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Someone Like Me
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Patricia MacLachlan, the bestselling author of beloved books for young readers, is best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL; as well as its sequels SKYLARK, CALEB’S STORY, and MORE PERFECT THAN THE MOON.


Recent or soon-to-be-released publications include the chapter book series launched by BARKUS AND HIS STORIES (Chronicle),THE BOX CAR CHILDREN BEGINNING, the prequel to the acclaimed series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Albert Whitman), FLYAWAY (McElderry/S & S), IRIDESCENCE OF BIRDS (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), KINDRED SOULS (Katherine Tegen Books/HC), MOTHER EARTH WATCHES (Chronicle), a picture book collaboration with Caldecott Medalist and Pura Belpre Award winner David Diaz, THE TRUTH OF ME (Katherine Tegen Books/HC), THE POET’S DOG (Katherine Tegen Books/HC), and YOU WERE THE FIRST (Little, Brown). In October, look for the picture book, SNOWFLAKES FALL (Random House; October 2013), illustrated by award-winning Steven Kellogg.


Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Patty graduated from the University of Connecticut and now lives with her husband on a mountain top in Williamsburg, Massachusetts where she writes and welcomes visits by her children and grandchildren.


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"Magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (The Poet's Dog)

"Readers will find their own jewel in this gem of a book."

-Booklist (The Poet's Dog)

"A spare, moving tale. Using simple words that even youngest readers will understand and enjoy, MacLachlan tackles subjects such as death and mourning with understated grace."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (The Poet's Dog)




Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 (The Poet's Dog)


"Dog-lovers and budding poets with a taste for quiet whimsy, or fans of MacLachlan’s measured and lyrical writing, may want to check this out."

-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (The Poet's Dog)


"A tender story of love and grief, The Poet’s Dog perfectly illustrates how special friends can heal a broken heart."

-Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's (The Poet's Dog)


"Though this contemplative fantasy explores grief, it is also about overcoming loss and is resolved in a way that will comfort sensitive readers. A strong purchase for larger fiction collections."

-School Library Journal (The Poet's Dog)


"This enchanting tale of friendship-of the canine and poetic kind-- will warm your heart like a firelit cabin on a snowy night. I loved it!"

-Laura Resau, author of The Lightning Queen and Star in the Fores (The Poet's Dog)


"A top pick for chapter book collections."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Barkus)

"An upbeat collection of five stories that bridges picture book and chapter book terrain."

-Publishers Weekly (Barkus)

"MacLachlan offers a string of brief, poetic vignettes that add up to an impressionistic memoir (real or imagined) of childhood and a recognition of how early inclinations, experiences, and family ties contribute to identity."

-Booklist (Starred Review) (Someone Like Me)

"Will appeal to fans of the Henry and Mudge series as well as to the younger picture-book audience."

-Kirkus Reviews (Barkus)

"An inspiring choice for fertile young minds trying to find their voices by seeing the world around them."

-Kirkus Reviews (Someone Like Me)

"Fans will be begging for more."

-The Horn Book Magazine (Barkus)

"A quiet tale about finding your own voice."

-Kirkus Reviews (Someone Like You)

"A good choice for empathetic young readers and most ­middle grade shelves."

-School Library Journal (Someone Like You)

"Sylvie’s close bonds with her brother and an array of supportive adults distinguish this memorable story, which showcases MacLachlan’s gifts for rich characterization, honest emotion, and deceptive simplicity."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Someone Like You)

"Little Robot is instantly winning—surprisingly expressive, sweet but never cloying, and in service to a higher and very relatable purpose."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Little Robot Alone)

"A book to cherish for years to come."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (The Poet's Dog)

"Simple words make a flawless story about resilience, hope, healing, and the eternal fitness of things."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (My Father's Words)

"This heartwarming title from an acclaimed author is a solid choice for school and public libraries seeking new bibliotherapy titles for children on loss and grief."

-School Library Journal (My Father's Words)

"MacLachlan masterfully mingles core themes in this slim volume: the power of words and song, memories and family, the mutually redemptive human-canine bond, and 'the eternal fitness of things.'"

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (My Father's Words)

"Deeply moving and uplifting in unexpected ways."

-Booklist (Starred Review) (My Father's Words)

"Patricia MacLachlan is the master of quiet books that pack an emotional wallop. . . . a beautifully nuanced portrait of one family’s recovery after tragedy."

-New York Times Book Review (My Father's Words)

"MacLachlan offers . . . a spirited defense of animals as distinct beings with unacknowledged powers of observation."

-Publishers Weekly (Chicken Talk)

"Children will love suggesting names . . . , as they speculate what the chickens will write next."

-Booklist (Chicken Talk)

"MacLachlan again concisely and authentically conveys character and emotion . . . ."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Dream Within a Dream)

"This book clings to the heart and echoes in the soul for days."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Dream Within a Dream)

"MacLachlan and Pak invite readers into the rhythms of the small family farm and important moments, small and great, over a century of its life."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (The Hundred-Year Barn)

"A cozy filter through which to imagine growing up."

-Kirkus Reviews (The Hundred-Year Barn)

"A warm look at a small, welcoming community which values friendship and art"

-School Library Connection (Dream Within a Dream)

"The solid building at the heart of the farm offers comfort and continuity in the life of a family."

-Booklist (The Hundred-Year Barn)

"This story’s poetry and pace are mellow, ideal for a quiet time."

-School Library Journal (The Hundred-Year Barn)

"A deeply nostalgic look at once-upon-a-time Midwest farm life."

-Kirkus Reviews (Prairie Days)

"Childhoods as free as this one are not as common as they once were; borrowing MacLachlan's is the next best thing."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Prairie Days)

"Nostalgic, yet filled with timeless experiences."

-Booklist (Prairie Days)

". . . this book will please younger readers and inspire would-be wordsmiths."

-Booklist (Wondrous Rex)

"MacLachlan again proves her gift for shaping endearing and credible characters—even a magical canine—in this bright yet reflective story."

-Publishers Weekly (Wondrous Rex)

"A beautifully designed ode to the planet—perfect for celebrating Earth Day or anytime."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"A poetic entrée into Earth’s modes rendered with an appreciation for natural details."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A vibrant celebration of daily life on a prairie farm."

-Book Page (Starred Review) (Prairie Days)