Books by Kathryn Reiss Kathryn Reiss


Time Windows (1991)





When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Looking out through the dollhouse windows, she is shocked to realize that scenes from the lives of the big house's past inhabitants are being replayed there, and the house is exerting an evil power over the women who live there. Miranda must try to find the key to unlock the past--but in doing so she is drawn into the terrifying scenes herself!

Reviews
“Well wrought and entertaining.”--Kirkus Reviews

“Reiss puts a new twist on time travel in this suspenseful first novel ...intricately woven, deft. Entertaining and inventive.”--Publisher's Weekly

“With its involved (but not too complicated) plot, supernatural time travel aspects, and likable heroine, Time Windows is a notable first novel.”--VOYA

Awards
  • Selected by the American Library Association as a "Best Book for Young Adults"
  • Received YALSA's "Popular Paperback for Young Adults" award
  • Awarded the State of Maryland's "Blackeyed Susan Young Reader Medal"

Foreign Editions

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

The Glass House People (1992)



Beth’s mother, Hanny Lynn, hasn’t spoken to her parents or her sister, Iris, in twenty years. But she decides it’s time to set aside old grievances, so sixteen-year-old Beth and her brother, Tom, find themselves spending a sweltering summer with their mother and her family in a sleepy Pennsylvania town. More than just homesick, Beth is troubled by deep family tensions and Aunt Iris’s sudden drunken outbursts. As Beth begins to delve into family history, she discovers a chilling and inexplicable tragedy.

Reviews
“The book, like glass, is both mirror and window.”--San Francisco Chronicle

“The steamy summer heat, the atmosphere of tension in the house, and the family dynamics are well-portrayed.”--School Library Journal

“Beth and Tom are beautifully drawn characters whose vibrancy and honesty are one of the strengths of the novel.”--Booklist

Pale Phoenix (1993)





Miranda canít stand Abby, a homeless girl who has come to live with Mirandaía family. Yet she also feels sorry for the hostile girl, whom she hears crying every night. That pity and anger turn to shock when Miranda learns the girls horrible secret--linked to a tragedy three hundred years old. Fifteen year old Miranda, the extraordinary heroine from Kathryn Reissís first novel, Time Windows, returns for a new time travel adventure. This time, itís up to Miranda to end a lonely soulís eternal misery.

Reviews
“Once again Reiss proves herself a canny practitioner of the junior gothic, blending elements of romance and suspense with confident storytelling.”--The Bulletin

“A book with everything a reader wants . . . complex but very readable and discussible….Pale Phoenix has something for everyone.”--VOYA

“A thoughtful and enjoyable book.”--Booklist

Awards
  • Nominated for the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious "Edgar Allan Poe" award for Best YA Mystery

Foreign Editions

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

Dreadful Sorry (1994)





Ever since she can remember, seventeen-year-old Molly has been plagued by the same terrifying nightmare and an almost overwhelming fear of water. After almost drowning at a pool party, she flees to the safety of her fatherís house for the summer. But Mollyís problems only intensify as she stumbles onto a series of strange connections linking herself to a girl who lived in that Cliffside house nearly a century before. Then the eerie coincidences start to form a dangerous pattern, and Molly finds herself haunted by visions that feel more like memories--memories of a time before she was even born!

Reviews
“Suspenseful and difficult to put down.”--VOYA

“...wondrously effective...another fine spellbinder from the author of Time Windows.”--Kirkus Reviews

“...spooky and satisfying. . . fabulous . . .”--BCCB

“With it's skillful plot twists, the book will have readers anxious to solve the mystery.”--School Library Journal (starred review)

Awards
  • Named a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
  • Featured selection of the Junior Library Guild
  • Named "Pick of the Crop" in The School Library Journal starred review

Foreign Editions

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

The Ghost in the Dollhouse Trilogy (1997)





The novels in the GHOST IN THE DOLLHOUSE trilogy (Dollhouse of the Dead, The Headless Bride, and Rest in Peace) were published by Scholastic in 1997. Some years later I reworked, remodeled, revised and reinvented the stories--also adding a lot!--until it became Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story, published by Harcourt in 2004. You can still find copies of the trilogy online and in used bookshops...but the 2004 novel is the best version of Zibby's ghost story. Check it out!

PaperQuake: A Puzzle (1998)



Violet's paralyzing fear of earthquakes intensifies when there is a swarm of earthquakes while her family renovates an old building. An aftershock dislodges a letter addressed in 1906 to Baby V--and Violet is certain the disturbing letter is intended for her. As more mysterious writings from the past tumble into her hands with each quake, Violet and her sisters try to unravel the mystery behind these supernatural communiqués. But as the girls are drawn into the lives of people living nearly 100 years ago, ever more frequent earthquakes rattle their own lives, and they realize that their time may be running out . . .

