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Kara LaReau


Kara LaReau

Kara LaReau was an editor at Candlewick Press prior to becoming a full-time writer. She has published many acclaimed picture books for children including UGLY FISH, RABBIT & SQUIRREL, and OTTO: THE BOY WHO LOVED CARS. Kara lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and son and their two cats.

Kara LaReau

Books by Kara LaReau

by Kara LaReau and Jen Hill - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Jaundice and Kale are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it...until Aunt Shallot shows up. She tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants. As Magique and the Bland sisters board the Uncanny Express, they meet a cast of mystifying characters. And when Magique goes missing, it’s up to Jaundice and Kale to solve the mystery --- with the help of detective Hugo Fromage.

Written by Kara LaReau and illustrated by Jen Hill. - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Humor

One day, the Bland sisters are kidnapped by an all-female band of pirates. They’re unwillingly swept into a high-seas romp that might just lead to solving the mystery of what happened to their parents.

by Kara LaReau and Matt Myers - Children's, Children's 5-8, Fiction

Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.