Author Spotlight: Barbara O’Conner

It can be tough to find an author who tells stories you really enjoy — and even tougher to find one of those authors who has lots of books to keep you busy reading.

One of my favorites who ranks high in both of those categories is Barbara O’Conner.

I first read one of her books a couple of years ago when our son was part of a reading quiz-bowl type competition at school. The kids read certain books and then competed against each other, answering questions about anything and everything related to the books. The book we read that year by Barbara O’Conner was Greetings from Nowhere.

This year, our daughter participated on the team, and another one of Barbara O’Conner’s books was on the list: The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. Here’s the first line of the story:

Owen Jester tiptoed across the gleaming linoleum floor

and slipped the frog into the soup.

What?! A frog in the soup? What kid would stop reading after that?

Not me, and I’m definitely not even a kid anymore. But I love a good story, especially one that has “real world” kids, some things that make me laugh out loud, and a little bit of a lesson to learn (but nothing too hit-you-over-the-head). Her stories are pretty short, so they’re quick to read. They don’t have bad language or vampires/werewolves/devils (which I’m personally not a fan of), so they’re great for kids in third or fourth grade on up.

Look for Barbara O’Conner’s books the next time you visit the library, and I’ll bet you find something funny. In the meantime, check out her website to get a sneak peek at all her books.

And, if you read one of them and enjoy it, come back here and leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think!

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