Books by Stephen Messer

Released: June 28, 2011

"With illustrations by the appropriately dour Grimley, this is a mix of two talents who together yield a less-than-superior product. Some art not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A ghost story that attempts to combine the macabre with the heroic fails to find its footing. Read full book review >
WINDBLOWNE by Stephen Messer
Released: May 25, 2010

An inventive debut fantasy, set in multiple worlds linked by trees and winds. Unlike so many others in aptly named Windblowne, particularly his brilliant, irascible great-uncle Gilbert, frustrated Oliver can't make or fly a kite to save his life. His talents lie in other areas, as he discovers when Gilbert is seized and carried off by mysterious fighter kites. With a lift from one of his great-uncle's magically animate fliers, Oliver courageously sets out to the rescue—and finds himself carried through a wild gale to another Windblowne, where the trees are identical to the oaks he knows so well but another Gilbert is ruthlessly killing them off to power cyborg kites and other technological inventions. As Oliver's search takes him to further Windblownes, each a little different yet essentially the same, he sees that all the trees on all the worlds are dying. Messer constructs a tale that moves along at a powerful, steady pace to a climactic faceoff, and Oliver's realization that the gateway to worlds is open for those who can truly listen to the wind's voices sparks a memorable sea change in his self-image. (Fantasy. 10-12) Read full book review >