Books by Stacy Innerst

THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS A NATION by Peggy Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life; the choices made and the method of telling are both exemplary. (timeline, further information, notes) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using Thomas Jefferson's own admissions of passion for both his new country and agriculture, details are given about a few of his activities, inventions, and accomplishments, beginning after the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
THE ELEVATOR GHOST by Glen Huser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"This creepy gathering of stories creates buzz and possibility but in the end falls short. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rumors abound that the Blatchford Arms is haunted—just the kind of place where a quirky babysitter like Carolina Giddle can brew her ghost tales for a cauldron of young apartment dwellers. Read full book review >
THE BEATLES WERE FAB by Kathleen Krull
Released: May 14, 2013

"Parents and (more likely) grandparents who want to introduce children to their favorite band would do better to play a song or two on whatever device is handy—though as Brewer and Krull note, the transformative impact of the Beatles was such that kids may not even recognize the originality of their music. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Many adult readers will agree wholeheartedly with the title of this heartfelt paean to the Fab Four, but unfortunately, Krull and Brewer don't quite manage to offer enough evidence to effectively convey to children the Beatles' unique appeal and immense contributions to pop culture. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"A 'pure-dee' delight for storytime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tall-tale version of the invention of blue jeans by a New York peddler who came late to the California gold rush but saw a need and filled it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2010

Not many biographies of the 16th U.S. president begin "Poor Abraham Lincoln." Read full book review >
THE WORM FAMILY by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Steer young readers to such equally joyous, and better conceived, celebrations of diversity as Sheila Hamanaka's All the Colors of the Earth (1994) or Sam Swope's Araboolies of Liberty Street (1989). (Picture book. 7-9)"
A well-intentioned episode derailed by illustrations that are, to say the least, problematic. Read full book review >
M IS FOR MUSIC by Kathleen Krull
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Best for those ready to explore an interest in music, this will also appeal to those just learning the alphabet. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sophisticated paintings in olive, tan, gray, rust, aqua, and black raise the age level of the appeal of this abecedarian collection of musical terms. Read full book review >