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Room of Shadows

“David's first-person narrative is presented in short, fast-paced chapters, with occasional commentary from Poe himself…. An introduction that might tempt readers to explore Poe's own nightmares.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Dreambender

“This surprisingly upbeat dystopian tale may remind many readers of Lois Lowry’s The Giver.... Kidd tells an enjoyable story that features both appealing protagonists and well-presented ideas about the importance of creativity and following one’s dreams.”

Publishers Weekly

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Night on Fire

“In a powerful historical story that confronts uncomfortable truths about racism, Kidd creates strong-willed, contemplative heroines while capturing period details and the energy of the civil rights movement.

Publishers Weekly

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The Year of the Bomb

“Ever so aptly billed ‘Stand by Me meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ this multilayered historical novel features a quartet of quarrelsome—but loyal in the crunch—13-year-olds responding to the anxieties of the McCarthy-era Cold War.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Monkey Town

The Summer of the Scopes Trial

“A unique and heartfelt story of a likable girl maturing through an unforgettable summer in American history. An excellent read and a wonderful piece of literature.”

School Library Journal (starred)

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On Beale Street

“Kidd portrays the music scene with the enthusiasm of a blues fan while mining the layers of racism in a town where ‘There was black. There was white. But there was never gray.’ Johnny has an affinity for the gray, and Sun Records begins to feel like home.”

Kirkus Reviews

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Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

“A charming, delightful, and well-written novel that will appeal to both sexes.”

Children’s Book Review Service

“The funny scenarios and sharp one-liners give this book instant appeal.”

School Library Journal

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Second Fiddle

A Sizzle & Splat Mystery

“Kidd’s ability to manufacture suspense out of the doings of a youth orchestra is admirable; moreover, his neat plot is executed in a breezy style. Even readers who have never heard of Mozart will find themselves immersed…. Definitely entertaining.”

Booklist

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The Glitch

A Computer Fantasy

Benjamin Bean hates computers the way most kids hate homework. Suddenly, Benjy’s worst nightmare comes true—he’s trapped inside a computer.

• Junior Literary Guild selection

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Sizzle & Splat

“Kidd has a wry sense of humor that never lets up during this unusual case, and his main characters are delightful individualists. The result is a book that is all sizzle.”

School Library Journal (starred)

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Who Is Felix the Great?

Tim Julian has been feeling pretty empty ever since his father died. So when he has to write a report for his eleventh grade English class on a once famous person, Tim suddenly remembers Felix the Great, the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop who had been his father’s hero.

• Books for the Teen Age

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Dunker

“Author Ronald Kidd lends a light and readable style to this well-paced novel. Readers will enjoy the celebrity problems and the inside look at a recording studio as well as the action on the basketball court.”

School Library Journal

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That's What Friends Are For

“The story is beautifully written and deals with both friendship and death in a way teenagers can identify with. I wish I had had this book when I was a teenager and a close friend died.”

Children’s Book Review Service

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