P a u l   F l e i s c h m a n

Winner of the Newbery Medal





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SEEDFOLKS
Read by the state of Vermont and cities around the country

Buckeye Children's Book Award
Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Best Books (School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly)

A Haitian boy, a pregnant Mexican teen, a British nurse, and 10 other characters tell the story of the founding and first year of a neighbornood garden in an immigrant area of Cleveland. A hymn to the sense of community. See "From Seed to Seedfolks" in the Articles section for how the book came to be written.

"The size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains."
--Christian Science Monitor

12+ / Hardcover, paperback, e-book (HarperCollins) / Audio (Blackstone) / Spanish (Lectorum)





WHIRLIGIG
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Publisher's Weekly Best Book
Booklist Editors' Choice

Meeting the mother of the girl he's inadvertently killed, Brent accepts her eccentric penance: to build four whirligigs of the victim and set them up in the four corners of the United States. A geared novel of connections and consequences, alternating between Brent's story and those of characters who encounter his wind toys long after he's passed through. See the Whirligig page for much more about the book.

"Complex and rewarding, this is a stellar addition to a consummate writer's body of work."   --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

High school / Hardcover, paperback, e-book (Henry Holt) / Audio (Blackstone)





BULL RUN
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
Vermont Reads statewide choice for 2012

Best Books (SLJ)
Notable Children's Books (ALA)
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)

A black man passing for white so as to fight, an orphan who's found family among horses, a cynical doctor, a slave, a sketch artist...Sixteen characters--8 northern, 8 southern--describe their experiences in the Civil War's first major engagement. Crossing back and forth across battle lines, the book is told through 60 monologues and is conducive to classroom reader's theater.

"Intimate and sweeping, a heartbreaking and vivid portrait of a war."
--Publishers Weekly

11+ / Hardcover, paperback, e-book (HarperCollins) / Audio (Blackstone, Recorded Books)





BREAKOUT
Finalist for the National Book Award

Desperate to leave L.A. and her old self behind, Del changes her name, jumps in her car--and gets mired at once in an all-day traffic jam....Eight years later, it's opening night for the one-woman show she's written, called Breakout, about an L.A. traffic jam, a hilarious portrait of the city through its drivers. Flashing between the two, we get a backstage pass into a young playwright's psyche, letting us watch her transform life into art, heartache into comedy, and anger into acceptance.

"A stunning tour de force."   --Kirkus (starred review)

High school / Hardcover (Cricket Books) / Paperback (Simon and Schuster) / Audio (Recorded Books)






GRAVEN IMAGES
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Newbery Honor Book (ALA)
Best Books (School Library Journal)
Notable Children's Books (ALA)

A wooden boy, a copper saint, a marble statue: Three graven images at the heart of three tales--a comedy of errors and two spine-tinglers. Freshly illustrated and with a new Afterword by the author.

11+ / Hardcover and paper (Candlewick) / Audio (Listening Library)






SEEK
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Horn Book Fanfare Book

Assigned to write his autobiography, Rob "listens back" over his life. That symphony of words comprises Seek, delivered by a chorus of 52 speakers--from relatives to baseball announcers to Rob's absent DJ father, a man he's spent his life pursuing through the labyrinth of the airwaves. A sound portrait both compelling and comic, presented entirely in dialogue, Seek is suitable for readers theater or full production. An abridged version running 45 minutes is available in an acting edition from Dramatic Publishing.

"If Seek were a radio show instead of a book, I would have pulled off the road, parked and sat there, transfixed, to the very end."  --Robert Krulwich, New York Times

High school and adults / Paperback (Simon & Schuster) / Acting Edition (Dramatic Publishing) / Audio (Listening Library)






THE BORNING ROOM
Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Teachers' Choices (IRA)
Notable Children's Books in Social Studies (NCSS)

A 19th century Ohio girl's autobiography told through scenes centered in her home's borning room--from her birth in it, through the Civil War, her marriage, and up to her final days.

"The dimensions of one small room expand to become a universal setting for the grand drama that is life."  --Horn Book (starred review)

11+ / E-book, audiobook (Blackstone)





A FATE TOTALLY WORSE THAN DEATH
Children's Choices Award (IRA)
Booklist Editors' Choice

A wicked parody of teen horror novels, pitting Cliffside High's ruthless clique, the Huns, against an otherwordly exchange student, leading them to endure the grisliest fate that a teen could imagine--aging.

