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Emily Arnold McCully Books In Order

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Publication Order of Grandma Books

The Grandma Mix-Up (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandmas at the Lake (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandmas at Bat (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mixed-Up Grandmas Treasury (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mirette Books

Mirette on the High Wire (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starring Mirette and Bellini (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Promising Life (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

with Betty Baker, Barbara Ann Porte, Elizabeth Winthrop, Mildred Kantrowitz, Beatrice Gormley, Barbara M. Joosse
Maxie (With: Mildred Kantrowitz) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mandala (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martha's Mad Day (With: Miranda Hapgood) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
That's Mine! (With: Elizabeth Winthrop) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partners (With: Betty Baker) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edward Troy and the Witch Cat (With: Sarah Sargent) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Help at All (With: Betty Baker) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Highest Hit (With: Nancy Willard) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oliver and Alison's Week (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Play & Sing..It's Christmas! (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Playground (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Picnic (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Snow (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth of July (With: Barbara M. Joosse) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Molly (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
School (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Molly Goes Hiking (With: Ruth Shaw Radlauer) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Show Must Go On (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Lucky Duck! (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Baby (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Gift (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Take-Along Dog (With: Barbara Ann Porte) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dinah's Mad, Bad Wishes (With: Barbara M. Joosse) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Mean Machine (With: Beatrice Gormley) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zaza's Big Break (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Bus (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evil Spell (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meatball (With: PhyllisHoffman) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sky Guys to White Cat (With: Beatrice Gormley) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speak Up, Blanche! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amzat And His Brothers: Three Italian Tales Remembered (With: Floriano Vecchi) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amazing Felix (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Real Family (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossing the New Bridge (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Kit (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pirate Queen (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bobbin Girl (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ballot Box Battle (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Home Day (By: Donald Hall) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Divide (With: Michael Bedard) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Popcorn at the Palace (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beautiful Warrior (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Outlaw Thanksgiving (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mouse Practice (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main (With: Judy Cox) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monk Camps Out (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hurry! (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Go Tango (With: Arthur Dorros) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Hungry Kittens (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandmas Trick-Or-Treat (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Orphan Singer (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle for St. Michaels (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katie's Wish (With: Barbara Shook Hazen) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Do Angels Wear? (With: Eileen Spinelli) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Squirrel and John Muir (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Seder (With: Doreen Rappaport) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nora's Ark (With: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marvelous Mattie (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Escape of Oney Judge (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Jumped In! (With: Tess Weaver) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Heart Glow (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manjiro (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder Horse (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Cave (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage (With: Pegi Deitz Shea) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Late Nate in a Race (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Helpful Puppy (With: Kim Zarins) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pete Won't Eat (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ballerina Swan (With: Allegra Kent) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam and the Big Kids (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ida M. Tarbell (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Ducks Go (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strongheart (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
3, 2, 1, Go! (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of the Diamond (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pete Makes a Mistake (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clara (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pete Likes Bunny (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caroline's Comets (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Min Makes a Machine (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Did It! (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreaming in Code (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse (With: Elizabeth Spires) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Min Makes a Crane (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking Off: Airborne with Mary Wilkins Ellis (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Little Mushroom: A Story of Franz Schubert and His Friends (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
1, 2, 3, Pull! (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of I Can Read: Level 4 Books

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches (By: Alice Low) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prairie School (By: Avi) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Battle for St. Michaels (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Emily Arnold McCully is an American illustrator and children’s fiction author best known for “Mirette on the High Wire” a US picture book illustration she wrote in 1993. McCully is a native of Galesburg, Illinois, though she spent much of her childhood in the New York suburb of Garden City. She comes from a creative family as her father wrote for radio shows and her mother was a singer and actress. It was her mother that inspired the creative streak in her even as she was a child. Emily has asserted that it was her mother who recognized that she was trying to draw objects and audiences and encouraged her as she developed her art. She believes that her talent in drawing could someday open the doors for a professional career that would support her. She went to college at Brown University, then Pembroke College but instead of studying drawing she was drawn towards art history, reading, and theater. She said that at the time she was fed up with the weirdness that was constant in the life of an artist. For years, people had stood around her as he drew, marveling at how well she reproduced something or someone. As such, she decided to venture into something that she had never tried before just to be normal.

