Books by Steve Augarde

X-ISLE by Steve Augarde
Released: July 13, 2010

"A powerful, disturbing story laced with quirky, memorable characters and fast-paced masculine action and interaction—perfect for male teens. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In a devastated future world, two boys struggle to survive a brutal, bizarre existence on X-Isle. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Steve Augarde
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"There's nothing here that can't easily be found elsewhere, but both readers who take their history straight and those who prefer facts dished up in a fictional matrix will be equally drawn to appreciate the great artist's unique multiplicity of talents. (Informational fiction. 11-13)"
Taking an omnium-gatherum approach, Augarde opens with supposed journal entries from an awestruck fictional ten-year-old apprentice of Leonardo's in the 1490s, then pulls back the point of view to cover in third person the artist's life before and after, followed by background spreads on European politics, the Renaissance, how artists of the time trained and additional looks at some of Leonardo's art and inventions. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 2009

"A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this finale to the Touchstone Trilogy, past and present magically converge when 12-year-old Midge completes the work begun by her great-great aunt Celandine decades before to rescue five ancient tribes of little people hiding from the human world in the woods of Mill Farm. Read full book review >
CELANDINE by Steve Augarde
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Stay tuned. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in 1915, 70 years before The Various (2004), this second of a trilogy continues the story of an ancient tribe of little people hidden from the human world. Read full book review >
THE VARIOUS by Steve Augarde
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"After a slow-moving start, through an impenetrably dense thicket of pseudo-Victorian language, Augarde's story finally picks up to a suspenseful if incomplete conclusion. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A Nesbit-style fairy adventure made dark awaits Midge, the only child of her single mother, a musician. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Small unattached pieces—radio, ladder, kitten—may become lost, and it's easy to envision children wearing out the cherry-picker as part of the kitten rescue, so buy a couple of copies to make sure this engine makes it to the fire with all its parts intact. (Pop-up. 3-6)"
This pop-up book on how a fire engine works is soundly conceived, although it may become a "pop-apart" book with heavy use. Read full book review >