Books by Theodore Taylor

ICE DRIFT by Theodore Taylor
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The lack of tension and the uneasy mixture of story and information hamper what has obvious potential, but the plot will attract readers, and the tear-jerking conclusion will satisfy those who go with the floe. (Inuit glossary, author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a 50-foot-high iceberg crashes into their ice floe, 14-year-old Alika and his younger brother Sulu are separated from land and home. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE KILL by Theodore Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Taylor's cause is a worthy one, but the perfunctory story onto which he loads it is a nonstarter. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Light on plot, heavy on agenda, this sequel to The Sniper (1989) belabors readers with the author's outrage over the illicit use of rare or exotic animals in "canned" hunts and Asian medicine. Read full book review >
HELLO, ARCTIC! by Theodore Taylor
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This one seems all middle—and a muddled middle, too. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Taylor (The Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor, p. 581, etc.), well known for his middle-grade and YA novels, fails to tell a story with his first picture book. Read full book review >
A SAILOR RETURNS by Theodore Taylor
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fine reading for middle graders. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor (The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown, 1998, etc.) returns with a touching novel about the endurance and power of family ties. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"It doesn't fly. (Fiction. 8-10)"
It's 1935 and Jon Jeffers is terribly lonely. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"While Brown's story is an important one, Taylor imbues it with the charm and cadences of a volume for young adults—hardly a fitting tribute to Brown, who was a subject of one of President Reagan's inspirational stories of the American dream. (photos, not seen)"
A mediocre, clichÇ-riddled tale of America's first black naval aviator, by the author of To Kill the Leopard (1993) and numerous other works. Read full book review >
ROGUE WAVE by Theodore Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, these will captivate even reluctant readers. (Short stories. 12+)"
``And Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories'' is the subtitle that hints at the tone and telling in this collection of eight short works, some previously published in magazines by Taylor (The Bomb, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BOMB by Theodore Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Interspersed with brief paragraphs about the development of the bomb and concluding with a factual epilogue, this delivers readers into the middle of a harrowing, if neglected, piece of history. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sorry Rinamu, 14, is happy to see the end of the Japanese occupation of his people's island of Bikini. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY OF THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A journey well worth taking. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Cay (the award-winning 1969 novel about racial prejudice in the 1940s) is the unseen vessel in the middle of a ``prequel/sequel'' in which Taylor explores both the black man Timothy's life as it leads up to the wreck of the Hato in the Caribbean during WW II and 12-year-old Phillip Enright's journey back to civilization after his rescue from the island. Read full book review >
TO KILL THE LEOPARD by Theodore Taylor
Released: June 1, 1993

"You really are there."
Realistic submarine suspense, set in WW II, by Taylor (Monocolo, 1989; The Stalker, 1987), who's also written a number of YA novels (The Weirdo, The Cay, etc.). Read full book review >
MARIA by Theodore Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >