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  • Bibliography:
    19 Books - 3 Series
  • First Book:
    April 2006
  • Latest Book:
    April 2023
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Full Series List in Order

Book Buddies

1 - Ivy Lost and Found (Oct-2021)
2 - Marco Polo Brave Explorer (Apr-2022)

Hot Rod Hamster

1 - Hot Rod Hamster (Feb-2010)
2 - Happy Birthday, Hamster (Aug-2011)
3 - Monster Truck Mania! (Mar-2014)
4 - Hot Rod Hamster and the Wacky Whatever Race! (Sep-2014)
5 - Hot Rod Hamster and the Awesome Atv Adventure! (Jan-2015)
6 - Hot Rod Hamster and the Haunted Halloween Party! (Aug-2015)
7 - Hot Rod Hamster Meets His Match! (Feb-2016)

Shelter Pet Squad

1 - Jelly Bean (Sep-2014)
2 - Merlin (Oct-2015)
3 - Paloma (Feb-2016)

Book List in Order: 19 titles

  • NO TOYS IN THE FISH TANK. 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 pe...

  • 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 metal in this endearing,...

  • 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 Te...

  • Hamster and Dog are back to celebrate Hamster's birthday! Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake. Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and NEW YORK TIMES be...

  • When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discover...

  • It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The water boats, spinning teacups, a...

  • Hot Rod Hamster LOVES to drive superfast. And today he's building a box car from scratch to race downhill in the Wacky Whatever Race. He needs to pick out a box, wheels, and a paint color for his car. Can you help him? With the same bouncing rhyth...

  • In this charming illustrated chapter book series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord, the Shelter Pet Squad kids find the perfect homes for animals in need! Suzannah's always wanted a pet of her own, but she lives in an apartment where there are ...

  • Hot Rod Hamster is looking for adventure! Hamster and his friends go looking for an awesome adventure at Al's ATV Park. But Hamster needs YOUR help to make it the perfect ride, full of bumps, jumps, and down-and-dirty fun! After roaring up hill...

  • When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the b...

  • The early reader series from the dynamic duo of Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson now features Hot Rod Hamster in his spookiest adventure yet! It's Halloween and Hot Rod Hamster is going to...

  • A pet is missing! When Suzannah arrives to volunteer at the shelter, one of the animals is missing! It's Merlin, a mischievous ferret who gets into everything, and loves to play hide and seek. Owning a ferret can be really hard work, the Shelt...

  • When Hamster and his friends go looking for some cool, wet, wild fun at the Water Kingdom waterpark, Hamster and his new friend, Holly, challenge two dogs to a race down the waterslide. Can they win? With the same bouncing rhythms, fun choice rhym...

  • There's a big surprise for the Shelter Pet Squad: A group of sato puppies has arrived! Satos are homeless dogs -- of various breeds -- from Puerto Rico. The kids will help them settle in until they are ready for adoption. Suzannah plays with a pup...

  • On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night....

  • A lonely doll helps a child adjust to a blended family in the first of a charming series about library toys and the children who borrow them, written by Newbery Honoree Cynthia Lord. Ivy was Anne the librarian’s doll when she was a young girl. But ...

  • Can an intrepid toy mouse help a child venture out of his comfort zone? Book Two of an endearing illustrated series about friendly library toys and the children who borrow them. Marco Polo is a retired Christmas ornament, but in his mind he is a grea...

  • Will lonely Maya’s wish for a friend come true when she borrows Dazzle, a toy unicorn, from the library? What about Dazzle’s wish for a place to belong? The heartwarming series continues with a third adventure. Dazzle is a snow-white unic...

  • From Newbery Honor Winner Cynthia Lord, a brilliant story about how to find home when everything around us is changing.Mia and her mom visit Grandma in Maine every summer, but this year Mia is going alone. Her mom will stay behind to get their house ...

Award-Winning Books by Cynthia Lord

Hot Rod Hamster
2011 South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award -- Picture Book
2012 Buckaroo Book Award -- Children's
2007 Schneider Family Book Award -- Middle School
2008 Buckeye Children's Book Award -- Grades 6-8
2008 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award -- Children's
2008 Kentucky Bluegrass Award -- Grades 6-8
2008 Maine Student Book Award -- Grades 4-8
Touch Blue
2010 Lupine Award -- Children/Young Adult

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cynthia Lord has published 19 books.

Cynthia Lord does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Home Away From Home, was published in April 2023.

The first book by Cynthia Lord, Rules, was published in April 2006.

Yes. Cynthia Lord has 3 series.