12+ / E-book, audiobook (Blackstone)






MIND'S EYE
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A 16-year-old and her 88-year-old roommate escape winter, North Dakota, and their nursing home by taking a shared mental trip--guided by a 1910 edition of Baedeker's Italy. Each of them traveling for her own reasons, teenaged Courtney gradually wrests control of the trip, taking it toward an unexpected destination. Told entirely through dialogue.

"A paean to the power of the imagination."  --KLIATT

High school / Hardcover and e-book (Holt) / Paperback (Holt, Dell)





ZAP
Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

In this madcap new play for high school and community theater, a struggling acting troupe attempts to compete with TV by offering seven plays at once and letting the audience zap back and forth among them. Behold parodies of Chekhov, Beckett, and Agatha Christie collide with Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, and Richard III in a theatrical train wreck of massive proportions compounded by a tell-all performance artist. Large cast (12m, 8w minimum), one set. There's a teacher's guide on the Articles/Excerpts page. For rights, email Melanie Blais (melanie.blais@candlewick.com).

"I'm applying to change my name legally to Paul Fleischman. I want his imagination and seven sets of royalties."  --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

High school and adults / Paperback and e-book(Candlewick)






REAR-VIEW MIRRORS
Best Books (School Library Journal)

West meets east and city meets country when a teenaged Californian spends a summer with her estranged father in New Hampshire--a stay recalled during a marathon bike ride.

High school / E-Book, audiobook (Blackstone)






SATURNALIA
Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Honor Award
Notable Children's Books (ALA)
Best Books (School Library Journal)

Two casts of characters inhabit Boston's streets--one by day, the other by night--linked by a captured Narraganset boy. Dark deeds and robust humor mix in a tale set during the Puritans' Indian wars.

12+ / E-book, audiobook (Blackstone)





COMING-AND-GOING MEN
Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)

Four linked tales--both eerie and comic--of itinerants who pass through a Vermont town in the year 1800.

High school /Out of print







PATH OF THE PALE HORSE
Golden Kite Fiction Honor Book (SCBWI)
Teachers' Choices (NCTE)

A young doctor's apprentice accompanies his master to Philadelphia to do battle with the yellow fever epidemic of 1793.

10+ / Out of print





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THE MATCHBOX DIARY
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

See the Home page








THE DUNDERHEADS BEHIND BARS
illustrated by David Roberts

Stars of their classroom after outwitting Miss Breakbone, the Dunderheads take a crack at Hollywood fame--only to land in a mystery not in their plans. Lights, cameras, and thievery collide in a summertime caper requiring all their sundry skills, illustrated once more by the wickedly witty star of pen and ink, David Roberts.

"Subversive and exuberant..."   --School Library Journal, starred review

Hardcover (Candlewick )





THE DUNDERHEADS
illustrated by David Roberts


Kate Greenaway Medal short list
PEN Center USA Literature Award


"Never," shrieked Miss Breakbone, "have I been asked to teach such a scraping together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don't-knowing dunderheads!" She never suspects that Spider's climbing, Pencil's drawing, Hollywood's movie knowledge, and the group's other skills will carry them through a caper that will make them playground legends--at her expense.

"Cleverness in spades."   --Booklist

Paperback (Candlewick)






WESLANDIA
illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

State Book Award winner in California, Washington, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, Rhode Island
PEN West Literary Award
An SLJ Best Book of the Year
A Parents Magazine Best Book

An outcast from the world of his peers, Wesley develops his own private civilization--from clothing to counting system to constellations, winning over his former tormentors.

"This fantastical picture book, like its hero, is bursting at the seams with creativity....a vigorous shot in the arm to nonconformists everywhere."   --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Hardcover and paperback (Candlewick)





GLASS SLIPPER, GOLD SANDAL: A Worldwide Cinderella
illustrated by Julie Paschkis

A New York Times 2007 Notable book
A Book Sense Children's Pick
An NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

Once upon a time, in Mexico... in Zimbabwe... in India... there lived a girl whose stepmother made her sleep on the hearthstones. In Iraq, knowing she'd urged her father to remarry, she tells herself, "I picked up the scorpion with my own hand" and vows not to complain about her lot. In Russia, crying in hunger, she's fed by a cow pouring honey from its horn. In Indonesia, she receives a golden sarong to dance in from the mouth of a crocodile. Gorgeously illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal braids a gathering of Cinderella tales into one--a hymn to the rich variety of our cultures and the chameleon quality of stories to change their clothes while keeping their essence.

