Leslie Connor
ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE (Katherine Tegen Books, 2022)

"Exploring the challenges of preteen life, neurodiversity, and the daily impacts people have on each other, this book will keep readers hooked until the end. Connor uses Frenchie’s and Aurora’s neurodivergent characteristics to build both suspense and compassion in a highly engaging and recommendable read."—School Library Journal

"In this nuanced novel, Connor gives readers an authentic friendship between two neurodivergent kids, each of whom has a deep appreciation of the natural world. Through Aurora, we see Frenchie’s humanity; in turn, Aurora’s patience, perceptiveness, and empathy shine—traits that few of her peers bother to notice. Connor weaves experiences from the friends’ recent past into the present drama, adding complexity to the story and characters. Aurora’s assured first-person voice is funny, heartwarming, and keenly observant. Intermittent chapters are narrated in the third person from the perspective of a few key characters, which heightens the tension and moves the finely crafted plot forward to a well-earned happy resolution."—Horn Book Magazine

"Connor creates a playground of a coastal Maine town where the quirky locals are accessible and caring. Aurora’s and Frenchie’s families build an ecosystem that sustains and encourages their friendship, and Aurora’s buoyant enthusiasm infuses the story with adventurous fun and a lack of preachiness while not undercutting real stakes . . . Honors the sweet mysteries of how to communicate with each other and the world."Kirkus Reviews

"A strong choice for readers seeking stories with neurodiverse characters or books with heartwarming friendships."—Booklist

“Leslie Connor brilliantly depicts a genuine and meaningful friendship between a dynamic girl and her nonvocal friend. By showing the ways Aurora and Frenchie communicate, Connor gives us a blueprint for seeing autistic children in a new light. I loved, loved, loved this book!” —Cammie McGovern, author of Frankie and Amelia and Chester and Gus

A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS (Katherine Tegen Books, 2020)

"Gentle, fully fleshed characters . . . are lovingly drawn in this long tale of healing . . . her [Lydia's] poignant tale is engaging and uplifting. An almost-orphan and a rescue dog share lots of heart in a winsome coming-of-age story. "Kirkus Reviews

★ "What stands out is the narrative’s essential kindness, as Lydia heals and rediscovers the meaning of home and family."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

★ "Beautifully woven story lines and characters mesh together as Lydia, Guffer, the goats, and her family all start to heal from the inside out. Connor . . . has an innate ability to broach difficult subjects with gentleness, and the myriad strong female characters will be embraced by readers seeking heroines to cheer for."School Library Journal (starred review)

"A dreamy, introspective story [that] explores grief and family. Lydia’s journey is nicely paralleled in the travails of the rescue dog also recently added to the household, and the apt comparisons are sure to spark plenty of discussion. Recommended for children’s collections where realistic fiction is in demand."Booklist

“A small masterpiece. Every page offers something to cherish—a new thought, a wry chuckle, a tender sigh of sorrow or joy. Lydia’s story is comforting yet never comfortable. Leslie Connor is a writing goddess!”Tricia Springstubb, author of Moonpenny Island and Every Single Second

“Connor gives us a resilient heroine as well as insightful commentary on love and joy, in addition to the inherent injustices of life; a heroine whose internal strength and subtle emotional growth will engage readers and encourage them to delve into larger questions.”Padma Venkatraman, author of The Bridge Home, the 2019 Middle School Global Read Aloud

“A sensitive, heart-forward look at the way families take care of each other, the way dogs take care of their families, and the way love takes care of us all. Authentic and artful, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs is easy to sink in and impossible to forget.”Corey Ann Haydu, author of Rules for Stealing Stars and Eventown

“Leslie Connor is one of my FAVORITE middle grade authors and yet again, she finds a way with her words straight to your heart and somehow leaves you crying with a smile on your face. Please do yourself a [favor] and read this, share this, and then read it again .”Nichole Cousins, booksellers at White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)

“I cried such happy tears at the end. The women and dogs in this story are so wonderful, I want to live in their home, spend time with them, love them. This is a story of a young girl living with her aunt and her aunt's wife on a farm in Vermont. During the winter, with dogs and so much love. Perfect.”Julie (RBB Staff)

THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE (Katherine Tegen Books, 2018)

National Book Award Finalist * ALA Schneider Family Book Award * 2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Book * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 * 2019-2020 Nebraska Golden Sower Award * Amazon Best Books of 2018 * Kirkus Best of Children's 2018 * New York Public Library Best Books 2018 * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 * 2018 Nerdy Book Club Middle Grade Winner * South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee * 2020 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee * Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2019 (9-12) * 2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee * 2020-2021 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Readers Award Preliminary Nominee * 2020-2021 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee *

★ “In this sensitively written novel, Connor introduces a learning-disabled 12-year-old who will warm readers’ hearts and earn their respect with his honesty and compassion. Poignant and suspenseful, Mason’s story crystalizes an adolescent boy’s joys and fears as he comes into his own.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

★ “Connor expertly captures the camaraderie of Calvin and Mason. A poignant underdog tale that will resonate with many young readers.”School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “In a moving first-person narrative, Connor reveals a remarkably distinct and memorable character. [T]he author weaves the back story into a narrative of redemption chronicling his growing friendships. Connor’s gift for creating complex characters extends to the supporting characters and makes this a compelling read.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Connor’s portrayal of Mason is spot-on, and the seventh-grader’s honesty shines through as his greatest attribute. Laced throughout the story, and evident at the end, is hope for a brighter future, both for the entire family and the community. A thoughtful look at human nature, resilience, and love.”Booklist

“Mason’s voice is honest and true, and the multifaceted characters both enrich and propel the narrative.”Horn Book Magazine

“Could I love a character more than I love Mason Buttle? Nope. Could this book have captured my heart any more? Impossible.”Barbara O’Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog and Wish

“A book that breaks your heart and heals it—all in one. Mason’s story is brilliantly told. This is an astonishing book!”Kirby Larson, author of Newbery Honor title, Hattie Big Sky and the Audacity Jones series

“Mason’s astonishing voice will grab you from the first page, as he demonstrates how children with learning disabilities who ‘think outside the box’ can find brilliant ways to survive bullying, be a good friend, and save their families.”Cammie McGovern, author of Just My Luck and Chester and Gus

"Rich, moving, and redemptive, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle will immerse readers from the first page to the last and is certain to linger with them for a long time to come."Books to Borrow . . . Books to Buy

Leslie Connor is the author of many award-winning books for children, including The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, National Book Award finalist and winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award; Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award; A Home for Goddesses and Dogs; All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook; and Crunch. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can visit her online at www.leslieconnor.com.