Books by Willo Davis Roberts

THE ONE LEFT BEHIND by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Published posthumously. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Mandy has been left behind in an empty house; each member of the family thinks she's with another. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON HIS HANDS by Willo Davis Roberts
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2004

"Despite its ordinariness, however, this flows as a solid, fast-paced mystery capable of thrilling even the most reluctant of readers. (Fiction. YA)"
On the lam from a Holes-like juvenile detention camp in California, 16-year-old Marc hitchhikes his way to Seattle and safety in search of his real father. Read full book review >
REBEL by Willo Davis Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"The possibility of a European tour with both grandmothers and the teen duo leave readers open for sequels. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Amanda Jane has been called Rebel since she was two. Read full book review >
BUDDY IS A STUPID NAME FOR A GIRL by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"But the issues tend to outweigh the plot, making this a less-than-satisfying whole. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Instantly compelling, this is the story of two siblings who find themselves abandoned and evicted from their home. Read full book review >
UNDERCURRENTS by Willo Davis Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though she's ostensibly talking about Nikki's budding summer romance with the neighbor's son, cut short by the fire, the reader can only hope that no sequel is in the works. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A great cover, a creepy gardener-cum-madman and a maddeningly clueless, nervous, blond young stepmother (shades of Joan Fontaine) combine a gothic story with a contemporary teen problem novel—but the resulting mystery is far too easily resolved. Read full book review >
HOSTAGE by Willo Davis Roberts
THE KIDNAPPERS by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers will feel Joey's fear and frustration keenly in this expertly done page-turner. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An 11-year-old's reputation for wild stories comes back to haunt him when he's sole witness to a kidnapping but can't get anyone to take him seriously. Read full book review >
TWISTED SUMMER by Willo Davis Roberts
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"The element of menace she inserts into the idyllic lakeside community is quite believable; there are enough red herrings along the way to keep even mystery sophisticates from guessing the outcome. (Fiction. 12+)"
When Cici and her family arrive at Crystal Lake, where they've spent every summer except the previous one, they hear terrible news. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"563, etc.) delivers them well. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lewis Dodge, almost 12, is invited to go on a camping trip to Yellowstone Park with his new neighbors, the Rupes, and their 12-year-old son, Harry. Read full book review >
CAUGHT! by Willo Davis Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, the stark realism adds to the suspense; the story works. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Thriller fans will welcome Roberts's latest: Once again, children face danger without adult protection. Read full book review >
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT DAVID? by Willo Davis Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Useful, perhaps, but simplistic. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When David, 11, hears one of his parents voicing the title's question during a bitter discussion of their separate vacation plans, he's understandably hurt at being considered little more than an inconvenience. Read full book review >