Books by Sara Pennypacker

EVEN MORE AWESOME by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A winsome tale of a dog in need of friends and just the boys who can solve that problem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Waylon has an extremely pressing problem: he has to find a home for a friendly but undistinguished mutt, Eddy, before the dog is sent to a distant animal shelter. Read full book review >
ONE AWESOME THING by Sara Pennypacker
Released: April 5, 2016

"An upbeat celebration of lively imagination, friendship, family, community, and the exuberance of childhood. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth-grader Waylon Zakowski is struggling to navigate change. Read full book review >
PAX by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Moving and poetic. (Animal fantasy. 9-13)"
A motherless boy is forced to abandon his domesticated fox when his father decides to join soldiers in an approaching war. Read full book review >
MEET THE DULLARDS by Sara Pennypacker
Released: March 24, 2015

"When the siblings sneak out to join the circus, readers may hope that they never return. (Picture book. 4-8)"
All children wonder, at times, if parents make decisions solely to suppress fun; in this story, there is no doubt. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though looser in weave than previous appearances, still this provides the emotional honesty readers have come to expect. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Antic third-grader Clementine faces her biggest challenge yet: looming change. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2012

"A suspenseful, surprising novel of friendship and family from the creator of the popular Clementine series. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Desperate times call for desperate measures indeed when, one summer afternoon on Cape Cod, 11-year-old Stella finds her sole caretaker, her great-aunt Louise, dead in her chair. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Filled with familiar Clementine charm but, more importantly, a whole lot of heart, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Clementine has had many not-so-good days. But this one just might be the worst. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"Although Pamintuan's final illustrations were not seen, the sample sketches match the playful tone of the text. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Flat Stanley is back and better than ever. Read full book review >
SPARROW GIRL by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Moving images, such as a double-page spread of dead sparrows falling like 'teardrops' while a weeping Ming-Li cradles a limp bird, send a powerful message that one small person can make a big difference. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this sober tale based on Mao Zedong's 1958 edict to eradicate China's sparrows to prevent crop damage, a compassionate little girl follows her heart instead of her Leader. Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE’S LETTER by Sara Pennypacker
Released: April 15, 2008

Clementine's only just "getting the hang of third grade"—she hasn't been sent to Principal Rice's office for a whole week—when her world turns upside-down: Her beloved Teacher is a finalist for an Adventures for Teachers award, and if he wins, he'll be gone for the rest of the year. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"Every kid will understand her desperate desire not to look like a fool in front of her classmates, and they will find her very talented solution—achieved with a little help from her principal—enormously satisfying. (Fiction. 7-10)"
What to do when all the third- and fourth-graders are putting on a talent show but you don't have a talent? Read full book review >
PIERRE IN LOVE by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"An endearingly elegant pick for Valentine's Day, featuring well-matched art and text. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodent Pierre—a wistful fisherman—is secretly in love with rabbit Catherine, an artistic ballet teacher whose studio he passes each morning. Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Give this to readers of Cleary and Blume and cross your fingers for more. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Maybe it was because third-grader Clementine was a little bit angry with her best friend Margaret that things got out of hand with the scissors and the permanent markers and the hair. Read full book review >
STUART GOES TO SCHOOL by Sara Pennypacker
Released: July 1, 2003

"Hilarious and clever. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Worrywart Stuart is back and he has something to worry about in this excellent sequel to Stuart's Cape (2002). Read full book review >
STUART’S CAPE by Sara Pennypacker
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Readers who like Captain Underpants have a new choice, one that will make them howl and will not make their parents squirm. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Zany, naïve sketches complement a sure-fire winner. Read full book review >
DUMBSTRUCK by Sara Pennypacker
Released: April 15, 1994

"With suitably zany illustrations. (Fiction. 8+)"
In a crackerjack first novel written with the verve of Margaret Mahy at her most sportive, Ivy Greene finds herself inexplicably abandoned by her normally conscientious parents. Read full book review >