Books by Ron Koertge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Nobody talks about my disability. Read full book review >

THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS by Ron Koertge
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

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

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

Two stressed teens help each other out in this overpopulated but polished suburban comedy from Koertge (Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, 1994, etc.) The deaths of four husbands in succession having turned his mother into a grief junkie, and Tony is cast in the role of caregiver: He keeps her medication straight, jogs her elbow when she zones out, does most of the housework, and persuades her to eat. Read full book review >

TIGER, TIGER, BURNING BRIGHT by Ron Koertge
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

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

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 >