Books by Victoria McKernan

SON OF FORTUNE by Victoria McKernan
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Aiden's dilemmas are rooted in the time and yet move beyond it, creating a glimpse into the past that is relevant today. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Aiden's story takes up where it left off in The Devil's Paintbox (2009), with Aiden heading toward Seattle as he leaves the Northwest lumber country in the late 1860s. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S PAINTBOX by Victoria McKernan
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Viscerally painted, in this narrative smallpox is never as frightening as the greed and hatred, nor are the love and dignity of a few so admirable. (Historical fiction. YA)"
A wagon train west looks good to the Lynch kids, who have been eating dirt after the death of the rest of their family at their Kansas soddy home. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A compelling alternative to the nonfiction accounts. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wisely using only real people and sticking close to the actual events of Shackleton's ill-fated expedition, McKernan does justice to one of the past century's great true adventure stories. Read full book review >
CROOKED ISLAND by Victoria McKernan
Released: April 1, 1994

"And don't turn your back on that 12- year-old, not for a minute."
Two hundred and fifty years after the corpse of James Francis Edward, who may or may not have been the rightful King of England, sinks with the Christiania in the coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Mayaguana, Annalee McGuire, insatiably curious 12-year- old daughter of archeologist Jack McGuire, discovers a mysterious necklace her father traces to the claimant. Read full book review >
POINT DECEPTION by Victoria McKernan
Released: July 15, 1992

"As in McKernan's Osprey Reef, the dialogue is nice, and the deb sendup hilarious."
When a mangled, bikini-clad torso gets entangled in an Antilla fishing net, and a US senator sorrowfully claims it as his daughter, spoiled post-deb Angelica Wattles, island pilot (with a CIA/FBI/DEA hush-hush past) Alex Sanders suggests to him that it just might be someone else's child. Read full book review >