Books by Stephanie Greene

Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Those readers ready to graduate from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones will find a kindred spirit in Sophie. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Spirited Sophie is back for a fourth tale in this highly readable series (HappyBirthday, Sophie Hartley, 2010, etc.), trying to walk the line between growing up and holding onto the fun and innocence of childhood. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"No wand needed—pure magic for emerging readers. (Fiction. 5-8)"
All Posey wants from Santa is a real magic wand. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"New readers, especially girls, will be happy to see that another Posey book is in the works. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Obedient Posey worries about the Consequences Drawer, the place where Ms. Lee sequesters all the toys and other tchotchkes that kids love to bring to school. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

Posey, now a first grader, wants to be a big kid but she is still a little girl. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2011

Posey loves everything about first grade, especially her beloved teacher, Miss Lee. Her best friends, Ava and Nikki, are in her class, and everyone is excited about Miss Lee's birthday. They want to bring her just the right gift. First graders that they are, full of enthusiasm and love but not organization, they do not coordinate their gifts, and Posey is devastated to see that Nikki's full bouquet of flowers completely upstages her little handful of roses. Greene (Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade, 2010) continues to get the social dynamic of first-grade girls perfect—the deep need to be loved by their teacher, the joy and confusion of friendships, the quick emotion and equally speedy forgiveness. New readers will recognize the situations and will smile when Posey bumbles her way back into Nikki's good graces: "I'm sorry. I was being silly…You can use my kitty eraser today." Very short chapters, generous font, lots of eye-saving white space on each page and frequent black-and-white illustrations make this longish early chapter book accessible to the very earliest reader. Posey is flawed in a way that is absolutely perfect. She struggles with her emotions and finds her way back with the help of her mother, teacher and small circle of buddies. Here's hoping for more tales of Posey. (Fiction. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

Greene entertains with another story about the irrepressible Sophie (Queen Sophie Hartley, 2005, and Sophie Hartley, On Strike, 2006). Her birthday is quickly approaching, and she is "passionate" about getting a gorilla. But life has a way of distracting her from her plans: Big sis Nora eagerly moves out of their room, good friend Alice confesses to getting a bra, other friend Jenna is absorbed with new, lacrosse-team responsibilities, dad is squirreled away in the garage making who-knows-what and odd kid Brendan keeps sneaking up on her. Worried that her "double-digit" birthday may result in changing her creative if often far-fetched and so-called immature ideas, she finds solace in making humorous portraits and filling her room with clashing bright colors. The author keeps the dilemmas light and funny with pacing that reaches a touching crescendo on Sophie's big day. No matter what, faithful good friends and a sweetly accepting family result in a warm, fuzzy ending. Girls undergoing the same growing-up trials will be happy to have Sophie make them laugh. (Fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

Posey is nervous about first grade. She'll have to walk all the way down to the hall to Miss Lee's class. Alone. It's a long way from the Kiss-and-Go-Lane to the first-grade classroom, and the corridor seems especially long when the neighbor boys add to her anxiety by telling her tales about the snakes and blood-sucking monsters that lurk there. On top of everything else, Posey's mom will not let her wear her favorite tutu costume to school. She loves being Princess Posey, the Pink Princess, but she has to wear school clothes to school, doesn't she? Posey's family supports the little girl and helps her make her transition to the big world of first grade. Emergent readers can be anxious as they make the transition from easy readers to early chapter books and, like Posey, can be overwhelmed by new challenges. Short sentences, a generous font, ample white space and Sisson's charming, expressive black-and-white illustrations make this sweet story just right for them. First graders will be looking for more stories about Posey. (Fiction. 5-8) Read full book review >
THE LUCKY ONES by Stephanie Greene
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

The prevailing sensibility in this relic of a novel hearkens back to a simpler time, perhaps mid-20th century, when young girls knew the difference between a magnum of champagne and a regular old bottle, Mom wore pearls, everyone on the island went to the club and Grandfather's kindly African-American cook was named Sheba. Cecile, age 12, is critical of older sister Natalie, who at 14 and with Mom's encouragement is having her first experience in the back seat of a car. Cecile thinks it is all too absurd, until the end when she rises to her sister's defense, agreeing that it is terribly unfair for girls but not boys to be judged "fast." In the end, Cecile agrees to take tennis lessons but, ever the rebel, draws the line at golf. Cecile's proto-feminist coming-of-age takes place against a backdrop almost entirely alien to most 21st-century readers and with nary a hint of irony to balance sentences such as, "Maybe that was what made an expensive dress worth paying for: knowing you looked great in it made you feel relaxed." (Historical fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 18, 2006

