Frances O'Roark Dowell

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New in 2022: Hazard

Hazard A Novel

What Reviewers Are Saying

Learn more about the works of Frances O’Roark Dowell using the flip cards below.

Dowell spreads her wings and soars.

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Falling In

...buoyant prose and an uplifting message...


Birds in the Air

Another quietly perceptive tour de force.

—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away

What’s wonderful is how Dowell, the author of several beloved books for tweens and teenagers including the Edgar-winning ‘Dovey Coe,’ gracefully draws the many concentric circles of Abby’s life.

—The New York Times Book Review

The Second Life of Abigail Walker

This thoughtful and satisfying story is more a novel of family and growth than of war. Readers will find beauty in its resolution, and will leave this eloquent heroine reluctantly. This is Dowell’s most cohesive and engaging novel yet.

—School Library Journal (starred review)

Shooting the Moon

...a young and unforgettable independent thinker, who uses honesty and common sense as her weapons against injustice.

—Publishers Weekly

Dovey Coe

Dowell has given us a true hero in the character of Callie, a girl just realizing what segregation means in her life.


Trouble the Water

One of the most charmingly engaging new characters in the modern chapter-book scene.

—Kirkus Reviews

Phinease L. McGuire…Erupts

...Emerging readers will find much to appreciate...

—The Horn Book

Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan

...a refreshingly well-written encounter with richly developed and well-defined characters whom readers won’t soon forget.

—School Library Journal (starred review)

Chicken Boy

...examines the clash between city and country life and what true wealth really means...

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Anybody Shining

...funny, wise, and artfully realistic...

—National Public Radio

Ten Miles Past Normal