THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR
The morning the gun went off, I was thinking about Tolstoy and the Beatles, and maybe, if I’m being honest here, a little about Ray Miller and how his eyes were perfect little pieces of sky. . ..Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the sound track of the Beach Boys and the Beatles, this is a story of family, unexpected friendships, dancing under the summer stars, and the power—and weight—of secrets.
“Refreshing and engaging. . . . A delightful read from beginning to end.” -VOYA
“A thoughtful coming-of-age story about a girl learning to see beyond black and white.”-Publishers Weekly
“Gentle and wise.” –The Bulletin
“Engaging . . . illustrating the deep questions teens often face, which are as relevant today as they were in 1963.” –Booklist
“Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . This is a story that will stick with you for a long while after the cover is closed.” –Portland Book Review
THE SILENCE OF MURDER-Winner of the Edgar Award!
“From acclaimed author Dandi Daley Mackall comes a gripping murder mystery and a dark yet powerfully redemptive story of love, secrets, and silence.”
“Paced like a riveting television courtroom drama, with the ultimate conclusive twist, The Silence of Murder is gritty and intense, and it will appeal to readers who appreciate realistic depictions of criminal investigations. Mackall portrays autism with compassion and sensitivity; Hope’s unerring devotion to her brother, and her ability to see beyond his disability, beautifully anchors this novel.” School Library Journal
“Hope’s first-person narrative pulls readers immediately into the story as she works her way through clues and false leads to the truth. The well-plotted mystery is intriguing, and Hope’s determined efforts to solve it have an authentic feel. . . Hope’s compelling voice and the very real sense of danger propel the pace to a solution that will have readers talking.” Booklist
MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS – Now a Hallmark movie!
“Teens who appreciate feisty female characters will be entertained by Bailey’s voyage to self-discovery, and the star-crossed ending will satisfy romance enthusiasts. Kirk’s
“I absolutely loved this book….The stories are compelling! I loved the message and the writing….” 5 Stars TeensReadToo
The year 1978 has been a pretty good one for Eva Lott. She has a terrific best friend, she’s dating the best-looking guy in school, and she just made the varsity swim team. So when her widowed dad says it’s time for them to move, she’s not exactly thrilled. And when he tells her that he intends to move to Communist Poland to help with a radical underground movement. . . Well, it’s all downhill from there. This story parallels the author’s experiences before “The Wall” came down.
“Modern Communism is rarely depicted in children’s literature, and never before this well.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“…A unique look at this time period, coupled with a love story, makes this remarkable historical fiction.” School Library Journal
Nominated ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2007
Finalist for Ohioana Award, 2007
New York Public Library “Teen Pick”
CRAZY IN LOVE
Mary Jane Ettermeyer has a bad case of “senioritis.” She can’t even get along with herself (daring and sexy M.J. vs. mom-in-my-head Plain Jane). They bicker over what to wear, who to sit with at lunch, and, of course, the amazing Jackson, cutest guy in the universe . . . and her girlfriend’s boyfriend.
5 out of 5 stars Critic’s Corner
“What a great read! I laughed out loud at Mary Jane, but I’ve got those same voices in my head when it comes to guys. Funnier and deeper than anything I’ve read lately.”
“Mackall’s lively style makes this book a fun read. It also deals with the very real angst of a high school senior who must figure out issues of relationships, personal integrity, friendship, and love at a pivotal time in her life. What a great book to use as a discussion starter or to give to a teenager, so that she can realize she’s not the only one out there going through this.” Children’s Literature
ONE SMALL DONKEY
Gentle rhyming text offers a new vantage point on the First Christmas and a fresh sense of worth for even the smallest child.
RUDY RIDES THE RAILS: A Depression Era Story
Dandi met the real ‘Ramblin’ Rudy” & was inspired to capture his story & sense of community and adventure, when Rudy “rode the rails” as a teen hobo during the Great Depression.
Winner of the “Award of Excellence” from Chicago Book and Media Show 2007 Featured Book of the month on Rutgers site
Notable Book 2008 – Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (National Council of Social Studies & Children’s Book Council)
Winner of the Angel Award
A GIRL NAMED DAN
This story is based on an incident from Mackall’s childhood when the boys banned her from their baseball games because she was a girl. Then she hears about an essay-writing contest: Why I Want to Be Batboy for the Kansas City A’s (now the Royals). The winner gets to be batboy! Since the contest is “for boys only,” Dandi signs the entry with her nickname, “Dan.”
“Mackall seamlessly weaves a good deal of baseball trivia and slang into her tale…Dandi is an engaging and sympathetic heroine, and her story will resonate with many readers.” – School Library Journal
THAT’S NAT! The Natalie Series K-2
Meet Natalie, a little girl with a big heart. These laugh-out-loud books make great read-alouds!