New Release Books by Ronald Kidd

Ronald Kidd is the author of Monkey Town, Lord of the Mountain (2018), Room of Shadows (2017), Dreambender (2016), Night on Fire (2015) and other 113 books.

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Monkey Town

Monkey Town
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Lord of the Mountain

release date: Sep 01, 2018
Lord of the Mountain
Nate's family has a secret, and it's wrapped up in a song. The problem is, his preacher father hates music, and when he catches Nate hanging around downtown Bristol with musicians like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, he comes down hard on him. So Nate sets out in search of himself and the song he thinks will heal his family. Set during the "big bang" of country music in the late 1920s, Nate's journey of self-discovery parallels that of a region finding its voice for the first time.

Room of Shadows

release date: Aug 01, 2017
Room of Shadows
There's something odd about the house David Cray and his mom moved into following his parents’ split. Sure, it’s old and battered and a little off-kilter, but that’s not all. With so many nooks and crannies, it seems like the walls were built to keep things hidden—or maybe from getting out. David’s suspicions are confirmed when he uncovers a secret room that looks like it hasn’t been touched in ages. Inside, an ancient desk and carving of a raven beckon to him. Suddenly, disaster seems to follow him everywhere, and he starts to notice connections between the terrible events happening around him and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Has David unleashed a dark force by opening the room? Or has the room awakened something in David that he doesn’t recognize?

Dreambender

release date: Mar 01, 2016
Dreambender
Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers—keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people's dreams. He and others like him quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep the people in the City from becoming too focused on themselves and their own feelings rather than on the world. They need to keep the world safe from another Warming. But Jeremy thinks music is beautiful, and when he pops into a dream of Callie singing, he becomes fascinated with her. He begins to wonder if there is more to life than being safe. Defying his community and the role they have established for him, he sets off to find her in the real world. Together, they will challenge their world's expectations. But how far will they go to achieve their own dreams?

Night on Fire

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Night on Fire
Thirteen-year-old Billie Sims doesn't think her hometown of Anniston, Alabama, should be segregated, but few of the town's residents share her opinion. As equality spreads across the country and the Civil Rights Movement gathers momentum, Billie can’t help but feel stuck—and helpless—in a stubborn town too set in its ways to realize that the world is passing it by. So when Billie learns that the Freedom Riders, a group of peace activists riding interstate buses to protest segregation, will be traveling through Anniston on their way to Montgomery, she thinks that maybe change is finally coming and her quiet little town will shed itself of its antiquated views. But what starts as a series of angry grumbles soon turns to brutality as Anniston residents show just how deep their racism runs. The Freedom Riders will resume their ride to Montgomery, and Billie is now faced with a choice: stand idly by in silence or take a stand for what she believes in. Through her own decisions and actions and a few unlikely friendships, Billie is about to come to grips with the deep-seated prejudice of those she once thought she knew, and with her own inherent racism that she didn’t even know she had.

Chops

release date: Jun 01, 2022
Chops
Short memoir: Searching for strength in a trumpet

The Year of the Bomb

release date: Jun 09, 2009
The Year of the Bomb
In 1955 California, as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is filmed in their hometown, thirteen-year-old Arnie discovers a real enemy when he and three friends go against a young government agent determined to find communists at a nearby university or on the movie set.

Chasing George Washington

release date: Sep 08, 2009
Chasing George Washington
What would it be like if you lived in the White House? Dee Dee, Jose, and Annie are about to find out! When their class takes a field trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the three accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life, which turns their everyday tour into an unexpected adventure! As they try to get the nation's first President back into his painting, the kids come across other famous White House residents, including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Dolley Madison, and Jackie Kennedy. Through their madcap journey, they realize that the White House isn't just a tourist attraction--it's also a home.

On Beale Street

release date: Jun 17, 2008
On Beale Street
In Memphis, in the 1950s, when fifteen-year-old Johnny Ross is introduced to the blues, he ventures to the infamous Beale Street and develops a friendship with an up-and-coming young musician, Elvis Presley.

Eeyore's Happy Tail

release date: Jun 01, 1996
Eeyore's Happy Tail
Eeyore learns a valuable about who he is.

Owl's World

release date: Jun 01, 1996
Owl's World
Pooh and Piglet learn what makes sounds in the night.

Roo's Best Gift

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Roo's Best Gift
Roo thinks of special gifts for his friends.

Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women

release date: May 01, 1995
Sammy Carducci's Guide to Women
A four-foot-two sixth grader gets pointers from his handsome older brother on handling women, and tries them out on his classmates.

Look Before You Bounce

release date: Jun 01, 1996
Look Before You Bounce
Tigger's friends try to warn him to be careful as he bounces through the woods because he might hurt himself or someone else.

Blue's Bedtime

release date: Aug 01, 2000
Blue's Bedtime
Steve and Blue build a tent to help Blue go to sleep.

Magic in the Making

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Magic in the Making
The circus was in town, and everyone came to see. Manny the magician was having trouble with his magic tricks. His wife and assistant, Gypsy helped to cover for Manny. The other circus performers planned an anniversary party for Manny and Gypsy.

Piglet to the Rescue

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Piglet to the Rescue
Piglet wants to be big, but in the end it is because he is little that he can save Roo.

Raising the Roof

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Raising the Roof
Until he learns more of what they are doing, a young boy is upset that his special Saturdays with his parents change when they volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Tigger Bounces Into Fall

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Tigger Bounces Into Fall
A story about Tigger and his friends. Tigger thinks his bouncing is making the leaves fall off the tree.

Grandpa's Hammer

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Grandpa's Hammer
After the death of his wife, a young girl's grandfather loses interest in life until he observes volunteers building a home for Habitat for Humanity.

Hats Off to Lyle

release date: Aug 01, 2011
Hats Off to Lyle
Lyle likes to knit hat covers. But what Viking needs a hat cover when he already has a hat? The Vikings Lyle sails with are nice Vikings, but they still laugh when he knits. It takes a lesson from some stinky Vikings for them to realize how valuable Lyle's hat covers really are.

There's No Place Like Home

release date: Jan 01, 1996
There's No Place Like Home
Roo discovers with the help of his friends that there is no place like home.

Good Knight, Duke

release date: Mar 01, 2011
Good Knight, Duke
"What's Duke supposed to do when the meanest knight in the whole kingdom challenges him? Join the crowd as Duke shows how to be nice to others--even with they're not being kindhearted in return."--Cover p. [4].

Money Madness

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Money Madness
Doug earns money to take Patti to a concert, but then business turns bad

Building Friends

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Building Friends
While watching the Habitat for Humanity volunteers build a house in the empty lot next to her house, Rosa and her new friend Matthew decide to fix up Rosa's tree house.
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