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Patricia MacLachlan


Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan

Books by Patricia MacLachlan

by Patricia MacLachlan - Animals , Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction

Declan O’Brien always had a gentle word to share, odd phrases he liked to repeat and songs to sing while he played basketball. But a terrible accident one day changes their lives forever, and Fiona and Finn O’Brien are left without a father. At the suggestion of their friend Luke, Fiona and Finn volunteer at an animal rescue shelter where they meet two sweet dogs who are in need of comfort, too. Perhaps with time, patience and their father’s gentle words in their hearts, hope will spark once more.

by Patricia MacLachlan - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Performing Arts
Sylvie Bloom wants to find something new and exciting this summer --- at least more exciting than the cows, goats, and chickens on her family’s farm that she’s become accustomed to. Luckily, Sylvie’s teacher Mrs. Ludolf has the perfect idea. Sylvie can take over her husband Sheriff Ludolf’s column in the newspaper for the summer, reporting on all the important events that happen in their small Wyoming town. Sylvie is thrilled to have a new challenge, but she’s not sure she’ll actually see anything amazing. At least nothing like the things her mother saw when she traveled the world as a famous opera singer.
by Patricia MacLachlan - Animals , Children's 6-10, Education, Poetry

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home --- and they understand him. .

Written by Patricia MacLachlan with illustrations by Tomie dePaola - Children's 4-8, Picture

Nighttime is approaching as each animal readies itself for bed in this lyrical picture book text by Patricia MacLachlan. In striking paintings with a calming palette, Tomie dePaola imagines the scene through the eyes of mime Pierrot and his child.

written by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper - Children's, Picture
If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.
by Patricia MacLachlan - Children's, Fiction
Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice just won’t come out. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition --- even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.
written by Patricia MacLachlan with illustrations by Steven Kellogg - Children's
In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow.
by Patricia MacLachlan - Children's, Fatherhood, Fiction

A touching tribute to baby's early milestones --- those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's --- and parent's --- momentous "firsts." 

by Patricia MacLachlan - Youth Fiction

THE TRUTH OF ME tells the story of Robbie, who loves spending time with his grandmother Maddy. Robbie loves the stories Maddy tells, and also how wild animals trust her enough to come right up to her. But Robbie has always felt as if something is missing in his life---his parents don’t always act like they love him. Maddy helps him understand the heart of the problem in his family. With this knowledge, Robbie finds the courage to try to make things right.

by Patricia MacLachlan - Children's, Fiction

Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always a new dog to be saved and loved.  Zoe’s house is never silent. But the house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip has stopped speaking. Zoe knows that saving dogs and saving boys are different jobs, but she learns that some parts are the same.

by Patricia MacLachlan - Children's, Fiction

Jake’s grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is 88 years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But there’s one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing?