Books by Sarah Ellis

BEN AND THE SCAREDY-DOG by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Another successful outing in a winning series, with lots of room for more adventures for Ben and his new friends Erv and Max. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young boy named Ben makes a new friend and conquers his fear of dogs in this latest offering in a series about learning to deal with new experiences. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR SOPHIE by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2017

"Warmth and quiet humor capture the realities of a new baby in the house. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Waiting for a little sister to be born and then waiting for her to grow up can be trying, but it eventually has its rewards. Read full book review >
BEN SAYS GOODBYE by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Any young child who has experienced the loss of a close friend will find this story resonant. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Ben's best friend, Peter, is moving away, and Ben is heartbroken. Read full book review >
A+ FOR BIG BEN by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"A+ for Big Ben earns only a C-. (Board book. 2-3)"
Ellis and LaFave's charming Big Ben (2001) is adapted into a board-book format. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE IN by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"What if you could just invent your family, your home, your life?" Read full book review >
THE QUEEN’S FEET by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Required reading for all unruly little kickers, stompers, squirmers and scuffers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Embarrassed by misbehaving feet that prefer boots or slippers to sedate, queenly shoes, insist on wandering off during boring official events and act up outrageously on the dance floor, Queen Daisy calls in all "sages, wise women, wizards, fairy godmothers and, of course, footmen" for advice. Read full book review >
THE SEVERAL LIVES OF ORPHAN JACK by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"In a word—wonderful. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A surprising adventure is possible for Jack if he stays true to his heart and to his love of knowledge. Read full book review >
BIG BEN by Sarah Ellis
by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim LaFave
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"The sweet after the sour: Perhaps Ben will have that leftover Chinese food as a midnight snack. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It's not easy to be darling and genuine, but this story from Ellis manages both without a hitch. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All the stories feature Ellis's taut and restrained prose, and most are as intriguing and finished as her longer works. (Short stories. 12-14)"
Ellis (Out of the Blue, 1995, etc.) offers middle-schoolers more than a chill or two in her collection of short stories, featuring a variety of teenage narrators. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE BLUE by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Ellis (Pick-Up Sticks, 1992, etc.) creates well- developed characters, not only believable but wholly likable; her deft use of wit is delightful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A warm, loving family helps Megan come to terms with major changes in her life, in a sensitive, empathetic domestic tale. Read full book review >
PICK-UP STICKS by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"A memorable portrait of a mother and daughter maturing and growing closer as the result of a challenging experience. (Fiction. 11-15)"
At the end of this well-crafted novella, when 13-year-old Polly and her mother finally share a companionable meal and level with each other, Polly compares the game in Ellis's title with her new insight into their relationship: ``You pull out one stick and the balance shifts and the whole pattern changes.'' Mum has just confided that, even before Polly was conceived, she understood that she didn't want to be married but she did want to bear and raise a child; and though the story has turned on their temporary estrangement, it's clear that the two constitute a richly individual family strengthened by their mutual regard. Read full book review >