Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. She has 22 children’s books to her credit, counting one due out fall 2017 and two more in 2018. Recent subjects include books about military working dogs, the U.S. nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands, suicide, and addiction and overdose. Most are published by Lerner Publishing’s nonfiction imprints. She has had over 200 articles published in various genres.

She is a big fan of young adult and middle-grade novels and reads several each month. Over the past 15 years, she has reviewed more than 900 children’s books for a regional parenting publication and more than three dozen for NJYB. She has had articles published in the children’s magazines Cricket and Highlights, among others, and has written for the SCBWI Bulletin, Children's Writer, and Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market.

Ms. Goldsmith is member of the Authors Guild and an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Book Reviews by Connie Goldsmith

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What’s life like inside a fashionable apartment building in New York City?

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“The language is dark and lush, compelling the reader to finish just one more chapter . . . [Taylor] crafts intriguing, fully realized characters . . .”

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“Well written and populated by engaging characters, this story will hold you until the very last page.”

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Imagine the largest structure in the world—a residential tower stretching two and a half miles into the sky, a high-tech luxurious tower that straddles more than one hundred square blocks of New Yo

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Fans of bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices will not be disappointed by this first book in a new series. Lady Midnight: The Dark Artif

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Centuries ago, when Earth colonized the moon, no one could have predicted the Lunar population would evolve as it did.

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Earth is dying, nearly devoid of oxygen and water. Forests are gone, oceans a half-forgotten myth.

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"DeStefano’s page-turner of a book with its cliffhanger ending deserves its multiple starred reviews."

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“Readers will race through this story.

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“Set in the shadowy atmosphere of bayou country, where alligators prowl and cypress trees squat knee-deep in swamp water, Kimberley Griffiths Little’s exciting book gives us a spunky heroin

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“Cremer delivers it all: intrigue, romance, dangerous adventures, imaginative machines, and perilous secrets. What more could anyone ask for? This is a delightful read.”

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Author Holly Black calls her Curse Workers series “mobster fantasy,” an unusual description for a most engaging trilogy. 

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“What do you do when the people you trust betray you? How do you keep on fighting when everything seems hopeless?”

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“. . . a cautionary tale about the current state of our fragile world . . . It provides a chilling prediction of one possible outcome.”

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Twelve-year old Elliott’s life is chugging along as usual until the morning he receives an invitation to tour his Uncle Archie’s department at DENKi-3000, the world’s 8th largest technology factory

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“Ms. Stiefvater is at the top of her craft in The Dream Thieves.”

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“Ms. Durst weaves such a convincing spell that we might as well be trapped . . . or lost in Eve’s gray swirl of forgetfulness with her.”

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“Mr. MacHale is a master of intrigue, pacing, and adventure.”

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“Rick Yancey has written a very different book from the usual alien invasion story. . . . explor[ing] the very nature of humanity . . . creepy good.”

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“The joy is in the reading. . . . What else could a child ask for in a story?”

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“It’s like Alice in Wonderland meets Jason Bourne in Fallujah.”

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“Libba Bray has created a mesmerizing concoction of the paranormal mixed with horror, well seasoned with captivating period detail.”

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“What more can a reader ask? . . . dazzling . . . a brilliant story well told.”

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“Mr. Oppel is an expert storyteller and an outstanding world builder.”

When writing about the supernatural, authors need to follow the rules.

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“Ms. Black has created a deliciously dark and edgy world quite unlike anything else in today’s teen literature.

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“Tony DiTerlizzi has created a cast of fascinating characters engaged in epic adventures. How often must a 12-year-old child struggle against evil to save her world?

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“In The Polar Bear Scientists, author Peter Lourie makes a fascinating and compelling case for the importance of studying polar bears.

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“The story careens along from the very beginning to the last page.

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“Mary Losure has done a fine job of researching and writing this true story for young readers.

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“Fever is an engaging heroine, intelligent yet oddly naïve in the ways of life. Mr. Reeve is a talented world-maker and first-class storyteller.

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“People who read this fascinating and eye-opening book will never think about concussions and head injuries in the same old way.”

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“Belle’s Song is an excellent introduction to Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales. . . .

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“Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is jam-packed with action from the first to the last page.

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“Mr. Hirsch delivers an intense and thought-provoking glimpse of one possible dystopian future.

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“The Jewel and the Key is an entertaining trip through time, and a refreshing change from the numerous bleak dystopian novels being published at present.”

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“The Elephant Scientist, with its clear writing, concise explanation of complex concepts, and exceptional photography, is a first-rate addition to the series.”

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“With this dazzling debut novel, the author proves herself a highly talented wordsmith. She creates surprising and unique metaphors, and uses vivid word combinations . . .

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“Mr. Oppel writes a book that is both fascinating and unique as he creates Victor Frankenstein’s early life in a way never before told.”

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Ruby Red, initially published in Germany in 2009, has finally reached the U.S. shores where American teens have eagerly anticipated its arrival.

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While this engaging middle-grade novel is set in contemporary suburban Los Angeles, it takes readers back to the days when kids actually played outdoors in their neighborhoods from morning to dusk,

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Pam Turner is a highly lauded juvenile nonfiction writer, often garnering starred reviews for her work.