New Release Books by Johanna Hurwitz

Johanna Hurwitz is the author of Double Or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins (2017), What Goes Up Must Come Down (2014), Dear Emma (2014), The Rabbi's Girls (2014) and other 182 books.

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Double Or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Double Or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins
Cherishing everything about being identical twins, Arlene and Ilene are astonished when they discover that they don't share everything in like manner, from ice cream preferences to favorite nail polish colors.

What Goes Up Must Come Down

release date: Jun 30, 2014
What Goes Up Must Come Down
Margot is expecting a boring, shut-in summer. Instead, her new friend Bernie shows her one wonderful face of New York City after another while they plot out Margot's ambitious summer project --- to entice her mother out of their apartment for the first time in nine years.

Dear Emma

release date: Jun 30, 2014
Dear Emma
After spending a Fresh Air Fund vacation discovering a new world on a Vermont farm, Dossi thought that returning home to the bustling New York of 1910 would be simple. Little did she know that, even in. a familiar place, there are new things to experience.

The Rabbi's Girls

release date: Jun 30, 2014
The Rabbi's Girls
Moving to a new town, the birth of a sister, and the death of her rabbi father make 1923 a bittersweet year for eleven-year-old Carrie Levin. Based on the real-life story of author Johanna Hurwitz's mother.

Faraway Summer

release date: Jun 30, 2014
Faraway Summer
Two weeks seems like forever to Dossi Rabinowitz, a poor Jewish orphan from New York City who is sent by the Fresh Air Fund to a small Vermont town during the summer of 1910. With her journal as her closest companion, Dossi reflects on her struggle to understand her Christian host family and their rural community

The Unsigned Valentine

release date: Jun 30, 2014
The Unsigned Valentine
At fifteen, Emma Meade is old enough for just about anything. Old enough to leave school, old enough to help around the farm, and old enough to notice when handsome Cole Berry takes an interest in her.

School's Out

release date: Apr 30, 2014
School's Out
Excited about the prospects of playing practical jokes on the non-English-speaking French girl who will be spending the summer in his house, Lucas gathers his friends together for the fun.

Spring Break

release date: Apr 30, 2014
Spring Break
When Cricket Kaufman breaks her ankle just before her spring-break vacation trip to Washington, D.C., she's stuck at home with prankster Lucas Cott instead of sightseeing with her best friend, Zoe. But when Cricket stirs up some mischief of her own, she learns that good friends can remain true even at the most unexpected times. Another winning installment in the 'Class Clown' series.

Teacher's Pet

release date: Apr 30, 2014
Teacher's Pet
Cricket is looking forward to fourth grade. She is sure she will be the teacher's pet again. But Cricket is no longer the smartest student in class--not since Zoe Mitchell moved to town. Zoe wants to be friends, but can Cricket make friends with the competition?

A Llama in the Family

release date: Apr 30, 2014
A Llama in the Family
When Adam's mother promises a surprise, he is sure it will be the mountain bike he's been pining for. The arrival of a llama-with the news that Mrs. Fine will start a trekking business from their Vermont home-comes as a bit of a blow.

PeeWee's Tale

release date: Apr 08, 2014
PeeWee's Tale
A guinea pig in Central Park? PeeWee, once a boy's dear pet, has been secretly released into the wilds of Central Park. But instead of relishing his freedom, PeeWee is at first a stranger in a strange land—until he meets Lexi, a city-wise squirrel who gives his new stubby-tailed friend some tips as well as some confidence. A series of eye-opening adventures—from the search for PeeWee's former owner to his discovery of the power of reading—turns a timid rodent into an endearing hero that will leave Hurwitz fans cheering for more.

Lexi's Tale

release date: Apr 08, 2014
Lexi's Tale
Lexi the squirrel doesn't trust humans. After all, it was a human who abandoned PeeWee the guinea pig in Central Park. So Lexi is outraged when a strange-looking man swipes the apple that the friends were about to eat. But when the stranger rescues PeeWee from the jaws of a dog, Lexi has a change of heart. Can two rodents make a difference in the life of a man living hungry and friendless in Central Park? Welcome back the street-smart squirrel and the well-read guinea pig in this stand-alone companion to PeeWee's Tale, which Publishers Weekly called "humorous and insightful."

PeeWee & Plush

release date: Apr 08, 2014
PeeWee & Plush
Here is an all-new Park Pals adventure from the author of PeeWee's Tale and Lexi's Tale. When Plush, a female guinea pig, ends up in Central Park, PeeWee thinks he'll have a family soon. But at first, Plush would rather listen to classical music than explore the wild outdoors with him. Then PeeWee finds out that winter will be coming—something neither of them have ever faced. And for once, PeeWee's best friend, Lexi, who always has something smart to say, doesn't have much advice. Will PeeWee and Plush overcome their differences in time to prepare for the bitter cold? Full of surprises, and featuring an adorable cast of guinea pig babies, this action-packed tale about building friendship and conquering fear is sure to find a special place in readers' hearts.

