Marilyn Singer, Author
Novels for Kids
The Circus Lunicus THE CIRCUS LUNICUS
(Henry Holt & Co., 2000) A mysterious Cinderella story about a boy, a plastic lizard, and a circus that’s possibly from outer space. For middle-grade readers.
Josie to the Rescue JOSIE TO THE RESCUE
(Scholastic, Inc., 1999) Josie’s attempts to raise money, in order to help her parents who are expecting a baby, result in big trouble. Illustrations by S.D. Schindler. excerpt
Big Wheel BIG WHEEL
(Hyperion, 1993) Twelve-year-old Wheel Wiggins is the head honcho of his neighborhood. Every year he masterminds the town's 4th of July extravaganza. But this time he's stuck for an idea and suffering from, as he puts it, "executive stress," made worse when everyone's favorite deejay, Wild Willie, announces a contest for the best Independence Day celebration. At last Wheel does dream up his greatest scheme ever - an amazing carnival. But then a new kid arrives in town - a hot shot, unicycle-riding rich kid named Topper, who wants not only to join Wheel's gang, but to take it over. And the war begins.
CALIFORNIA DEMON
(Hyperion, 1992) When fourteen-year-old, would-be witch Rosie Rivera tried to concoct a love potion, she accidentally let a nasty, not-so-little imp out of a bottle instead. The creature stows away to California in a Christmas gift opened by Danny Pauling and his sister Laura. The kids think they've hit the jackpot and acquired a genie, who calls himself Mr. Ed, to grant them endless wishes. But Mr. Ed's outlandish tricks soon wreak havoc all over L.A., landing Danny, Laura, and their mother in danger. It's up to Rosie and her mother Lydia, a retired witch, to save the day.
TWENTY WAYS TO LOSE YOUR BEST FRIEND
(HarperCollins, 1990) Emma has been taught to "do the right thing." So she votes for a better actor rather than her best friend to play the lead in the fourth grade class play. When her friend, Sandy, finds out, Emma's in trouble. A Junior Library Guild selection. A Trumpet Book Club selection (paperback), 1992. Illustrations by Jeffrey Lindberg.
CHARMED
(Atheneum, 1990) Twelve-year-old Miranda and her invisible fenine friend, Bastable, who looks much like an upright cat, must join forces with several other beings from different worlds to defeat the evil Charmer.
Sam and Dave Mysteries
(HarperCollins, 1984-1989) Sam and Dave Bean are eleven-year-old twins with identical faces and different personalities who solve a series of mysteries, many of which are set in and around their school.
THE HOAX ON YOU
(HarperCollins, 1989) Is the new foreign exchange student a thief? Or is she something – someone – else? Sam and Dave do some sleuthing to find out. Illustrations by Richard Williams.
THE CASE OF THE FIXED ELECTION
(HarperCollins, 1989) Dave is the victim of a crime when someone fixes the election for Student Council president. Illustrations by Richard Williams.
The Lightey Club THE LIGHTEY CLUB
(Four Winds Press, 1987) Three sisters, forced to spend the summer with their grandparents whom they don't like, decide to form the Lightey Club. At each meeting, Henny, the oldest sister, recounts a new tale about Lightey the Lightning Bug and his insect pals. Henny's stories help change a bad vacation into a magical one. Illustrations by Kathryn Brown.
GHOST HOST
(HarperCollins, 1987) Sixteen-year-old Bart Hawkins, star quarterback, learns that his house is haunted when Millicent, a sixteen-year-old "spokespook" for nine other ghosts, asks his help in ridding the place of a new and obnoxious poltergeist. With her help, Bart, who has been hiding his brains and love of reading, learns to be truthful about himself to his friends and his girlfriend. Published in paperback by Scholastic.
MITZI MEYER, FEARLESS WARRIOR QUEEN
(Scholastic, Inc., 1987) Mitzi is afraid of everything until a "psychic" named Madame Blini tells her that she was Queen Boadicea in a past life.
Samantha Spayed Mysteries
(Warne and HarperCollins, 1983-1986) In this series of mysteries parodying the tough-guy detective genre, Sam Spayed is a dog who solves the cases for which her dumb human partner, Philip Barlowe, gets the credit.   Read more about these books here.
Lizzie Silver of Sherwood Forest LIZZIE SILVER OF SHERWOOD FOREST
(HarperCollins, 1986) Lizzie's latest obsession, in this sequel to Tarantulas on the Brain, is Robin Hood, leading to some misadventures at a Medieval Faire. In addition, to keep her best friend Tessa from going off to music school without her, Lizzie tries to learn the harp, with less than satisfactory results. Illustrations by Miriam Nerlove.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAG
(Henry Holt and Company, 1986) Did the wealthy Carlotta Bucks really leave all her money to a cat? Sam will find out. Illustrations by Andrew Glass.
A Nose for Trouble A NOSE FOR TROUBLE
(Holt, 1985) Sam’s powerful sniffer helps her discover who’s been stealing the secret formulas in a cosmetics factory. Illustrations by Andrew Glass.
The Case of the Cackling Car THE CASE OF THE CACKLING CAR
(HarperCollins, 1985) Sam and Dave uncover a parrot smuggling operation while visiting an aunt in a town on the Tex-Mex border. Illustrations by Judy Glasser.
A CLUE IN CODE A CLUE IN CODE
(HarperCollins, 1985) The Bean brothers hunt for the thief who stole the class trip money. Their clue? A mysterious cipher found in a desk. Illustrations by Judy Glasser.
THE CASE OF THE SABOTAGED SCHOOL PLAY THE CASE OF THE SABOTAGED SCHOOL PLAY
(HarperCollins, 1984) Sam and Dave try to discover who is sabotaging the school play and why. Illustrations by Judy Glasser.
LEROY IS MISSING
(HarperCollins, 1984) Sam and Dave are hired by Rita O’Toole, their sidekick-to-be, to find her missing brother, Leroy. In the process, they stumble upon a bookmaking operation. Illustrations by Judy Glasser.
THE FIDO FRAME-UP THE FIDO FRAME-UP
(Warne, 1983) Sam tracks down the Black Feather Gang, jewel thieves.Illustrations by Andrew Glass.
TARANTULAS ON THE BRAIN
(HarperCollins, 1982) Lizzie Silver wants a pet tarantula more than anything in the world. Her attempts to raise money to buy one result in a series of adventures and misadventures, including a missing wedding ring and a stint as a magician's assistant. Published in paperback by Scholastic. Illustrations by Leigh Grant.
IT CAN’T HURT FOREVER
(HarperCollins, 1978) Eleven-year-old Ellie Simon is going to have heart surgery. The novel tells of her stay in the hospital, the people she meets, and how she gets through this difficult time.Illustrations by Leigh Grant.

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