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Publication Order of Marvin Books

The Smallest Cow in the World (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marvin One Too Many (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Nightingales That Weep (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master Puppeteer (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bridge to Terabithia (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jacob Have I Loved (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Sing, Jimmy Jo (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Park's Quest (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lyddie (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flip-Flop Girl (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jip: His Story (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Preacher's Boy (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Same Stuff as Stars (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bread and Roses, Too (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Day of the Pelican (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flint Heart (With: JohnPaterson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Brigadista Year (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birdie's Bargain (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chapter Books

The King's Equal (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Field of the Dogs (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Tongue-Cut Sparrow (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Angel and the Donkey (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Celia and the Sweet, Sweet Water (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wide-Awake Princess (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blueberries for the Queen (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under The Spell Of The Moon (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night of His Birth (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Angels and Other Strangers: Family Christmas Stories (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star of Night (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Favorites from Katherine Paterson (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katherine Paterson Treasury (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Midnight Clear: Family Christmas Stories (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Consider the Lilies: Plants of the Bible (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Am I?: Exploring What It Means to Be a Child of God (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Images of God (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invisible Child (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories of My Life (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stephanie S. Tolan Children's Books

The Liberation of Tansy Warner (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grandpa—and Me (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time to Fly Free (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pride of the Peacock (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marcy Hooper and the Greatest Treasure in the World (By: Stephanie S. Tolan,Karen Milone) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bridge to Terabithia (With: Stephanie S. Tolan,Steve Liebman) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sophie and the Sidewalk Man (By: Stephanie S. Tolan,Susan Avishai) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch of Maple Park (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Save Halloween! (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Face in the Mirror (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bartholomew's Blessing (By: Margie Moore,Stephanie S. Tolan) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listen! (By: Stephanie S. Tolan) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wishworks, Inc. (By: Amy June Bates,Stephanie S. Tolan) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harper Trophy Books Books

Hurry Home, Candy (By: Meindert DeJong) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadrach (By: Meindert DeJong) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Witch (By: Anna Elizabeth Bennett) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Along Came a Dog (By: Meindert DeJong) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer of the Falcon (By: Jean Craighead George) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grizzly (By: Gilbert Riswold) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noonday Friends (By: Mary Stolz) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventeenth-Street Gang (By: Emily Cheney Neville) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sour Land (By: William H. Armstrong) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Park Book (By: Charlotte Zolotow) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Mountain (By: Laszlo Kubinyi,Mollie Hunter) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Billion for Boris (By: Mary Rodgers) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stranger Came Ashore (By: Mollie Hunter) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wicked One (By: Mollie Hunter) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Runaway To Freedom (By: Barbara Smucker) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poem stew (By: William Cole) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land I Lost (By: Quang Nhuong Huynh) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Switch (By: Mary Rodgers) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl (By: Virginia Hamilton) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desdemona-Twelve Going on Desperate (By: Beverly Keller) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hey World, Here I Am! (By: Jean Little) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Two-Thousand-Pound Goldfish (By: Betsy Byars) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stonewords (By: Pam Conrad) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? (By: Harriet Lerner,Susan Goldhor) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crush (By: Ellen Conford) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Night, Maman (By: Norma Fox Mazer) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pilot Down, Presumed Dead (By: Marjorie Phleger) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late? (By: Crockett Johnson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Travellers in Time: Past, Present, and to Come(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World In 1492(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
When I Was Your Age: Original Stories about Growing Up(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Places I Never Meant To Be(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About The Future(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L'Engle: Essays In Her Honor(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Open Your Eyes(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Acting Out(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson is a young adult fantasy author best known for her novel, Bridge of Terabithia. Paterson was born in Quinn Jingo, China, but her parents left for the US at the height of the second world war. She graduated from King College and enjoyed her years studying American literature. The talented author later studied Christian education as she prepared to become a missionary. After four years of teaching rural schools in Japan, Paterson moved back to the US, got married, and started writing curriculum material for fifth and sixth graders. She is now a mother of four grown children, a grandmother, a loving wife, and a celebrated author.

