Books by Susan Beth Pfeffer

SUSAN BETH PFEFFER is the author of many books for teens, including the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael. Among her other books are the popular Portraits of Little Women series and the award-winning Kid Power. She lives in Middletown, New York.


THE SHADE OF THE MOON by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Action-packed and completely unpredictable, this latest will be widely anticipated by the series' many fans. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14 & up)"
Four years ago, a meteor crashed into the moon, altering the Earth's gravity; the world is an ever-bleaker place in this fourth of Pfeffer's gripping series. Read full book review >
BLOOD WOUNDS by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 12, 2011

"Intriguing topics and situations can't quite breathe life into these somewhat flat characters. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A psychodrama about tangled families never quite gets off the ground. Read full book review >
THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN by Susan Beth Pfeffer
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"However, fans of the first two will thrill to this latest and the loose ending will leave them hoping for more. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Palpable despair is dappled with tiny flares of hope in this third entry in Pfeffer's enthralling series about the aftereffects of a meteor strike on the Moon that has altered the earth's gravitational pull. Read full book review >
THE DEAD AND THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Incredibly engaging. (Fiction. YA)"
Seventeen-year-old Alex, the son of a Puerto Rican New York City working-class family, attends college-prep Vincent de Paul on scholarship. Read full book review >
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Plausible science fiction with a frighteningly realistic reminder of recent tragedies here and abroad. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old Miranda begins a daily ten-month diary documenting the survival ordeal her rural Pennsylvania family endures when a large meteor's collision with the moon brings on destruction of the modern world and all its technological conveniences. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S DEN by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

"Despite that, Joey's acceptance of the facts of his life is believable and often touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Pfeffer (Justice for Emily, 1997, etc.) takes a stab at the perennial theme of a child's search for an idealized parent. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FOR EMILY by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"All's well that ends well in a pat, unrealistic story that glibly defines all the characters in simplistic, black-and-white terms. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 When this inferior sequel to Pfeffer's Nobody's Daughter (1995) opens, Emily, 11, has been taken in by kindly Aunt Bessie, the town telephone operator, and Bessie's daughter, Miss Alice, the town librarian. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S DAUGHTER by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"For avid fans of the period. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 In the early part of the 20th century, Emily Lathrop Hasbrouck is already orphaned, but when her Great-aunt Mabel dies, suddenly she is also destitute and alone. Read full book review >
TWICE TAKEN by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1994

"A swift read that will draw its target audience, but shallow. (Fiction. 11-16)"
 Robbed of her Saturday evening to babysit her dad's date's obnoxious kids, Brooke, 16, responds to a TV search for ``Amy,'' kidnapped by her father 11 years ago. Read full book review >
MAKE BELIEVE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Still, an accessible story that may give young readers some insight into the afflictions portrayed. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 A readable but simplistic depiction of the effects of divorce. Read full book review >
THE RING OF TRUTH by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

 Sloan Fredericks, 16, has lived with her wealthy grandmother ever since her mother, father, and brother Tyler were killed in a car accident that she miraculously survived. Read full book review >
TWIN SURPRISES by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

 At her mother's suggestion, Betsy plans a surprise eighth- birthday party for her twin sister, Crista. Read full book review >
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD by Susan Beth Pfeffer
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The adoption issues are explored only superficially. (Fiction. 10+)"
 Around a potentially riveting tale of a teenager's encounter with the facts of her adoption, Pfeffer perpetuates some nasty stereotypes of Italian-Americans. Read full book review >
APRIL UPSTAIRS; DARCY DOWNSTAIRS by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: Nov. 30, 1990

In the first of these companion titles, April moves into the top half of a house where her cousin Darcy already lives, and enters exclusive Fairfield Academy. Read full book review >
DEAR DAD, LOVE LAURIE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: March 1, 1989

After Laurie's parents divorce, her mother requires her to write weekly to her father in Missouri; though Laurie chafes under this burden, she writes enough letters in nine months to fill this book. Read full book review >