Books for Young Readers

Book--Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty

The strange and wonderful adventures of Max and Kevin, a pair of oddball outsiders who combine their strengths to become Freak the Mighty.
Among the Awards:
ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1994)
California Young Reader Medal (1996.3|Middle School/Junior High, Grades 6-8, 1995-1996)

Book--Max the Mighty

Max the Mighty

The further adventures of Maxwell Kane. This is the sequel to Freak The Mighty.
Among the Awards:
VDL Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee

Book--The Fire Pony

The Fire Pony

The action-packed tale of two brothers, an extraordinary pony, and the secret they’re all running from.
Among the Awards:
Maryland Children’s Book Award (2001)


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Book--REM World

REM World

Arthur Woodbury is trapped in REM World, a place where nothing is as it seems and it’s up to Arthur to save the world.
Among the Awards:
Keystone State Keystone to Reading Award (2001-2002)

Book--The Last Book in the Universe

The Last Book in the Universe

Spaz, an abandoned epileptic, lives on post-apocalyptic Earth, destroyed long ago by an earthquake. He teams up with a mysterious old man who leads him on a journey to find Spaz’s sister.
Among the Awards:
ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2001)
Maine Library Association Lupine Award (2000)

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Stay Alive cover

Stay Alive

(formerly called the Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds)

Stay Alive brings to life the excitement, danger, and horrors of the Donner Party’s journey west. (Dear America Book published by Scholastic, Inc.)


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Book--The Young Man and the Sea

The Young Man and the Sea

A starkly dramatic tale about a determined boy who refuses to give up, despite overwhelming odds.
Among the Awards:
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2004)

Book--The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of
Homer P. Figg

A rip-roaring tale that follows Homer Figg as he sets off to find his brother in the thick of the Civil War, this is appropriate for all ages.
Among the Awards:
Newbery Honor (2010)

Maine Lupine Award

Wild River


A gritty, suspenseful tale about a whitewater rafting trip that goes horribly wrong.

Book--Zane and the Hurricane

Zane and the Hurricane

Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits.
Among the Awards:
Maine Library Association Lupine Award (Juvenile/Young Adult Winner, 2014)

Book--The Big Dark

The Big Dark

Residents of a remote New Hampshire village witness a cataclysmic solar event. With his hometown spiraling into chaos, Charlie Cobb sets off on a perilous journey to save his mother’s life, battling a bitter cold winter, a pack of starving coyotes, and a violent survivalist bent on seizing power.
Among the Awards:
Bank Street CBC Best Children’s Book of the Year (Twelve to Fourteen, Fiction, Coming of Age, 2017)

Book--Who Killed Darius Drake

Who Killed Darius Drake?

When genius orphan Darius Drake and Arthur, the school thug, investigate a suspicious threat, written in blood, they uncover a mystery involving Darius’s grandfather, a long-lost diamond necklace, and a car crash that wasn’t an accident at all. Who will be next?
Among the Awards:
Maine Lupine Honor (2017)



A nightmare about a raging wildfire and 12-year-old Sam trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke. Can he survive?
Among the Awards:
2021-2022 South Carolina Junior Book Award

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Luke and Mandy are mystified by strange events in their lives, and in their town. They finally realize they’ve been abducted by aliens…but by then it may be too late.

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 We Own the Sky

We Own The Sky

We Own the Sky is a thrilling historical adventure about the rise of the KKK, targeting immigrants in Maine in 1924. Davy and Jo Michaud have been recently orphaned. Taken in by a distant relative—a famous aviator—they are now working with a group of stunt pilots who spend their time wing walking, leaping from plane to plane, and flying through fireworks! But though the stunts are dangerous, the real threat is building behind the scenes. When Davy and Jo cross paths with the Klan, they get tangled up in a terrible revenge plan. Can they escape with their lives?
Among the Awards:
New York Historical Annual Children’s History Book Prize, 2023
Florida Book Award  Bronze Medal 2022

Book Series Co-authored by Rod Philbrick & Lynn Harnett

The House on Cherry Street Series

A classic haunted house tale told in three volumes. Jason and little sister Sally spend the summer in a house of dark secrets that can only be revealed by the ghost of a young boy.

Book--The Haunting

The Haunting

Book--The Horror

The Horror

Book--The Final Nightmare

The Final Nightmare

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Visitors Series

Three friend battle mysterious alien invaders who take over their homes, their school, their town.

Book--Strange Invaders

Strange Invaders

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Book--The Brain Stealers

The Brain Stealers

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The Werewolf Chronicles Series

“I am a monster. Listen and I will tell you how the wereing began, and how I was raised by wolves, and what happened in a place called Fox Hollow.”

Book--Night Creature

Night Creature

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Book--Children of the Wolf

Children of the Wolf

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Book--The Wereing

The Wereing

Audio Books…

These books are currently available in Audio Format.

Freak the Mighty: Amazon
Max the Mighty: Amazon
The Last Book in the Universe: Amazon
The Young Man and the Sea: Amazon
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg: Amazon
Zane and the Hurricane: Amazon
The Big Dark: Amazon
Who Killed Darius Drake: Amazon
Wildfire: Amazon

Rodman Philbrick has received numerous awards for his writing.