"A gem of a book."   --Kirkus Reviews

Hardcover (Henry Holt)






THE BIRTHDAY TREE
illustrated by Barry Root

After Jack's parents plant an apple tree in honor of his birth, they notice a strange affinity between the two. When the boy runs off to sea, they're bereft--until they realize that they can behold their son's life through the tree. Paul Fleischman's first book, originally published in 1979, has now been luminously illustrated by Barry Root.

Hardcover (Candlewick)






SIDEWALK CIRCUS
illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

An ALA Notable book
Society of Illustrators Silver Medal


The same team that brought you Weslandia is back, this time with a wordless book about a circus whose performers, from squirrels to skateboarders, are noticed by no one at a crowded bus stop except for a pair of children.

"A festival for the imagination."   --Booklist (starred review)

Paperback (Candlewick)





THE ANIMAL HEDGE
illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Best Children's Books 2003, Publishers Weekly

When a drought forces him to sell his livestock and move, the farmer is grief-stricken--until he notices animal shapes in the hedge surrounding his cottage. Clipping around them, he brings forth chicks and calves and piglets. When his sons come of age and wonder what trades to pursue, they too find their hearts' desires in the hedge.

"A delightful tale of following one's dreams."   --Kirkus (starred review)

Paperback (Candlewick)






LOST! A Story in String
illustrated by C. B. Mordan

A grandmother's tale of surviving the winter woods alone, illustrated with a series of string figures she makes in the manner of cat's cradle. A revival of an ancient pasttime, complete with instructions.

Hardcover (Henry Holt)





TIME TRAIN
illustrated by Claire Ewart

On a trip to study dinosaurs, a class finds its train transporting them not simply to Utah--but to the Jurassic.

Paper (HarperCollins)





RONDO IN C
illustrated by Janet Wentworth

A girl's performance at a piano recital calls up a bouquet of memories among the audience. A lyrical testament to the power of music.

Out of print





SHADOW PLAY
illustrated by Eric Beddows

Former shadow puppeteer Paul Fleischman invites you into Monsieur LeGrand's tent for a shadow performance of Beauty and the Beast--and a series of surprises concerning surface and substance.

Out of print





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SEEDFOLKS

My stage adaptation of Seedfolks is now ready for middle school, high school, and community theaters. It's large-cast (11f, 11m minimum), single-set, and well-supplied with nonspeaking roles. It's a spoken musical of sorts--for a taste, see the opening scene. There's lots of dialogue, action, and new material. What happens with Maricela? Do tomatoes bring Curtis and Lateesha together? The play answers some of the questions I'm most commonly asked by readers of the book.

Licensing info and a full script are available from Playscripts. I'll do my best to attend the first half-dozen productions so as to remove any burrs from the script and carry new ideas into the acting edition that Playscripts will publish. If you're planning to put it on, do contact me at paul@paulfleischman.net.





LOGOMANIACS

See the description on the Home page.










ZAP
Performed in CA, NY, FL, TN, MI, TX, UT, Canada
Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

A madcap new play for high school and community theater! A struggling acting troupe attempts to compete with TV by offering seven plays at once and letting the audience zap back and forth among them. Behold parodies of Chekhov, Beckett, and Agatha Christie collide with Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, and Richard III in a theatrical train wreck of massive proportions compounded by a tell-all performance artist. Large cast (12m, 8w minimum), one set. There's a teacher's guide on the Articles/Excerpts page. For rights, contact Melanie Blais (melanie.blais@candlewick.com).

"I'm applying to change my name legally to Paul Fleischman. I want his imagination and seven sets of royalties."  --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

High school and adults / Paperback and e-book (Candlewick)






SEEK
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book
A Horn Book Fanfare Book

Assigned to write his autobiography, Rob "listens back" over his life. That symphony of words comprises Seek, delivered by a chorus of 52 speakers--from relatives to baseball announcers to Rob's absent DJ father, a man he's spent his life pursuing through the labyrinth of the airwaves. A sound portrait both compelling and comic, presented entirely in dialogue, Seek is suitable for readers theater or full production. An abridged version running 45 minutes is available in an acting edition from Dramatic Publishing. Rights: Contact me for the full play (see the Q&A page) or Dramatic Publishing for the abridgment.