Emily McCully wrote a lot as a child as she started making little books full of stories as soon as she started to read. She also loved and followed comic strips and read a lot of the newspapers from New York City that came with the strips. She would also make up a lot on her own and as such used illustrations as a way of telling her stories right from the very beginning. As for inspiration, there were several books that she loved during this time but her favorite was “Freddy the Detective.” She also loved classics such as “Winnie the Pooh” and “Alice in Wonderland.” These books serve as an inspiration and she still enjoys them whenever she has the time. She had always loved to write and draw but she preferred the idea of being an illustrator rather than a painter since she believed it would be easier to make money as the former.

Once she graduated from college, she found it hard getting a job and ended up working for an advertising agency as a quasi-secretary. She later went back to college and earned her masters in art history from Columbia. When she realized that promotions were hard to come by, she decided to do something with her illustration talent. She compiled a portfolio of drawings and submitted it to several art directors and this led to several book cover jobs. Not long afterward, she got the huge break she needed when an editor for children’s fiction works saw a poster she did for the New York Subway. He contacted her and asked if she would be willing to provide some illustrations for a story he had. She had been making illustrations for stories for years but she never thought of doing it professionally. She had also taken an illustration course while at the Rhode Island School of Design but never thought much of it until then. She got her first assignment and built from that and become one of the most renowned illustrators in children’s fiction. She then pivoted to writing fiction starting with the publishing of the “O’Henry Collection” of short stories. This was followed by two novels and it as not long before she was writing children’s fiction and reunited her two loves – painting and writing.

Emily Arnold McCully’s A Promising Life is the story of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau who has believed for the longest time that a bright future awaited him. After all the great Sacagawea who had accompanied Clark and Lewis on the discovery expeditions was his mother. Given his mother’s connections, his life is changed for good when he is invited to St Louis by none other than Captain Clark. His mother encouraged him to glean everything he could by writing, reading mathematics, and languages. His life is soon a whirlwind of elections, dances, duels, and lessons as he undertakes journeys to far off destinations and makes friends and enemies. But he is also witness to the injustices that are visited on the Mandan, Arikara, and Osage Indian tribes by none other than his patron Captain Clark who works for the government as Indian Affairs agent. He has also seen the effect of what some may refer to as development on the Indian tribes. He needs to decide on what path to take given that the society he is living in is in a constant state of flux.

Emily Arnold McCully’s “The Secret Cave” is an intriguing story of Jacques Marshal. The boy was intrigued by the prehistoric tools and bones he had been shown in class. He had been amazed by the Font de Gaume cave paintings and as such when he and three other students find the cave, they are determined to do some exploration. On their hands and knees, they follow a tunnel into the cave that goes deep into the earth. The paintings on the walls of the cave look exactly like they did in the class paintings. After several days of exploring the cave and finding a lot of intriguing paintings, Jacques insists on showing the paintings to their teacher. He is skeptical at first until he sees the many paintings and takes some of them to an expert who pronounces them authentic. It is a beautiful semi-fictional story of the discovery of the treasures of Lascaux.

“Beautiful Warrior” by Emily Arnold McCully is an intriguing story of two Chinese girls whose lives at first glance do not seem to be connected in any way. But then they get interested in Kung Fu as a way of finding their way on life. Young Mingyo was being forced to get married to Soong Ling, a real jerk and bandit to save her family’s business. She is looking for a way out and turns to a local nun named Wu Mei to teach her martial arts as a way of dealing with her predicament. Wu Mei advises her to postpone the nuptials and tell Ling that she will only marry him if he can beat her in Kung Fu. She thinks it is a brilliant plan and is soon immersed in the world of Kung Fu and so begins a journey that will change her destiny.

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