Bridge of Terabithia
Bridge of Terabithia tells the story of two unusual friends and the moments they enjoy together. Jess Aaron wants to be the fastest runner in his fifth-grade class, and he has been practicing all summer to make this a reality. He cannot wait to see the admiration on his classmates’ faces when he emerges the winner. However, things do not go as he anticipated. A new girl outruns everyone on their first day of school. While Jess is disappointed that he doesn’t achieve his goal, he doesn’t have anything against the new girl. Leslie Burke and Jess become fast friends. Soon, they become inseparable and create Terabithia, a magical kingdom where one is the king and the other, queen.

In the fantasy kingdom of Terabithia, Jess and Leslie let their imagination run wild. The friendship between them blossoms as they continue spending time together while hiding their world from everyone else. These two lonely kids enjoy each other’s company in school and at home as neighbors and classmates. Jess is the only boy in his family, which means that he is also expected to run errands and take care of his younger sisters. Leslie has always been an outcast and a victim of bullying at school. While everything is not perfect for Jess and Leslie, their lives are much better because they can count on each other. It’s also nice having young siblings who adore them and an understanding teacher.

Things do get intense at some point in this story, and some events will leave you sobbing. The author expertly handles death and grief, a theme many authors do not explore in the kids’ or young adults’ genre. You will enjoy meeting all the characters and their pet, only to have your heart broken when death strikes. Leslie is such a delightful character. While being a nerd exposes her to ridicule at school, she has a fantastic personality. Jess is also a delight and one of those characters who bring a bit of sunshine even on gloomy days. The fantasy world these kids create is impressive, but they will eventually have to pay the price in the end.

Bridge of Terabithia is a fascinating story that starts with an uncanny friendship. Jess feels overburdened, overlooked, and under-appreciated. Leslie is bullied until she gets exhausted and decides to take action. There is so much more packed in this little book, not to mention the gut-wrenching events that will break even the hardest of hearts. While this book is written with young adults in mind, there is something for everyone, young and old. The story is a blend of happiness, revelation, and sadness, and it is amazing how the cast grows on you after the first few chapters.

Jacob Have I Loved
Jacob Have I Loved tells the story of two girls, Sara Louise Bradshaw and her twin Caroline. Sara was born a few seconds before Caroline, and she felt that this is the only time she enjoyed being the center of attention. Ever since her sister Caroline was born, Sara became invisible. Her twin was pretty, talented, and better in every possible way, which explains why her parents and everyone around them paid more attention to her. As they grew older, Sara begins to resent her sister, and her hatred grows the more Caroline becomes successful. Why does she have to take everything Sara wants, including her friends? Why can’t Sara be the special one just once to her family?

After wallowing for a better part of her childhood, Sara begins to realize that what she felt about herself mattered more than what others felt about her. As she continues to accept herself, Sara discovers that everyone else is treating her much better. Most of the hatred she felt from her family and friends was perceived, and this was majorly because she did not think she was enough. Reading this book from a child’s view, you will pity Sara and wish everyone would show her some love. However, from an adult’s eye, you can easily see that most of Sara’s sadness came from within. It almost feels like she is jealous of her sisters and doesn’t appreciate what her parents and friends do to make her feel appreciated.

This story paints a perfect picture of what goes on in teenagers’ minds. Many feel unloved and like their parents ignore them. The talented ones are only focused on shinning and barely pay attention to what is happening around them. While you will be sad that Sara has such a difficult time, you will enjoy witnessing her transformation. Once she stops sacrificing so much and starts pushing for what she wants, her life takes a turn for the better. Young adults can learn a lot from both Caroline and Sara. What matters to each of us is what we think about ourselves. If you believe that you are less than, then the world will continue treating you as such.

Jacob Have I Loved is a beautiful story about growing up and the pain that comes with it. The full-circle message towards the end makes this a perfect read for every teenager. All of us have numerous opportunities to seize if only we could change our attitudes. This story also comes with humor, emotion, and just the right dose of sadness, making it a satisfying read for adults as well. Everything from the narration to the pace is just right, and the setting gives the novel quite an edge.

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