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Red Hood
What Riley Wore
Bat and the Waiting Game
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ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. 


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"Arnold combines the weird with the warm in this domestic fantasy, bringing realism to the kids’ struggles with both family and identity even as they deal with some very unusual circumstances."

-Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

"Plucky Starla Jean captures an errant chicken along with the hearts of early readers in the first volume of a delightfully illustrated chapter book series."

-Shelf Awareness (Starla Jean)

"Generous white space keeps the momentum rising as running text—a single thought, or sometimes even one word, including the chicken’s initial squawk—stretches across spreads."

-Publishers Weekly (Starla Jean)

"Powerfully demonstrates how small but monumental events can connect and change the world."

-Kirkus Reviews (An Ordinary Day)

"With enormous sensitivity, the creators weave together beginnings, endings, joy and sadness, and a metaphysical sense of the universe’s continuity."

-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (An Ordinary Day)

"Many will be moved by the artful book design and a thoughtfully sipmle text that delineate an extraordinary day."

-Booklist, Starred Review (An Ordinary Day)

"A disturbing but ultimately empowering, and thoroughly immersive, feminist fairy tale."

-Horn Book (Red Hood)

". . . this is what fairy tales were and should be again, bloody and dark and richly compelling."

-Locus (Red Hood)

"A fantastic novel in the #MeToo era, empowering women to share their stories by reaching out, speaking up, and demanding a change."

-School Library Journal, Starred Review (Red Hood)

"A timely and unabashedly feminist twist on a classic fairy tale."

-Kirkus Reviews (Red Hood)

"Read, shed your pelt, and be transformed—for blades are being sharpened."

-Booklist, Starred Review  (Red Hood)

"On Sunday, a kid at the park asks, 'Are you a girl or a boy?' Riley, sporting 'the world’s best tutu, a crazy monster shirt...and a hat with dinosaur spikes,' doesn’t miss a beat: 'Today I’m a firefighter. And a dancer. And a monster hunter. And a pilot. And a dinosaur.' The other child’s response says it all: 'Want to play?'"

-Horn Book (Red Hood)

"Arnold playfully addresses identity, and Riley's recurring thoughts about how to make friends should resonate with a wide array of kids."

-Booklist (What Riley Wore)

"I won’t be surprised if this book swipes all the awards this year."

-Kirkus Reviews (Damsel)

"Lyrical, brutal, and unapologetically feminist."

-Horn Book (Damsel)

"Readers who like the grimmest of the Grimms' stories will find their appetite for dark tales satiated here."

-Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books (Damsel)

"This brutal, devastating, powerful novel won't soon be forgotten."

-Booklist, Starred Review (Damsel)

"Unflinchingly candid, unapologetically girl, and devastatingly vital."

-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (What Girls Are Made Of)

"Self-love and fulfillment can be found through helping others."

-School Library Journal (What Girls Are Made Of)


"Smart, true, and devastating, this is brutally, necessarily forthcoming about the crags of teen courtship."

-Booklist (What Girls Are Made Of)

"It’s a book that tells the truth about the world as-is, versus the world as we would like it to be."

-Kirkus Reviews (What Girls Are Made Of)

"From his aversion to crowds to his struggles with friendship, the ever-lovable Bat is sure to resonate with readers of all ages."

-Booklist (Bat and the Waiting Game)

"A gentle tale of shared similarities rather than differences that divide and a fine read-aloud with a useful but not didactic message of acceptance."

-Kirkus Reviews (Bat and the Waiting Game)

"The challenges faced by kids like Bat are often underrepresented in children’s literature; this is a refreshing depiction. Readers will appreciate this funny and thoughtful novel."

-School Library Journal (A Boy Called Bat)


"A coming-of-age story consciously reminiscent of Lolita, this multifaceted portrayal of family bonds surprises with its nuanced and sometimes-searing emotional gravity."

-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Infandous)

"Comfortably familiar and quietly groundbreaking."

-Kirkus Reviews (A Boy Called Bat)


"Interspersed with stories from mythology and classic fairy tales, Arnold's novel feels authentic; teens will relate to Sephora's brutally honest, well-rendered voice."

-The Horn Book (Infandous)


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"By connecting Riley’s gender nonconforming to the costumed roleplaying that most kids engage in, the creators take this timely subject matter into a refreshing realm: normalcy."

-Publishers Weekly (What Riley Wore)