Books by Sally Warner

ABSOLUTELY ALFIE AND THE PRINCESS WARS by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Charming and sweet. (Fiction. 7-11)"
It is almost Halloween in Oak Glen, California, and 7-year-old Alfleta "Alfie" Jakes and her 11-year-old brother, EllRay, are deciding what costumes to wear. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTELY ALFIE AND THE FURRY, PURRY SECRET by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Alfie's obsession with kittens and her innocent plotting will endear her to young readers. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Eight-year-old African-American Alfleta "Alfie" Jakes is completely bored. Read full book review >
ELLRAY JAKES WALKS THE PLANK by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"The EllRay Jakes stories are just right for his real-life peers; short enough to be read by kids getting comfortable with chapter booksand also enjoyable and authentic. (Fiction. 6-8)"
The third installment in this series about third-grader with a penchant for "messing up" (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011, etc.) revisits an unfortunately evergreen theme from the first book: bullying. Read full book review >
ELLRAY JAKES IS A ROCK STAR! by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A welcome addition to the tales from Oak Glen Primary School. (Fiction. 7-11)"
This second series entry (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, 2011) features an unofficial popularity contest and EllRay's struggles to extricate himself from the fix he gets into after he tries to take a shortcut to earn the respect of his classmates. Read full book review >
ELLRAY JAKES IS NOT A CHICKEN! by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"EllRay's struggles and eventual success coping with bullying, a hot-button topic, ring true, and kids who enjoyed previous Emma stories will appreciate this take from the boys' side. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The creator of the series about third-grader Emma McGraw (Only Emma, 2005, etc.) focuses on a new character here: EllRay Jakes, one of Emma's classmates. Read full book review >
IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2008

"Illustrations from Skye's all-important sketchbook add visual humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Skye's brother suffers brain damage in a horrendous car accident, her parents become preoccupied with their own misery and the need to help him recover. Read full book review >
SUPER EMMA by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Emma is a character complicated enough to question herself, make mistakes and triumph in the end. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Emma McGraw's back! Read full book review >
TWILIGHT CHILD by Sally Warner
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2006

"Factor in predictable, corny plot details, some stock characters and information about laundry practices that few young readers will find compelling. (glossary with pronunciation guide for Finnish and Scottish words and names) (Fiction. 12-15)"
In 1793, 15-year-old Finnish-born Eleni is taken in by a kindly matriarch on the Scottish island of Mull after her father's ship is lost off the coast. Read full book review >
NOT-SO-WEIRD EMMA by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Young readers will recognize Emma and her classmates and will look forward to hearing how they do in the third month of school. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Emma has now reached her next milestone: She is in her second month of third grade at her new school. Read full book review >
ONLY EMMA by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Lots of fun. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Third-grader Emma McGraw is an only child and she likes it that way. Read full book review >
A LONG TIME AGO TODAY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Warner writes a poignant story of friendship and mother-daughter love that will not leave a dry eye among its intended readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An angry Dilly Howell, 12, blames her mother for dying six years ago and resents the control her mother still maintains over her and her father's lives. Read full book review >
THIS ISN’T ABOUT THE MONEY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Emotional and realistic, Warner's (Sister Split, not reviewed, etc.) sensibility and voice of young teens in distress is always genuine, touching a painful subject with a compassionate hand. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's a miracle that Janey, 12, and her sister YoYo, 5, survive when the drunken woman driver hits their car in the desert and kills both of their parents. Read full book review >
BAD GIRL BLUES by Sally Warner
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Girls should root for Quinney, a basically good-hearted every-girl type, and identify with the garden-variety situations she has to cope with as she struggles to meet the challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"Things change" is the moral of Warner's (How to Be a Real Person in Just One Day, 2000, etc.) deft, surprisingly gripping novel about an ordinary, small-town girl. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A REAL PERSON (IN JUST ONE DAY) by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very likely this novel will strike a responsive chord among readers who believe they have to handle family problems by themselves. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Warner (Totally Confidential, p. 805, etc.) here serves up a touching novel about a gritty and determined young girl who tries to cope with her mother's mental illness all alone. Read full book review >
TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"The tone is not grim but bolstering and could influence readers to follow the example of using intellect, creativity, and discussion when faced with vexing situations. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In Warner's (Accidental Lily, 1999, etc.) lighthearted read, a 12-year-old girl finds a clever way to earn some extra money while helping her and her friends deal with worrisome pre-teen issues. Read full book review >
ACCIDENTAL LILY by Sally Warner
Released: May 1, 1999

"Brief and satisfying for the audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
PLB 0-679-99138-7 Since moving to Philadelphia, six-year-old Lily Hill (Private Lily, 1998, etc.) has had almost nightly problems with bad dreams and bed-wetting. Read full book review >
PRIVATE LILLY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1998

"In true six-year-old form, Lily's attention is on the problem of privacy, and while a one-chapter predicament has been spun into a novel, the childlike first-person narration is written with considerable humor and grace. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Lily, who is six, her brother Casey, twelve, and their mother have moved from a house in New Jersey to a small apartment in Philadelphia. Read full book review >
SORT OF FOREVER by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is more bibliotherapeutic than story; much richer and more harrowing—although with older protagonists and for older readers—is Davida Wills Hurwin's A Time for Dancing (1995). (Fiction. 9-12)"
From Warner (Ellie and the Bunheads, 1997, etc.), a story about best friends separated by illness, then death, when one of them is diagnosed with leukemia. Read full book review >
ELLIE AND THE BUNHEADS by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Ellie's experiences and observations ring true, and the ways she solves her problems make for an admirable character. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Ellie, turning 13, is under pressure—a ballet audition, a milestone in her potential career, approaches. Read full book review >
SOME FRIEND by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"An enjoyable and involving book, it is somehow incomplete. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this sequel to Dog Years (1995, not reviewed), Case Hill has a new set of problems to deal with, the most serious of which concerns his best friend, Ned. Read full book review >
DOG YEARS by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 1995

"The author models responsible and irresponsible behavior, in adults and children both, but overloads the story with lessons and stressful situations. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A sixth grader finds the road to popularity a rocky one in this undisguised problem novel. Read full book review >