May 2019, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 228 pp
National Book Award winner William Alexander conjures up a spooky adventure full of excitement in this entertaining sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
Rosa Diaz has her hands full of hauntings. She saved the town of Ingot by unleashing all the ghosts who were previously banished. Now, like the rest of the world, Ingot is filled with spirits and poltergeists. Unlike the rest of the world, the town’s living residents have no idea how to cope, and some of the ghosts are holding century-old grudges.
When something supernatural starts stealing kids’ voices at her school, Rosa is charged with solving the voice-snatching mystery. It doesn’t help that many of her classmates still blame her for releasing all of the ghosts in the first place. Rosa also suspects that she may be haunted herself.
Meanwhile, her best friend Jasper deals with the wreckage of the Renaissance Festival, his family’s former pride and joy. Ghosts from the town are clashing with ghosts from the festival, and the fairgrounds are closed to all. Is it possible to appease every kind of haunting?
SHELF AWARENESS – “A Festival of Ghosts, Alexander’s follow up to A Properly Unhaunted Place, is as strong as the first”
August 2018, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 208 pp
From National Book Award–winning author William Alexander comes a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts.
Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a librarian who specializes in ghost-appeasement—could possibly want to live in a place with no ghosts. Frankly, she doesn’t understand why anyone would.
Jasper Chevalier has always lived in Ingot. His father plays a knight at the local Renaissance Festival, and his mother plays the queen. Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his un-haunted town any other way. Then an apparition thunders across the fairgrounds and throws the quiet town into chaos.
Something otherworldly is about to be unleashed, and Rosa will need all her ghost appeasement tools—and a lot of help from Jasper—to restore peace to her new home.
KIRKUS – “A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them.”
SHELF AWARENESS – “A meticulously crafted world so tangible it feels like an alternate version of our own.”
September 2016, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 288 pp
When we last left Earth’s ambassador, Gabe Fuentes, he was stranded on the moon. Things don’t get better after he gets rescued by another young diplomat. The Outlast—a ruthless and spacefaring civilization determined to become the only intelligent life in the galaxy—are searching for Earth. Gabe must rely on unlikely alliances to save his planet and find his missing father in this riveting, hilarious, and mind-bending adventure.
KIRKUS – “[A] crackerjack adventure.”
September 2015, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 256 pp
Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this alien sci-fi adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets.
Gabe Fuentes expects to spend his summer the way he usually does: helping with his toddler siblings, and building model rockets with his best friend, but his plans drastically change when a purple creature called the Envoy invites Gabe to become Earth’s Ambassador to the rest of the galaxy. He learns about alien communication, escapes alien assassins, and finds out that his undocumented parents are in danger of deportation. Can Gabe survive long enough to solve two sets of alien problems?
KIRKUS – “Physics lovers will enjoy this clever series opener—but so will those who enjoy comedy, politics, diplomacy or strange-looking aliens.”
April 2014, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, 192 pp
Set alongside the National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets, Ghoulish Song weaves a story of music and mystery through the charmed, cursed world of Zombay.
The last day of Kaile’s life does not start well. Inspection Day at the family bakery becomes a culinary disaster, and goblin actors offer her a musical gift—a flute carved out of bone—which separates Kaile from her shadow. Only the dead have no shadows. Everyone knows that. Kaile’s shadowy adventures begin on the day her life officially ends, still breathing but unable to change what everyone knows.
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January 2012, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 256 pp
In the National Book Award–winning Goblin Secrets, a boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.
Rownie, the youngest in Graba’s witchy household of stray children, escapes and goes looking for his missing brother. He joins a goblin theater troupe, learns about the secret origins of masks and stagecraft, discovers why acting is forbidden in Zombay, and saves his beloved city from looming disaster. This accessible, atmospheric fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy.
KIRKUS – “wryly humorous and bearably yet excitingly menacing: Even while much is left unexplained, Rownie’s triumph is both gripping and tantalizing.”
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
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|English (UK)||Constable and Robinson|