Books by Theresa Nelson

THE YEAR WE SAILED THE SUN by Theresa Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fans of historical fiction will find treasure here in a complex perspective that delivers both a satisfying arc and a desire to know more. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Spitfire Julia Delaney is orphaned when her father dies in the gang-ridden Kerry Patch, an Irish neighborhood in 1911 St. Louis. Read full book review >
RUBY ELECTRIC by Theresa Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Thumbs up. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A budding screenwriter, full of dreams and longing, finds a place for herself on the edge of the drainage ditch that was once the Los Angeles River. Read full book review >
THE EMPRESS OF ELSEWHERE by Theresa Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Nevertheless, Nelson (Earthshine, 1994, etc.) ensures that the action never falters, and the rush toward resolution will grip readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jim's dog has just died, and his best friend, Danny, has moved out of town, but the day the book opens takes an unusual turn when a flurry of girls run by, chasing a monkey. Read full book review >
EARTHSHINE by Theresa Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Good, but for a more imaginative approach to a parents' death from AIDS, see Porte's Something Terrible Happened (p. 1414). (Fiction. 11-14)"
Slim has recently chosen to live in L.A. with her dad and his ``friend'' Larry instead of with Mom and her third husband, whose job compels frequent moves. Read full book review >
THE BEGGARS' RIDE by Theresa Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Compelling. (Fiction. 11-16)"
Fleeing Mama's latest (Sid), Clare rifles her purse for enough money to get to Atlantic City, where she hopes to find Joey, the only one of Mama's boyfriends to treat her kindly. Read full book review >

By the author of Devil Storm (1987), the poignantly real case of a boy who died in Vietnam. Read full book review >