Household pandemonium erupts when Sophie Hartley's Mom decides her uncooperative children need a major dose of chores, including a complex rotating job chart. Sophie and Nora, her older cleanliness-conscious sister, are willing to work as long as everyone does, but they're mad because the boys are getting away with minimal work. It's time to strike; when the house is sticky and stinky, will Mom and Dad finally see that the boys aren't contributing? Funny family hijinks explode into pure hilarity with lively dialogue and a simple plot that reveal the children's growing maturity levels orchestrated by busy, loving parents who are willing to sacrifice a clean house for children with strong character. (Fiction. 7-9)Read full book review >
PIG PICKIN’ by Stephanie Greene
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

A porcine ingénue narrowly escapes being the main entrée at a country fair, thanks to some fancy footwork and cunning deductions of her companion, Moose. When Hildy, a vainglorious pig, receives a gracious invite to a Pig Pickin' competiton, she naturally assumes she's competing for the title of a beauty queen. However, Moose comes to the realization en route that Hildy may be headed to a destination of a different sort. Greene's farcical tale relies heavily on gags and Hildy's utter naïveté in the face of the ominous evidence. With a slick farmer villain to boo, a wily Moose to champion and a damsel in distress—albeit a bit of a buffoon—Greene's country caper will have readers eagerly turning the pages to the climatic conclusion. Mathieu's pencil-and-gray wash illustrations feature largely throughout the tale, making this a nice bridge for readers who are ready to make the leap from beginning chapter books to more challenging reading. (Fiction. 6-9)Read full book review >
MOOSE CROSSING by Stephanie Greene
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

When the "Moose Crossing" sign is posted, Moose learns that fame is not only fleeting, but it's downright annoying. At first, he is so taken by the sign that he's unable to leave the area, so excited is he by his self-importance. Even his best friend Hildy the Pig has trouble putting up with Moose's arrogant proclamations: "Fine. You shouldn't go swimming anyway. With a head as fat as yours, you'd probably sink." Moose greets his human guests warmly, offering autographs and photographs, but is soon shocked by the sheer number of visitors. Soon, he's a prisoner of his own fame, and he and Hildy have to make up and do some quick thinking. Though the accompanying pencil sketches are humorous, the story loses steam halfway through, making this middling fare for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)Read full book review >
QUEEN SOPHIE HARTLEY by Stephanie Greene
Released: April 18, 2005

Sophie's little heart is breaking, but in a funny way. She feels fat, clumsy and useless, so she's developing two lists, her strengths (crying and stopping crying) and her weaknesses (horseback riding, ballet, sitting still), and her family is helping. Her older, prima donna sister, who is graceful, elegant and fabulous, says Sophie is good at whining and crying, and her Mom says she is good at being kind. Is a talent something that's easy to do? No, Sophie discovers as she learns that it's hard work to be nice to her angry, elderly wheelchair-bound neighbor and to her friendless, snotty know-it-all classmate. This humorous voyage to self-discovery insightfully pinpoints the importance of self-knowledge, hard work and focus. Greene's simple plot, droll dialogue and strong characters intimately bring the reader into Sophie's world—one that feels wonderfully like Ramona Quimby's. The reader will understand on multiple levels why it's important to Sophie to learn how to curtsy and wear a tiara, and they'll smile slyly as Sophie applies her learned wisdom inwardly and outwardly, never a prima donna, but ultimately in charge of heart and soul—definitely the queen. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >
FALLING INTO PLACE by Stephanie Greene
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

Margaret's life is happy enough until all at once things seem to fall, like dominoes slowly knocking one another down. First her father remarries, gaining Margaret a new stepmother and three new sisters. Then Margaret's grandfather, Tad, gets sick and her grandparents have to sell their house and move into a retirement community. Margaret's new stepmother announces that they are going to have a new baby adding to the chaos in the house. And then Tad dies. Desperate to escape the new life that seems to be swallowing everything in its path, Margaret convinces her father that she should go and visit Gran. Unfortunately, when she arrives she finds that not only does she have to share her grandmother's attention with her young cousin Roy, but that her grandmother has changed from a vibrant and warm woman into a drawn, frightened, and bitter shell. The distraction from her own problems proves to be just what she needs as together Margaret and Roy attempt to bring their grandmother back to the woman she they knew. At once warm and thoughtful, this tale investigates the complexities of loss, blended families, and friendship. Poignant and true. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, SUPER SPY by Stephanie Greene
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Spying on their families quickly gets boring and they decide to try more difficult and more dangerous missions. The ultimate task of spying on Principal Mahoney, an ex-marine, seems like the most dangerous mission yet and they find out getting caught can be one of the worst things to happen to a spy. This latest volume in the Owen Foote series will entertain young readers with its humor and creativity. Simple line illustrations of the camouflage disguise, the eye-blinking code, and an exciting chase scene add to the hilarity of Owen's adventures. A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, MONEY MAN by Stephanie Greene
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

In his quest for easy moolah, Owen learns that the road to financial solvency can be rocky and fraught with work. Greene (Owen Foote, Soccer Star, 1998, etc.) touches upon the often-thorny issue of chores and allowances: Owen's mom wants him to help out because he's part of the family and not just for the money—while Owen wants the money without having to do tedious household chores. This universal dilemma leaves Owen without funds and eagerly searching for ways to make a quick buck. His madcap schemes range from original—a "free" toilet demonstration that costs 50 cents—to disastrous, as during the trial run of his children's fishing video, Owen ends up hooking his ear instead of a trout. Enlisting the aid of his stalwart, if long-suffering, friend Joseph, the two form a dog-walking club that becomes vastly restricted in clientele after Owen has a close encounter with an incontinent, octogenarian canine. Ultimately, Owen learns a valuable lesson about work and money when an unselfish action is generously rewarded. These sudden riches motivate Owen to consider wiser investments for his money than plastic vomit. Greene's crisp writing style and wry humor is on-target for young readers. Brief chapters revolving around a significant event or action and fast pacing are an effective draw for tentative readers. Weston's (Space Guys!, p. 392, etc.) black-and-white illustrations, ranging in size from quarter- to full-page, deftly portray Owen's humorous escapades. A wise, witty addition to Greene's successful series. (Fiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
SHOW AND TELL by Stephanie Greene
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

Woody Baldwin is a perpetual victim of circumstance—at least, that's what it seems when the new student teacher comes to class and "changes everything." Suddenly, former "Good Citizen" Woody is in all kinds of trouble, and he makes an enemy of Miss Plunkett. Since he already has an enemy, shouldn't he have a best friend—Billy, the class troublemaker? Ethan, the sad, quiet neighbor who spends his afternoons at Woody's house, waiting for his mother to come home from work? Woody's search for friendship and his accidental adversarial relationship with Miss Plunkett are the focus of this short, amusing chapter book from Greene (Owen Foote, Soccer Star, p. 266, etc.). Life in the second grade is made even more comical by Woody's hilarious observations (his regular teacher has a look similar to an airport's searchlight) and his quirky habits (e.g., bringing his dead pet fish to show and tell). Readers will empathize with this well-intentioned hero's mishaps and be touched by his eventual understanding of Miss Plunkett and Ethan. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 6-8) Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, SOCCER STAR by Stephanie Greene
Released: March 23, 1998

A second grader sees adults making mistakes, and helps one grown-up get it right in this predictable empowerment story, a sequel to Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman (1996). After persuading overweight friend Joseph to join him for soccer tryouts, Owen has second thoughts: Not only are both of them bad-mouthed by a bully, but the coach, Dave, divides the "Aliens" into two teams according to ability. The members of the B team, including Joseph, rightly wonder if they'll ever get into a real game. Owen considers quitting; instead, he calls Dave to explain how demoralizing the split is, and also picks up a bully-handling tip from a friendly seventh grader. Though she creates natural-sounding dialogue, and uses language and humor appropriate to her target audience, Greene focuses on Owen's systematic problem-solving at the expense of plot, character development, even soccer action. By the end, Dave has apologetically reunited the Aliens, the bully is properly chastened, and Joseph turns out to be a natural goalie. With realistic black-and-white drawings to capture some of the action, this is a lightweight, neatly wrapped package of uplift. (Fiction. 7-9) Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 1996

Owen is scrawny and small, his best friend, Joseph, is fat, and both are worried about the upcoming height-and-weight chart day at school because the elderly school nurse, Mrs. Jackson, is prone to bellowing disparaging remarks about their bodies in front of everyone. When she starts humiliating Joseph, Owen speaks up to defend him, an act that brings both trouble and admiration. In her first book, Greene imparts some important messages, although it's unfortunate that the main characters are depicted lifting weights, a dangerous and unhealthy activity for children so young. But learning to speak up for oneself, even against adults, is a lesson rarely taught well, and one that is carried off perfectly here. Owen's parents aren't supportive, but Mrs. Jackson—eventually—is; wonderfully, she not only apologizes but asks Owen's opinion because she knows she can count on his honesty. A promising debut for a neglected age group. (Fiction. 6-8) Read full book review >