What to you get
when you mix mad science, real history, a boy genius and a daring
dachshund? Gadgets and Gears
that’s what! Published by Clarion.
Welcome to the Amazing Automated Inn, home of twelve-year-old inventor
Wally Kennewickett, his genius scientist parents, and his dashing dog,
Noodles. From the lightning harvester on the roof to the labs full of
experiments in the dungeon, the inn is a wonderful place for a curious
boy and his loyal dog to live.
"Fast paced and funny, with plenty of alliteration and word definitions
provided by Noodles, it carries hints of both Lemony Snicket's wordplay
and the absurdity of M. T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series. . . .
Young, precocious readers and older readers looking for a shorter read
will enjoy this first title in the Gadgets and Gears series." —Booklist
“Hamilton makes the comedic most of her premise. . . . Noodles's antics
and droll, mannered narration make him the indisputable star of this
show." —Publishers Weekly
"Steampunk with training wheels for the chapter book set. . . . Sly
humor . . . nifty, gear-laden illustrations . . . [an] imaginative,
engaging premise." —Kirkus Reviews
Mesmer Menace Teacher’s Guide
Ire of Iron Claw Teacher’s Guide
Acclaim for The Goblin Wars Trilogy, publised by Clarion:
"Laced with humor, packed with surprises and driven by suspense, the
plot grabs readers from the start using the stylistic tactics of the
best fantasy writing. . . . Buy this novel for readers of Franny
Billingsley and Dia Calhoun as well as fans of urban fantasy."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Ancient Irish myths and legends mix and mingle with the modern world
in this fast-paced fantasy. . . . Hamilton has created characters who
are quirky and complex. Their stories are tightly woven together and
riveting, and readers will look forward to the next installment in the
series".—School Library Journal,
"Hamilton seamlessly blends magic and realism....The searing chemistry
between Tea and Finn will have romance fans swooning"—The Bulletin
"Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will
more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with
wonder, and uplift them in the end."
“With a well-crafted text spiced with sound effects, this appealing
picture book is highly recommended for reading aloud to the truck
loving crowd. Pair it with perennial favorite, The Little Engine That
Could.”—Booklist, Starred Review
“Crisp, rhyming and straightforward text liberally splashed with
onomatopoeia describes the truck's valiant efforts, and vibrant,
colorful illustrations will draw young listeners in and make them right
at home.” — Kirkus Reviews
Yellow Copter takes flight in Publisher’s Weekly
Blue Boat, a book awash with adventure and nautical fun is set to sail
in the spring of 2016!
Officers on Patrol
What do Police Officers do? Where can they be found? What should you do
if you need help? This
rollicking picture book answers these questions and more with a
reassuring, rhyming text and silly, cheerful illustrations. And by the
time it's finished, everyone will know that the situation is under control.
"Decidedly less flat-footed than most introductions to the police, this
picture book uses a bit of story to show what officers do and amiable
artwork to make them seem more approachable. A nice read-aloud pick for
community-helper units. Preschool-Grade 1." —Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
Pascal and the Peculiar People
Home. Caleb shivered with happiness at the sound of the word. He had
been at Miss Pratt’s orphan asylum his whole life. Now he was
going home with rich Mr.Groeger!
But Caleb discovers that he has made a terrible mistake. The only thing
bigger than Mr. Groeger's billfold is his mean streak. Caleb knows no
one in Cottonwood will help him. He has no hope of ever getting
away—until the circus train rolls into town.
“Kids (and adults) who enjoyed the dynamic characters of The Series of
Unfortunate Events will also enjoy the motley crew that Kersten
Hamilton has assembled in Caleb, Son of None." —
Download the first chapter here
Butterfly Book: A Kids Guide
to Attracting, Raising, and Keeping Butterflies
John Muir Publications
"Hamilton's wide-format paperback surveys the life stages, body
structures, and habits of butterflies. Readers interested in raising
butterflies from egg, caterpillar, or chrysalis will find useful
information on the safe handling and temporary keeping of butterflies
before returning them to the wild....Hamilton warns not to keep
butterflies in glass jars, where they can injure their wings. She also
shows how to mend a broken wing.... Full of intriguing facts presented
in a readable way, this guide will appeal to children studying
butterflies in the classroom or the backyard." —
This book is full of classroom friendly activities, such as building a
Caterpillar Corral to protect your garden caterpillars from birds and
wasps, constructing a Butterfly Tent Trap to allow students to get
close enought to examine butterflies, and how how to catch a
butterfly without harming it!
to the Rescue!
"This exciting look at firefighting is steeped in 1950's style and
engaging rhyme... The men race through the purple-hued streets of an
American small town toward the billowing smoke... Our cities
and lives have changed over the decades, but this story makes it clear
that firefighting has not. With just the right amount of tension and a
large amount of admiration, Hamilton and Davis have created a sure fire
hit." —Kirkus Reviews
is the Ocean
Boyds Mills Press
"The (water cycle) is beautifully presented in this rhyming book for
young audiences.... Siomades' gorgeous, three-dimensional
textured-paper collages enhance the easy poetic handling of the
subject. A great crowd pleaser for read-alouds. " —
Mission City Press
“I loved this book. It is fresh, original, by turns heartbreaking, and
then funny…..These charactors are tangible. I feel as though I have, in
actuality, met them. What I expected when I purchased this book was a
run of the mill run away slave book. What I discovered was a story that
gripped my heart, and would not let it go.”
the Millie Keith Series
1999 Mission City Press
gave me a marvelous opportunity — they asked me to write a series of
novels based on characters created by Martha Finley, a Christian writer
of the late 1800’s.
I was delighted by the challenge, but I had some research to do before
I started writing. What were Christian women like in the mid 1800’s?
I turned to diaries and historical documents to find out. I was happy
to find that they were not all prim and proper Victorian
Ladies who sat in parlors sipping tea. Some wrote books and challenged
injustice. Some went alone to secret, solitary places to talk to God.
And some lived lives of world travel and high adventure!
Three of the women I learned about became the real–life models for the
new adventures of Millie Keith.
In the 1830’s Sarah and
, daughters of a Southern judge and plantation
owner, laid down their wealthy lifestyle, their social standing and the
respect of ‘proper’ society to fight a terrible evil — slavery.
Victorian ladies were not supposed to notice ‘indelicate’ things, such
as the way slaves were treated. They were certainly not supposed to
speak about them in public! When Sarah and Angelina not only noticed
but stood up and spoke against slavery, their lives were threatened.
They were warned not return to the South. They were even thrown out of
two Christian denominations for being so bold! Society dictated that ladies
should not behave in such a
The Grimke sisters disagreed. They disagreed so strongly, in fact, that
they became suffragettes as well as abolitionists, fighting for the
rights of women to have an education, to speak about social injustice,
and to vote.
They were not alone. Thousands of women attended their lectures; tens
of thousands read their pamphlets and articles.
travels began in the 1840’s, when she was hardly more than a
teenager. Her father, an English pastor, sent his brilliant daughter to
the Americas to report on the state of Christianity there. Isabella, a
young lady of culture and refinement, traveled alone and loved it. She
eventually became a world traveler, who wrote wonderful books.
Books in the Millie Series:
Millie's Unsettled Season