Books by Sonya Hartnett

THE CHILDREN OF THE KING by Sonya Hartnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2014

"Mystery and history dance a mesmerizing waltz in this poignant, thoroughly entertaining novel that shows how "[t]he past lives everywhere." (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
No matter how far north of London the Lockwoods travel, they can't escape the ravages of World War II. Read full book review >
SADIE AND RATZ by Sonya Hartnett
Released: March 27, 2012

"A real slice of family life, the sweet with the bitter. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Sadie and Ratz, Hannah's menacing hands, help her to handle her sibling rivalry in this piercingly intelligent foray into chapter books by much-awarded teen author Hartnett. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT ZOO by Sonya Hartnett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An evocative story about unusual war victims whose enduring belief in goodness brings true freedom. (Fable. 10 & up)  "
In a bombed town, two gypsy boys discover a zoo where abandoned animals teach them the meaning of freedom amid war's chaos. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY by Sonya Hartnett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

Lush with a melancholy beauty, this intensely introspective novel focuses on the experiences of 14-year-old Plum as she leaves behind the quiet ease of childhood and steps into the cacophony of her teen years in 1980s Australia. Read full book review >

THE GHOST’S CHILD by Sonya Hartnett
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

Told in gorgeous prose that reads more like poetry, the elderly Matilda relates the story of her life to a young boy she finds in her parlor one day. Read full book review >

THE SILVER DONKEY by Sonya Hartnett
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Marcelle and Coco, "two skinny, flash-eyed little girls, wild as kittens born under stables," aged ten and eight respectively, discover a blind British soldier, an army deserter, in the woods near their French village. Read full book review >

SURRENDER by Sonya Hartnett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

A literary psychological thriller, hauntingly told, of a lonely, ostracized boy who "since childhood had been building a wall meant to protect [him] from the worst of the harm." Read full book review >

STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLF by Sonya Hartnett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Satchel O'Rye, 23 and going nowhere fast, lives with his parents in a dying Australian town. Read full book review >

WHAT THE BIRDS SEE by Sonya Hartnett
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

A bleakly haunting novel focuses its lens on a child struggling to survive in a family of emotional cripples. Read full book review >

THURSDAY’S CHILD by Sonya Hartnett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

Hartnett (Princes, 1998, etc.) tells a fantastic tale of an ordinary life during the Great Depression. Read full book review >

SLEEPING DOGS by Sonya Hartnett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

An ambitious novel by the author of Wilful Blue (1994) about a family that runs a farm-cum-trailer park in Australia, although the tale would be just as at home in the rural US. Read full book review >