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Publication Order of Joshua T. Bates Books

The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodbye, Amanda the Good (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lucy Forever Books

Lucy Forever & Miss Rosetree, Shrinks (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucy Forever, Miss Rosetree, and the Stolen Baby (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Fortunate Madness (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman Like That (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of Power (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miracle Play (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of Hearts (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreaming Of Heroes (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Country of Strangers (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of the New World (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Train Home (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Visiting Physician (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plum & Jaggers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Student of Living Things (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Are the Love of My Life (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
More News Tomorrow (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

The Nightmares of Geranium Street (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Secrets (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Masquerade (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loveletters (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revolution of Mary Leary (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bad Dreams of a Good Girl (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
How I Saved the World on Purpose (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lily and the Runaway Baby (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn't Hear (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wait for Me (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amy Dunn Quits School (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zoe and Columbo (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Formerly Great Alexander Family (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warts (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Goalie (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jonah the Whale (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Misc Plum and Jaggers ARC (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Cats (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blister (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trout and Me (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under the Watsons' Porch (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss Me Tomorrow (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lovely Shoes (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Search for Baby Ruby (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jonah (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Skin Deep (With: Marita Golden) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outside The Law (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
How We Want to Live (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales Out of School (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Me Home Safely (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warm Springs (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The World Is Round Just Like An Orange:Many Ways Of Learning(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Fine to Be Nine(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Susan Richards Shreve
Susan Richards Shreve, born in Toledo, Ohio on May 2, 1939. She is an American novelist, professor, and author, writing more than a dozen kid’s books.

She was educated at the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. Susan has taught at George Mason University, Bennington College, George Washington University, and Princeton. For a brief time, she was an essayist on The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

She co-founded the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in the year 1985, and served for thirty years most recently as Chairman. Susan was a co-found and has been a Professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at George Mason University for over forty years.

Susan has four grown kids, one of which is a published author named Porter Shreve.

She has been given the Jenny Moore Award (from George Washington University in 1978), and Notable Book citation from the American Library Association for “Family Secrets”. She has also won Best Book for Young Adults for “The Masquerade”. She has also won an Edgar Allan Poe Award.

“Blister” is the first novel in the “Blister” series and was released in the year 2003. Alyssa Reed’s life is a mess. Because her parents cannot stop fighting, and her mom will not stop crying. Alyssa’s dad has decided to move the family out to a new town, and to move to a separate apartment. No one gave Alyssa any say in the matter.

Alyssa decides to take some control. She dubs herself Blister and begins fighting back in her own special way. Blister is going to take on her brand new school with her wardrobe (stolen from her dad’s girlfriend), new identity, and a new raw attitude that no one is going to be able to ignore. Not even the cheerleaders.

Look out world, because here comes Blister!

The book is written with a strong voice that help get the readers’ attention to begin with. Blister always looks on the bright side and is very brave, all while she takes control of her own life and tries to figure out her place in the world.

“Kiss Me Tomorrow” is the second novel in the “Blister” series and was released in the year 2007. Blister has returned to learn about what happens when Cupid comes calling.

Blister was right there for Jonah when he was the new kid that everybody loved hating on. She was also there for him when he lied about being a big TV personality. Blister was right with Jonah when he turned this lie into a real job at a television station, complete with his own show. Now everything has changed. This is because Jonah is in trouble once more, and he looks to Blister to be much more than just a friend to her.

The action picks up and you have a tough time of setting the book down until you have finished. This is a simple and a sweet book that kept readers’ attention the entire time they read it.

“A Student of Living Things” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2006. Even with the dread and confusion of the post-9/11 world, the tightly knit Frayn family is pretty well insulated from the bomb threats, snipers, and the natural disasters that will plague Washington, D.C., just a few years into the future.

In the short amount of time it takes Claire Frayn to look for her umbrella while Steven, her brother, waits next to her on the steps of the university library, he gets shot and killed. Ruined, the family scatters to the havens they can find. Steven’s dad moves into the airplane hangar located right behind the house, Claire (who is a biology student) adapts, and his mom moves into the glass factory she works at.

Galvanized by one impassioned stranger that claims to be a friend of her brother’s, and she sheds her measured academic persona and attempts to avenge her brother’s death. Expecting to reveal a political conspiracy aimed at her outspoken brother, Claire reveals her family’s own darkest secrets as well as her true love, instead.

The plot has some great twists and turns in it, and all of the characters were well developed, with the family dynamics have little nuances.

“You Are the Love of My Life” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2012. The year is 1973 and Watergate is what everybody is talking about. Lucy Painter illustrates children’s books and is the single mom of two. She leaves the married father of her kids and New York in order to live in a tightly knit neighborhood in Washington in the same house where she grew up. It is also the place that she discovered her dad’s suicide.

Lucy is hoping to get a fresh start, however her life is full of secrets. Her kids do not know anything about her dad’s death or even the identity of their dad. While the neighbors enter their lives, her family’s stability as well as their safety has become threatened.

“More News Tomorrow” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2019. On the morning of Georgianna Grove’s seventieth birthday, she gets an unexpected letter that calls her back to Missing Lake, Wisconsin, the place her mom was murdered sixty-six years prior. Georgie’s dad confessed to the murder the very next morning and got carried right to some state penitentiary.

Georgie is determined to find out the truth and haunted by the night that claimed both her parents. She takes her hesitant family on what is going to become a dangerous canoe trip up the Bone River to Missing Lake.

Susan captures the tenor of the times while Georgie does her best to untangle a web of half-forgotten memories and bigotry.

Shreve provides a touch of mystery, a look at family dynamics, and some history; all of which in an interesting story. Fans found themselves finishing this one pretty quickly, with its atmospheric writing and a distinctive setting. All in all, this is a well done psychological mystery novel.

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