"If Seek were a radio show instead of a book, I would have pulled off the road, parked and sat there, transfixed, to the very end."  --Robert Krulwich, New York Times

High school and adults / Paperback (Simon & Schuster) / Acting Edition (Dramatic Publishing) / Audio (Listening Library)







MIND'S EYE
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A 16-year-old and her 88-year-old roommate escape winter, North Dakota, and their nursing home by taking a shared mental trip--guided by a 1910 edition of Baedeker's Italy. Each of them traveling for her own reasons, teenaged Courtney gradually wrests control of the trip, taking it toward an unexpected destination. One act, 90 minutes. 4 females, 1 male. Unit set. Contact me for rights (see Q&A page).

"A paean to the power of the imagination."  --KLIATT

High school / Hardcover and e-book (Holt) / Paperback (Holt, Dell)




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JOYFUL NOISE: Poems for Two Voices
Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1989

100 Best Books of the Century (SLJ)
Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)
Notable Children's Books (ALA)

From book lice to whirligig beetles, verbal duets for two speakers detailing the inner lives of insects. Illustrated by Eric Beddows.


All ages / Hardcover, paper, e-book (HarperCollins) / Audio (Blackstone, Harper Audio, Recorded Books)





I AM PHOENIX: Poems for Two Voices

The predecessor to Joyful Noise, celebrating the world of birds. Illustrated by Ken Nutt.

All ages / Paperback and e-book (HarperCollins) / Audio (Blackstone, Harper Audio, Recorded Books)





BIG TALK: Poems for Four Voices

At last--new poems for graduates of Joyful Noise. A collection of three longer poems for a quartet of family or friends: "The Quiet Evenings Here," "Seventh Grade Soap Opera," and "Ghosts' Grace." Toe-tapping, tongue-flapping fun. Illustrated by Beppe Giacobbe.

All ages / Hardcover (Candlewick)



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THE HALF-A-MOON INN
illustrated by Kathy Jacobi

Golden Kite Honor Book

A mute boy sets off in search of his mother, only to find himself a captive of the Half-a-Moon Inn and its dream-reading mistress. A spooky favorite for 4th grade readalouds.

8-12 / Paperback, e-book (HarperCollins) / Audio (Recorded Books)





FINZEL THE FARSIGHTED
illustrated by Marcia Sewall

An original tale in the tradition of Chelm--the Yiddish village of fools.

Out of print





PHOEBE DANGER, DETECTIVE
illustrated by Margot Apple

Phoebe Dangerfield and her sidekick Dash take on the case of a missing medicine bottle in this light mystery.

8-12 / Out of print







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DATELINE: TROY
Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
A Junior Library Guild Selection
VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)

The Trojan War is still being fought. Simply open a newspaper...From "Newborn Found in Dumpster" to "Gulf Traumas Come Home to Roost," Dateline: Troy juxtaposes a crisp retelling of the Iliad with newspaper clippings from our own era. Updated in 2006, the book now includes September 11, the Iraq War, and other recent events paralleling the Bronze Age epic, showing it being acted out by a new set of leaders and lovers, deceivers and fools. With clever collages composed by Gwen Frankfeldt and Glenn Morrow, the book demonstrates what every English and social studies teacher tries to impart: That history and literature never go out of date. Click here to see a sample spread or to download a teacher's guide to the book.

"The ultimate model for making history relevant."  --Kirkus (starred review)

12+ / Hardcover and paperback (Candlewick)






CANNIBAL IN THE MIRROR
Photographs by John Whalen

Totem animals, initiations, protections against evil spirits--in present-day America. Descriptions of primitive customs paired with photographs taken on Main Street, showing our updated editions of those same customs. A perfect spur to critical thinking in secondary schools.

12+ / Out of print





COPIER CREATIONS
illustrated by David Cain

Can't draw? Neither can the author, who's spent 20 years playing with copiers--the perfect artistic tool for the drawing-impaired. Learn how to make decals, silhouettes, flip books, films, and more.

10+ /Out of print





TOWNSEND'S WARBLER
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children (NCTA)
Notable Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS)

A tale of two journeys in 1834--the naturalist John Townsend's cross-country adventure, and the migration north of a flock of birds unknown to science--culminating in the journeys' intersection. Illustrated with paintings from the period, a joining of history, science, and art.

10+ / Out of print