Reviews
“This well-written page-turner has nicely developed characters, and readers will warm to Violet as she struggles with her fears and insecurities. Recommended.”--Burlington Public Library

“As Reiss weaves in well-timed twists and eerie coincidences that set the plot thrumming with tension, she also captures with compelling insight the changes adolescence bringsto the complex relationships among Violet, her sisters, and her parents. Reiss juggles multiple themes and plotlines with masterful control in this absorbing page-turner.”--Kirkus Reviews

“One of Kathryn Reiss' main abilities is to combine a fascinating mystery with the issues of personality and relationships and she does so with sensitivity and insight, and with no trace of condescension. . . . Her handling of the mystery elements makes her novels intensely readable.”--SF Site Review

Awards
  • Nominated for MWA’s “Edgar Allan Poe” award for Best YA Mystery
  • Named one of YALSA's 'Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults'

Foreign Editions

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

Riddle of the Prairie Bride (2001)

Itís 1878. All Winter, Ida Kate and her papa have exchanged letters with Caroline Fairchild, a widow from back east who answered Papaís ad for a bride. When Caroline accepts Papaís proposal of marriage and arrives at their Kansas homestead, everything seems perfect--Ida Kate will have a mother again, Papa will have a wife, Caroline and her baby will have a family. So what is Ida Kate to do when she begins to sense that something is very wrong--and that her life and Papaís may be in danger? Check out this clip from Recorded Books: Riddle of the Prairie Bride

Reviews
“(This) suspenseful new story will leave you on the edge of your seat!”--Pleasant Company Publications

“Reiss has crafted a mystery that is thoroughly engrossing . . . Very appealing.”--Contra Costa Sunday Times

Awards

Paint by Magic (2002)



Something is terribly wrong with Connor's mom--she keeps slipping into bizarre trances. Connor suspects that the key to his mom's strange behavior is an old art book filled with paintings of a woman who looks exactly like her. But the artist who created those paintings died before his mom was even born. Connor gets his chance to break the evil link between the past and the present when he is mysteriously whisked back in time to the 1920s. But can he save his mom--and himself--before it's too late?

Reviews
“Reiss's eerie time travel mystery will snag readers on the first page and hold them until the last.”--Booklist

“ ...tightly plotted...deftly presents a large cast of memorable characters.”--The Horn Book Guide

“A palette with daubs of time travel, artists, magic, evil, and possession paints an intriguing mystery.”--Kirkus Reviews

Awards
  • Won a place on VOYA's 'Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers'
  • An International School Librarians Association honor book

Foreign Editions

Language: Bahasa Indonesian
Published by Kaifa, Mizan Publishing, Jakarta.

The Strange Case of Baby H (2002)

It’s 1906. Hours after the great San Francisco earthquake hits, Clara finds a baby abandoned on her doorstep--apparently orphaned in the quake. Clara’s family welcomes the baby, hoping he can fill the void left by the death of Clara’s brother two years before. But Clara soon suspects the baby is not what he seems--and that he is in danger. Pursuing her suspicions through the devastated city, Clara endangers her own life as she encounters both tragedy and unexpected blessings.

Reviews
“(A) real page-turner, with heroines young women can easily identify with.”--Bangor Maine NEWS

Awards
  • Available from Recorded Books.

Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge: A Ghost Story (2004)



Zibby Thorne knows there’s something wrong with the dollhouse she bought for her twelfth birthday. She hears strange rustling noises coming from inside, and the dolls seem to move around by themselves. Even scarier, the games played in the dollhouse are coming true in real life--only in warped, twisted kinds of ways. So when people start having bizarre accidents, Zibby is certain thedollhouse is responsible. She’s just not sure how. As she searches for answers, she discovers what she has feared all along--the dollhouse is haunted! Now it’s up to Zibby and her friends to find a way to stop the troubled ghosts, especially the cruel Miss Honeywell. Because if they don’t, one of them may have to pay for the mistakes of the past and the present . . . with her life.

Reviews
“Reiss's deliciously creepy tale is a solid addition to the haunted dollhouse genre... delivers a good dose of shivery entertainment.”--Kirkus Reviews

“The book scores, keeping tension high and offering several ingenious twists on the road to the conclusion.”--Booklist

“A wondrously spooky ghost story that will definitely please girls of all ages”--SF Site Review.

Blackthorn Winter: A Murder Mystery (2006)



The last place fifteen-year-old Juliana wants to be is halfway around the world in Blackthorn, England, an idyllic seaside artists' colony her mother has dragged her off to while her parents weather a trial separation. Juliana misses her father terribly and doesn't understand why her mother needs to travel so far to resurrect her artistic self, which she claims to have lost in the marriage. Soon after they arrive in the tiny village of Blackthorn, the artists' colony is set on its heels by the murder of one of its own. Juliana feels compelled to solve the crime, but she is shocked and frightened when it seems that clues in the matter are hitting a little too close to home. Can she figure out who the murderer is before anyone else--herself included--gets hurt?

