Books by Wendy Mass

STEALING THE SWORD by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"An obvious—and bland—riff on the Magic Treehouse series. (review questions) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
An odd item found in a flea-market suitcase sends two children back to days of yore in this series opener aimed at fledgling chapter-book readers. Read full book review >
THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlarge recipe, tasty but flawed. (Mystery. 8-12)"
The winners of a candy-making contest track a mysterious but crucial ingredient. Read full book review >
WATER PLANET RESCUE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Its likable hero is just one reason to love this intergalactic space adventure. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Newly recruited Intergalactic Security Force deputy Archie Morningstar prepares for his first mission as co-pilot and navigator aboard his father's space taxi. Read full book review >
ARCHIE TAKES FLIGHT by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid start to a new chapter-book series. (Adventure. 6-9)"
Archie Morningstar has been waiting for "eight years, eight months, and eight days" to ride along with his taxicab-driving father. But when the night finally arrives, the experience proves to be out of this world. Read full book review >
THE LAST PRESENT by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"While the tale has general appeal, it is most suited for devoted series fans, who will most appreciate the tying up of loose ends and revelation of long-held secrets. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The latest volume in the Willow Falls series finds Amanda and Leo trying to save a young girl through a series of eventful time-traveling adventures. Read full book review >
PI IN THE SKY by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Science and absurdity frolic together to gleeful effect. (author's note) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Astrophysics and cosmology play around with haphazard cheer in an experimental comedy that could be a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for kids. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Absolutely no villains—even the witch who cast the spell gets to turn herself into a cat to accompany her feline companion—and a bunch of supportive parents, siblings and buddies make for a squeaky-clean read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reasonably charming middle-grade version of "Beauty and the Beast" has little bite. Read full book review >
13 GIFTS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In equal parts philosophical and wryly humorous, this magical tale will satisfy both fans and new readers alike. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A rash decision involving attempted theft of a school mascot sets into motion a series of life-altering events for nearly-13-year-old Tara. Read full book review >
THE CANDYMAKERS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Earnest and sweet, with enough salty twists not to taste saccharine. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set in a candy factory as tantalizingly fragrant as Willy Wonka's, this half-mystery, half-jigsaw-puzzle novel is a mild-mannered cousin to The Westing Game and When You Reach Me. Read full book review >
FINALLY by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A couple of clunky plot points notwithstanding, Mass provides a pretty entertaining and solidly worthwhile read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rory Swenson just cannot wait to be 12, that magical age at which her parents will lighten up and allow her some independence. Read full book review >
11 BIRTHDAYS by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Leo. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this slow-paced middle-school friendship saga, mildly spiced with a bit of fantasy, readers meet Amanda and Leo, best friends who have spent every birthday together since day one. Read full book review >
EVERY SOUL A STAR by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Glowing astronomical details entrance. (author's note, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Three lives are transformed at a much-anticipated total solar eclipse. Read full book review >
HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL by Wendy Mass
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A quick read with a commercial angle and an excellent cover (each word in a font evoking a different store), this will please readers but will be easily forgotten—much like your average day at the mall. (Fiction. 13+)"
Adequate but uninspiring free verse tells the first-person story of a girl whose life is summed up by a bag of stuff. Read full book review >
JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Wendy Mass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"It may be a subplot or two in need of a trim, and the resolution will surprise nobody but Jeremy, but agreeable on the whole. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Years before he died, Jeremy Fink's father prepared a box containing "the meaning of life" for his son to open on his 13th birthday. Read full book review >
LEAP DAY by Wendy Mass
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It's a fairly risky construction: Josie is agreeable enough, but aside from her birthday, she's not particularly interesting; it's the other stories that swirl around Josie's that give both the story, and ultimately even Josie herself as she becomes aware of them, real depth. (Fiction. 12+)"
Josie's 16th birthday is also her fourth birthday: she is a "leaper," born on February 29th, and she revels in the quadrennial recurrence of her natal day. Read full book review >
A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE by Wendy Mass
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This flaw (not unusual with first novels) aside, here is a quietly unusual and promising offering. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A young teen whose world is filled with colors and shapes that no one else sees copes with the universal and competing drives to be unique and to be utterly and totally normal. Read full book review >