Craig Moodie is the author of six short-story collections and four novels, including Into the Trap, a middle-grade novel, Seaborn, a young-adult novel, and The Sea Singer, a middle-grade novel, all published by Roaring Brook Press. His new novel for middle-grade readers, Stormstruck!, available from Holiday House under the name John Macfarlane, won a “Highly Recommended” citation from the Boston Authors Club in 2016. His fiction, prose poetry, and prose have appeared in SAIL, Quick Fiction, Wavelength, Northeast, Sentence, and elsewhere. You can see more of his work at Moodiebooks.com.
Stormstruck! This gripping adventure-at-sea skillfully blends a suspenseful survival story, a heart-wrenching boy-and-his-dog tale and the sensitive treatment of a youngster coming to terms with the death of a family member.
||Into the Trap When he discovers where they are hiding their plunder, Eddie Atwell seeks to outwit lobster thieves that have been plaguing the catches of his family and other lobstermen.
(Macmillan US, 2011)”Into the Trap is that best of combinations: a mystery and adventure with terrible possibilities and the heroism to face them, and a story of deep humanity. While Eddie and Briggs battle a greed that threatens an entire economy, they become larger their own selves, for Eddie must learn to value and accept the help of a friend, and Briggs must learn independence and self-reliance. It is that symmetry, mixed with a funny, frightening, and tense plot out on the water, that will keep readers whipping through the pages. Finest kind!”
– Gary D. Schmidt”An action-packed tale…that will appeal to reluctant readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
||Seaborn Luke’s will and survival skills are tested on an ill-fated sailing trip with his father following his parents’ split.
(Roaring Brook Press, August 2008)Nominated, Cybil Award, YA fiction, 2008
“This powerful story is a real page-turner. Each character has an authentic voice, and the descriptions are poetic. A great high-seas coming-of-age story.”
||The Sea Singer(Roaring Brook Press, 2005)
Agent: Fiona Kenshole