Reviews
“...a wonderfully visceral setting and intriguing cast of characters.”--Washington DC Public Library

“BLACKTHORN WINTER is an exciting combination of a novel about coming-of-age angst and a mystery. Kathryn Reiss does a good job of devoting equal time to each aspect, and of integrating the two themes into a great read. With believable characters, a fascinating setting and a compulsively readable mystery, BLACKTHORN WINTER is a wonderful addition to anyone's library.”--teenreads.com

Awards
  • Named a “New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.”

The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery (2009)

Julie really likes the new girl in her class, Carla Warner. Still, there is something odd about her. The things Carla says don't quite add up, and she avoids answering questions about her family. At first Julie is sure there's a sensible explanation, but soon she starts to wonder what's really going on. A disturbing discovery leads her to realize that her new friend may be in real danger!

Reviews
“WOW....WOW......WOW!!!! What a story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have collected and read several of the AG mysteries...this one is at the TOP. I was utterly amazed at the absolute historical/yet fictional, accuracy in this story... I could NOT put it down!”--Historybuff

“My daughter liked it... She couldn't put it down!”--Jete' Amazonfan

“My daughter and I read it together at night and ended up staying up until 11 o'clock to finish the mystery! It was really good!!”--Charlotte

“My Daughter loves this book and said she couldn't stop reading it. Before i gave it to her i read it also, and my opinion is the same! Julie is a super sleuth in this mystery.”--AG Champ

“I read (The Tangled Web) in the car on a trip, and it interested me so much that I didn't get carsick!”--emmalovesag

Puzzle of the Paper Daughter: A Julie Mystery (2010)

When Julie discovers a mysterious note written in Chinese, she brings it to her friend Ivy to translate. The note promises great treasure, but it doesn't quite make senseóand Julie suspects it might be written in a secret code. Soon after, the girls' beloved dolls are stolen, and Julie can't help feeling there's a connection between the stolen dolls and the mysterious note. Will Julie and Ivy find the treasure? And will they ever get their dolls back?

Reviews
“Best mystery ever! ...By far, the best of the AG mysteries! It contains so many historical facts about Chinese immigration of the early 1900's that I learned many new things. The mystery... is well written and intriguing. It keeps you turning the page to see what Julie & Ivy are going to discover next. Grade A”--agrescue

“I've read every AG mystery and this is a favorite. The story was very engaging”--Sunnybunny

“My daughter loved figuring out the mystery and I loved that she was learning about history and Chinese culture! I would definitly recommand this book!”--aluvsag

A Bundle Of Trouble: A Rebecca Mystery (2011)

Rebecca is put in charge of the new neighbors' babyóand a kidnapper is on the loose in New York City! So when strangers shows up asking a few too many questions about the baby, Rebecca starts to worry. Could the child be in danger? After a terrible mistake, it is up to Rebecca to make things right.

Reviews
“This is by far my favorite American Girl mystery! (And I've read almost all of them) It has plenty of excitement and suspense. You're not going to want to set this one down! The best mystery and Rebecca book yet--a must read!!!”--Imaginationworld

“The American Girl series, particularly the historical books, never dissapoint me and this one is no exception. I am an adult reader who enjoys historical fiction and ... I really enjoy the AG historical mysteries because they contain so much educational material and historical facts. This book has an entertaining plot and likeable characters.”--Chococat (Amazon)

The Silver Guitar: A Julie Mystery (2011)

When an oil spill threatens the sea birds of San Francisco, Julie is eager to lend a hand by helping with an auction to raise money for the clean-up efforts. But then her friend T.J. finds himself in terrible trouble . . . and Julie just can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something from her. Can Julie follow the clues before it's too late to help her friend?

Reviews
“This is a great book! Five stars! I couldn't stop reading it! I skipped dinner to read it!”--"A Kid's Review" (Amazon)

Intruders at Rivermead Manor (2014)

To help her family make ends meet, Kit takes a job helping an elderly lady at a rundown mansion called Rivermead Manor. When she discovers a hidden room in the old house, she is sure its secrets will make a great newspaper article. But then Jessamine, Kitís long-lost friend, appears and seems to be in trouble, yet she wonít confide in Kit. Determined to help, Kit follows clues, but these mysteries may lead to a story thatís bigger than she could have imagined!

Reviews
“This is my favorite of the new historical mysteries. Interesting themes . . . with a surprise twist!”--Noel's Mom, American Girl Website


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