Books by Tim Jessell

TOGO by Kate Klimo
by Kate Klimo, illustrated by Tim Jessell
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"An informative historical narrative with heart. (appendix.) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Affable sled dog Togo leads readers through his puppyhood, his racing career and "The Balto Business." Read full book review >
GINGER by Kate Klimo
by Kate Klimo, illustrated by Tim Jessell
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Assisted by Ginger's attractively gentle voice, pet lovers may be willing to overlook the sometimes heavy-handed narrative. (history of golden retriever breed, information on puppy mills, rescue groups, animal shelters, and how to choose a dog.) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ginger, a golden retriever, is the product of a brutal puppy mill, inauspicious beginnings that don't improve much. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An approachable lead-in that serves to fill in the background both for confirmed fans and readers new to the series. (finished illustrations, afterword and resource list not seen) (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
This prelude slips neatly into the classic series with a rural idyll that comes to a sudden, tragic end. Read full book review >
HOME COURT by Amar'e Stoudemire
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Though heavy on message, this will help address the dearth of chapter books featuring children of color positively engaged in the normal adventures of life. (Fiction. 8-12)"
NBA star Stoudemire draws on his own childhood and nickname, STAT (Standing Tall and Talented), to pen the first in a series of chapter books that celebrate sports, smarts and friendship. Read full book review >
RACING THE MOON by Alan Armstrong
Released: June 26, 2012

"High-flying adventure grounded in reality. (suggestions for further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Obsessed with rocket-building and outer space, two siblings living in Silver Springs, Md., in 1947 find the perfect ally right next door. Read full book review >
FALCON by Tim Jessell
by Tim Jessell, illustrated by Tim Jessell
Released: March 27, 2012

"The initial rural setting and avian protagonist may be unfamiliar to some readers, but the author/artist's admiration for the beauty of the natural world and the fascination of imagining another life shine through clearly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Gorgeous artwork and an unusual subject will likely boost the appeal of this (literal and figurative) flight of fancy. Read full book review >
A NIGHT IN SANTA'S GREAT BIG BAG by Kristin Kladstrup
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The illustrator uses glowing strings of Christmas lights and a variety of dramatic perspectives to create a magical atmosphere, but he cannot add enough luster to make this one a keeper. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A stuffed lamb is the favorite toy of a little boy named Louis, who falls asleep quickly on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR MARCO POLO by Alan Armstrong
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Young readers will likely skip the 25-plus pages of source notes at the end, but they will come away with vivid pictures of Marco Polo's character and world, plus the satisfaction of experiencing a well-told story. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The author of Whittington (2005) profiles another medieval celebrity using a similar scenario—fleshing out historical incidents with imagined but thoroughly researched details and conversations and framing the entire narrative as a tale told to a rapt modern audience. Read full book review >
BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE by David A.  Kelly
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Too bad. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Two nonfiction baseball stories enclosed in one cover should be a winner for newly established readers who are baseball fanatics—unfortunately, it's not. Read full book review >
RALEIGH’S PAGE by Alan Armstrong
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"It's an absorbing historical adventure from an emerging master. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Young Andrew's mind's been set afire by his teacher's enthusiasm for the opportunities offered by America, so when his father finds him a position as page to Sir Walter Raleigh, he dares to hope for overseas excitement. Read full book review >
TWO HOT DOGS WITH EVERYTHING by Paul Haven
FICTION
Released: April 25, 2006

"Huge, magical and delightful. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Danny Gurkin is devoted to the game of baseball and most especially to the hapless Sluggers. Read full book review >