewarding comparison with them. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Gabriel, 14, and his dad Sumner fly to L.A. for the summer, leaving his newly divorced mom on a bicycle trip with her boyfriend; Sumner, second-grade teacher and author of a children's book about Timmy, an otter, has a film contract. Read full book review >
MARIPOSA BLUES by Ron Koertge
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

At not quite 14, Graham reaches a crisis with his overbearing father. Read full book review >