Books by Sally Derby

KYLE’S ISLAND by Sally Derby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

When his family returns to their Michigan lakeside cottage for the summer of 1974, "almost" 13-year-old Kyle's usual excitement quells as he confronts the realities of change. Read full book review >

NO MUSH TODAY by Sally Derby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

After her baby brother's arrival, young Nonie must cope with the reality that she is no longer her parents' only priority. Read full book review >

WHOOSH WENT THE WIND! by Sally Derby
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

A boy is late to school, but he has an explanation: It was the wind! Read full book review >

THE WACKY SUBSTITUTE by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

Unfortunately, Mr. Wuerst starts his day by dropping his glasses in the frying pan. Read full book review >

TWO FOOLS AND A HORSE by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

Derby's clever and foolish literary tale is destined to become a classic. Read full book review >

TAIKO ON A WINDY NIGHT by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

Taiko, a jet-black cat with four white feet and a white vest, is a free spirit who ventures off on a midnight prowl one windy night. Read full book review >

MY STEPS by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A simple set of five front steps in the city is a child's whole universe, easily becoming playground, hideout, circus arena, school, and home. As the four seasons pass, the unnamed narrator sweeps away ``all the dirt and bugs and the glass, if some got broken during the night,'' creating a clean slate, a canvas, a stage. Read full book review >

KING KENRICK'S SPLINTER by Sally Derby
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

King Kenrick jumps out of bed on Hero's Day morning, only to get a splinter in his toe. Read full book review >

JACOB AND THE STRANGER by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1994

An intriguing, beautifully honed allegory concerning Jacob, known by his actions as kind, honest, even smart—yet lazy: ``I don't like to work,'' says he. ``I like to do as I please, to...lie in the grass watching the clouds.'' Still, he finds enough odd jobs to support himself, and one day a mysterious stranger offers him the easiest of tasks: to care for his potted plant for a florin a day, but ``You must return to me all that is mine. Read full book review >

THE MOUSE WHO OWNED THE SUN by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

The mouse is lucky indeed: it's pure coincidence that, at each critical juncture, the sun does exactly what he tells it. Read full book review >