Cynthia Lord Books In Order

Hot Rod Hamster Books In Order

  1. Hot Rod Hamster! (2010)
  2. Happy Birthday Hamster (2011)
  3. Monster Truck Mania! (2014)
  4. The Wacky Whatever Race! (2014)
  5. The Awesome ATV Adventure! (2015)
  6. The Haunted Halloween Party! (2015)
  7. Meets His Match! (2016)

Shelter Pet Squad Books In Order

  1. Jelly Bean (2014)
  2. Merlin (2015)
  3. Paloma (2016)


  1. Rules (2006)
  2. Touch Blue (2010)
  3. Half a Chance (2014)
  4. A Handful of Stars (2015)
  5. Because of the Rabbit (2019)


  1. The Cynthia Lord Collection (2014)

Hot Rod Hamster Book Covers

Shelter Pet Squad Book Covers

Novels Book Covers

Omnibus Book Covers

Cynthia Lord Books Overview

Hot Rod Hamster!

Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car Rust car, clean car, itty bitty green car. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the medal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!


A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance beyond the Rules. Twelve year old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the Rules from ‘a peach is not a funny looking apple’ to ‘keep your pants on in public’ in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Touch Blue

Touch Blue and your wish will come true.’Why take chances?’ says eleven year old Tess Brooks. ‘Especially when it’s so easy to let the universe know what you want by touching blue or turning around three times or crossing your fingers.’But Tess is coming to know that it’s not always that simple. The state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, which would force Tess’s family to move to the mainland and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, a thirteen year old trumpet player who has been bounced from home to home. And Tess needs a plan of her own and all the luck she can muster. Will Tess’s wish come true or will her luck run out?Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord offers a warm hearted, humorous, and thoughtful look at what it means to belong and how lucky we feel when we do. Touch Blue, sure as certain, will touch your heart. Honors for Touch Blue: 2011 Lupine Award, Maine Library Association. 2011 Maine Literary Award, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. 2010 Best Books For Children, Christian Science Monitor. Best Children’s Books of 2010, Book Page. Best Children’s Books of the Year 2011, Bank Street College starred for outstanding meritEditor’s Pick, Adoptive Families magazine. Nominated for: Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Vermont Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Rhode Island Teen Book Award Indian Paintbrush Award Wyoming North Carolina Children’s Book Award The Charlotte Award New York Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Horn Toad Tales, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Texas

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