Utah Authors for Children and Young Adults

The following books were written by authors who live in or have spent significant parts of their lives in Utah. Most of the authors have written several books, so if you enjoy one, try the others!

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After the Dancing Days
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rostkowski, Margaret I.
Call Number:
YP F Rostkowski
Description:

At the hospital where her father works, Annie befriends a badly burned veteran.

Albert's Impossible Toothache
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Barbara; Cushman, Doug (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Williams
Description:

Can a turtle have a toothache? Albert does, and his grandma knows just how to take care of it.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sanderson, Brandon
Call Number:
JF Sanderson
Description:

13-year-old Alcatraz must save the world from the Evil Librarians.

Bear Dancer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wyss, Thelma Hatch
Call Number:
JF Wyss
Description:

The story of historical figure Elk Girl, a member of the Ute tribe, and sister to Chief Ouray.

Between Cattails
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Call Number:
J574.84099 W7273be
Description:

"The marsh is an edge where water and land meet between cattails..." and a place where many animals live.

Big Bad Ironclad!: A Civil War Steamship Showdown
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hale, Nathan
Call Number:
GN J973.75 H1633b 2012
Description:

Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale (no relation) describes the Civil War battle of 1861 between two ironclad ships.

Can You Count Ten Toes?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Evans, Lezlie; Roche, Denis (Author, Illustrator); Evans, Leslie
Call Number:
J513.211 E9245c
Description:

Count from 'ichi' to 'desyat' in 'shi' different languages.

The Candy Shop War
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mull, Brandon
Call Number:
JF Mull
Description:

Four children are thrilled to try out new candy that gives them superpowers.

Charlotte's Rose
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cannon, A. E.
Call Number:
JF Cannon
Description:

Twelve-year-old Charlotte, a Welsh immigrant, carries a motherless baby along the Mormon Trail in 1856.

Children of Topaz
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tunnell, Michael O.; Chilcoat, George W.
Call Number:
J940.5317 T9265c
Description:

A moving book based on a diary kept by a third-grade class interned at a Japanese-American camp during WWII.

Christmas in Heaven
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Carol Lynch
Call Number:
JF Williams
Description:

Honey learns about life outside her sheltered existence when a movie star and her two daughters come to town.

Cliff Hanger
Artist/Author/Cast:
Skurzynski, Gloria; Ferguson, Alane
Call Number:
JF Skurzynski
Description:

Missing artifacts, a cougar on the prowl, and a terrifying cliff-side fall all add up to mystery and adventure.

Cool Daddy Rat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Crow, Kristyn; Lester, Mike (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Crow
Description:

When Daddy Rat heads off to work, his little boy comes along in this jazzy adventure.

Dragon Slippers
Artist/Author/Cast:
George, Jessica Day
Call Number:
YP F George
Description:

After being captured by a dragon, Creel intends to ask for some gold, but gets something very different instead.

Elliot and the Goblin War
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nielsen, Jennifer A.; Kendall, Gideon (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Nielsen
Description:

Elliot becomes champion of the brownies on Halloween night, when he fights off a group of attacking goblins.

Fanny's Dream
Artist/Author/Cast:
Buehner, Caralyn; Buehner, Mark (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Buehner
Description:

Hard-working Fanny hopes her fairy godmother will make her dreams come true.

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody
Artist/Author/Cast:
Walton, Rick; Hale, Nathan (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Walton
Description:

Little Frankenstein loses his head, alarming Miss Devel and her class of monsters in the middle of the night. 

The Girl and the Bicycle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pett, Mark (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Pett
Description:

A little girl longs to own the green bicycle she sees in a shop window.

The Great Brain
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fitzgerald, John D.; Mayer, Mercer (Illustrator); Fitzgerald, John
Call Number:
JF Fitzgerald
Description:

The adventures of three brothers growing up in a small Utah town in the late 1800's.

I Loved You Before You Were Born
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bowen, Anne M.; Shed, Greg (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bowen
Description:

A grandmother tells all the things she thought about before her grandchild was born.

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