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by Larson


 A brand new historical fiction series from the Newberry-Honor winning author of HATTIE BIG SKY, DUKE, and DASH

 Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist

 Reviewed in Kirkus and School Library Journal

 DASH was the winner of the 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2014


Audience: Ages 8 – 12

US: Book 1: Scholastic Press (January 26, 2016), Book 2: 2017

Materials available: Finished manuscript

Page count: 224



Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion, and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.

So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie -- plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot. Before she knows it, Audie winds up in the White House kitchens, where she's determined to stop the Commodore dead in his tracks. Can Audie save the day before it's too late?


“Larson’s entertaining narration shifts attention among multiple characters amid the unfolding mystery of what, exactly, the Commodore is planning. First in a series, Larson’s thriller deftly mixes humor, heart-pounding moments, and a strongly evoked historical setting—it’s truly a story with something for everyone.”—Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*

Newbery Honor author Larson’s (Hattie Big Sky, 2006) series starter is just the ticket for readers who crave adventure and mystery as much as 11-year-old Audacity Jones, an intrepid, well-read, positiveminded orphan.…Though the vocabulary may be challenging for younger readers, it is not insurmountable, and the story’s themes of trust, friendship, and good manners will resonate with many. Audacity’s charm and smarts make this historical adventure a winner.—Booklist *Starred Review*

“Readers will cheer Audacity’s ingenuity and bravery as they relish every moment of her adventures. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal

“Larson infuses her romp with plenty of humor, making Audacity, her cat, and friends into lively, likable characters. With characteristic deftness, she weaves her historical material seamlessly into the story; Audacity is a modern girl, but her modern time is 1910. She marvels at the new automobiles that are replacing horses as transportation. The story’s focus on Audacity’s remarkable cat, with some chapters told from the cat’s point of view, adds just another element of charm. Clever, funny, and sweet in equal measures.”—Kirkus


DASH (Scholastic, 2014)

“Inspired by real-life wartime events, the novel vividly communicates the emotional and physical ordeals endured by Japanese-Americans evacuated to relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor…Despite the hurdles Mitsi faces, hope, resourcefulness, and a new friend help this relatable heroine triumph.“ —Publishers Weekly *Starred


“…this book helps readers understand the hardship that Japanese American citizens endured while at the same time offers a story of one girl with relatable hopes and worries.”—Booklist

“Spot-on dialogue, careful cultural details and the inclusion of specific historical characters …make this an educational read as well as a heartwarming one…This emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking book will have readers pulling for Mitsi and Dash.”—Kirkus

“A companion novel to Larson’s DUKE, DASH is another diverting wartime dog story likely to appeal even to dog lovers who aren’t yet historical fiction fans.”—Horn Book

“Discover: Mitsi, sent to a Japanese internment camp without her beloved dog, gains perspective on the importance of family and friends.”—Shelf Awareness

DUKE (Scholastic 2013)

When 11-year-old Hobie’s father is taken prisoner during World War II, Hobie is willing to do whatever it takes to help his family and to help the country— including lending his German Shepherd Duke to a canine combat unit. DUKE is the story of great courage and strength, a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog that will leave readers touched and inspired.


“Life on the WWII home front is real and wrenching in this triumphant novel by Newbery Honor author Larson…this incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery transcends its era.”—Publisher’s Weekly *Starred Review*

“Larson weaves a wonderfully genuine attachment between boy and dog and thoughtfully examines Hobie's conflicted emotions as Duke gets partnered with a battlebound Marine; fearful, proud, and lonely, among other muddled feelings, the boy guiltily schemes to bring his pet home…a study of the home-front experience and a poignantly dogless tale for dog lovers.”—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR NUBS: The True Story of a Mutt, A Marine and a Miracle (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2008)

"[a]hugely inspirational true account.”—Booklist *Starred Review*

“… a welcome addition to collections serving that audience and especially useful for children of soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "—Kirkus

PRAISE FOR TWO BOBBIES: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival (Walker 2008)

“… [a] touching animal tale.”—School Library Journal

“[A] moving story about the importance of friendship and home.”—Booklist

PRAISE FOR HATTIE BIG SKY (Newbery Honor Winner 2007, Delacorte 2006)

"[An] engaging historical novel . . . [Larson] creates a richly textured novel full of memorable characters."—Booklist,*Starred Review*

"Larson . . . create[s] a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered."—School Library Journal, *Starred Review*


“Historical fiction with heart.”—Kirkus *Starred Review*

“This is reminiscent of Maude Hart Lovelace’s later Betsy books, whose heroine also wanted to write. And that’s high praise.”—Booklist

“Hattie…is the kind of character readers actually wonder about after closing the book, and her fans from her first title will be satisfied, and even perhaps relieved, to know she finds her footing in the world.”—BCCB


Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY, and the much anticipated follow-up, HATTIE EVER. Her talent for historical fiction is further evident in THE FENCES BETWEEN US (2010)—the chosen first book for Scholastic’s re-launch of its beloved DEAR AMERICA series. Kirby collaborates with her good friend, Mary Nethery, which has resulted in two nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, winner of the Bank Street Best Book of the Year and numerous other awards, and NUBS: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle, which spent 12 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.