School Spirit

release date: Feb 01, 2014
School Spirit
Fearing that Edison-Armstrong School will close and force him into a school away from his closest friends, Julio rallies Lucas, Cricket, and Zoe into a campaign to save the school that tests his school spirit.

Hurray for Ali Baba Bernstein

release date: Feb 01, 2014
Hurray for Ali Baba Bernstein
Ali Baba is back as a fourth grader, still having adventures that only he could have. Who but Ali Baba could find the "real" Santa Claus? Or who could make such an incredible mess simply by staying at home alone for the first time?

Starting School

release date: Feb 01, 2014
Starting School
Kindergarten-age twins, Marius and Marcus Cott, may look alike, but they are very different and so are their teachers. When the boys trade places so they can figure out once and for all who has the better teacher, something happens that surprises them both!

Amazing Monty

release date: Sep 10, 2013
Amazing Monty
“Hurwitz writes in a tender, positive manner.” — School Library Journal A new sibling is just one of the surprises — some good, some not so much — awaiting Monty in another story for early chapter book readers. In this gently humorous adventure, Monty faces the unpredictable, everyday turns of a first-grader’s life with his usual lovable charm.

Mostly Monty

release date: Aug 06, 2013
Mostly Monty
A shy boy with asthma starts first grade — and comes into his own — in this appealing story for early chapter book readers. Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that he’s starting first grade, he’s very nervous about being with all those kids he won’t know. Luckily, he loves to read — even really hard books — and has a talent for finding things, from a cocooning caterpillar to classmates who want to be in his very own club. With familiar situations and gentle humor, Johanna Hurwitz follows an endearing character as he discovers that being himself can be pretty great after all.

Mighty Monty

release date: Aug 06, 2013
Mighty Monty
Monty is mighty enough to take karate in a funny, true-to-life sequel with surefire appeal for early chapter-book readers. (Ages 5-7) Monty Gerald Morris may be small and shy, but he's a mighty smart kid and an A+ reader. In an endearing follow-up to Mostly Monty, the quiet first-grader continues to come into his own -- playing the part of a tree in a comically miscued school play, sharing his enthusiasm for ants at an outdoor birthday party, even signing up for karate class despite his asthma. Once again, Johanna Hurwitz finds gentle humor in everyday situations and offers a charming portrayal of a likable character many young readers will relate to.

Squirrel World

release date: Nov 30, 2012
Squirrel World
Award-winning author Johanna Hurwitz is back with a new addition to the charming Park Pals Adventures series. Squirrels Lexington (Lexi) and Lenox decide to visit the New York City streets they were named after. Lexi is worried about leaving Central Park, but Lenox is confident that their streets will be beautiful places, maybe even better than the park! When the two squirrels venture into the city, they soon realize that the human world is stranger and more dangerous than they'd ever imagined. This exciting Park Pals tale brings back the fun, adventure, and favorite furry characters that this award-winning series is known for.

Russell Sprouts

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Russell Sprouts
Now that he's six, Russell has some very important questions 1. If he has to wear hand-me-downs, shoulden't bigger kids wear hand-me-ups? 2. If he can't say bad words, can he make up his own words when he's angry? 3. If he has to get a report card, isn't it about time his parents got one, too?

The Hot & Cold Summer

release date: Oct 01, 2012
The Hot & Cold Summer
Rory and Derek were best friends but with Bolivia visiting next door would their friendship last?.

Superduper Teddy

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Superduper Teddy
More than anything, Teddy wants to do something that his older sister, Nora, has never done. So when neighbor Anita hires Teddy to feed her cat while she's away, Teddy takes on the task. With his Superman cape, Teddy feels confident he can do a good job. And when the family needs a superduper pet, it's Teddy to the rescue!

New Neighbors for Nora

release date: Oct 01, 2012
New Neighbors for Nora
Nora loves making new friends--but there aren't many kids to play with in her New York apartment building. Apart from her little brother, Teddy, there's only four-year-old Russell. The three of them have lots of fun--but what would happen if there were more kids around? More fun, that's what!

Russell's Secret

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Russell's Secret
"Have you ever heard the words "Sure, you can stay at home and be a baby today"" On a school day? Russell has. And, boy, is he in for a surprise!"

The Cold & Hot Winter

release date: Oct 01, 2012
The Cold & Hot Winter
Missing objects cause Derek, Rory, and Bolivia to accuse each other of lying and stealing. It isn't until the three friends become snowed-in that they come to understand what trust and friendship are all about.

Nora and Mrs. Mind-Your-Own Business

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Nora and Mrs. Mind-Your-Own Business
Nora has made friends with all the people in her building--almost. Cranky Mrs. Ellsworth, whom Nora has nicknamed Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business, just won't be friendly. Then one day Mommy needs a baby-sitter for Nora and Teddy. No one can take the job...except Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business! Teddy is scared, but Nora is curious. Will Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business become their friend at last?

Russell & Elisa

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Russell & Elisa
Seven-year-old Russell and his three-year-old sister Elisa have adventures with friends and family in their New York City apartment building. Another entry in the popular Riverside Kids series.

Summer with Elisa

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Summer with Elisa
Now that she's done with first grade, Elisa has lots of time to prove she can do anything her older brother, Russell, can do. With the family's big vacation coming up, Elisa finds plenty of ways to show Russell that just because he's older, doesn't mean he's better. But topping Russell is one thing. What will happen when it's up to Elisa to save the day for the whole family?

Rip-Roaring Russell

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Rip-Roaring Russell
Russell's enjoying his first year in school. The trouble is his baby sister, Elisa. She's only a few months old, and she's a pest! But sometimes, as Russell is about to discover, it's not so bad to have a little sister. Because that also means he's something special: a big brother!

E is for Elisa

release date: Oct 01, 2012
E is for Elisa
"Crybaby, Crybaby!" That's what Russell calls Elisa whenever she gets upset, and she hates it. Elisa does get frustrated sometimes, like when she can't wear her favorite red shirt to school. But that doesn't mean she can't do other things -- like trade her mittens for a tooth so that the tooth fairy will come sooner, or have a beach party in the middle of winter -- whenever and however she wants!"

Ever-Clever Elisa

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Ever-Clever Elisa
Finally...first grade! Elisa is finally in a grade with a number -- just like her big brother, Russell. Elisa is old enough to take piano lessons, lose a tooth, or make a special Mother's Day breakfast. Sometimes Russell treats her like a baby, but Elisa is making big plans! Elisa is finally in a grade with a number -- just like her big brother, Russell. Elisa is old enough to take piano lessons, lose a tooth, and make a special Mother's Day breakfast. Sometimes Russell treats her like a baby, but Elisa has big plans!

The Down & Up Fall

release date: Oct 01, 2012
The Down & Up Fall
Bolivia, Rory, and Derek are back together again! When Bolivia's parents head off to Turkey on an archaeological dig, Bolivia goes to stay with her aunt and uncle-in the same town where her two friends live. Whether they're taking care of a litter of abandoned kittens, coping with poison ivy, or getting drenched in a simulated classroom rain forest, there's always adventure afoot. But when Bolivia befriends a girl named DeDe and a boy named Aldo, watch out! Rory's possessiveness may ruin everything, unless Bolivia can show him that it's possible to make new friends and keep the old.

Elisa Michaels, Bigger and Better

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Elisa Michaels, Bigger and Better
Now that Elisa's in second grade, she's taking charge of whatever comes her way — from a baby-sitter who doesn't know how to change a diaper to an airplane trip without her parents. Of course, it's not easy taking charge when your big brother thinks you're too little and your little brother runs amok! But Elisa is determined to make everything work out in the end. And what better way to celebrate being seven and a half than a day of eating nothing but chocolate. Chocolate cookies, chocolate milk, chocolate bars . . . chocolate and more chocolate, from morning to night. With these delicious new episodes from the whirlwind life of Elisa Michaels, Johanna Hurwitz entertains us once again with a vivid portrayal of family life as seen from four feet tall.

The Up & Down Spring

release date: Oct 01, 2012
The Up & Down Spring
When Rory and Derek go to their best friend Bolivia's house for spring break, everyone gets sick, and the vacation does not turn out quite as they had planned it. Reprint.

Magical Monty

release date: Jun 12, 2012
Magical Monty
Monty tries to master a magic kit — and finds some real-life situations tricky — in this spot-on story about an endearing, utterly relatable first-grader. First grade is almost over, and Monty will soon be seven. He’s now a big brother, too, which makes him feel very grown-up. But when he tries to use the magic set his grandmother gave him, he has a little trouble. Maybe the card trick would work if he were eight years old? Mother’s Day is coming, and Monty wishes he had something better to give his mom than the picture frame he made out of ice-cream sticks at school. But how is he supposed to guess from the TV call-in ad how much flowers cost, or that you need a special card to get them? Whether involving his baby sister in his library project, losing a sneaker while marching with his karate class in the parade, or learning that an exciting afternoon isn’t always a good thing, Monty’s familiar adventures embody the gentle humor of everyday life.
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