Kid’s Books 41



My career began in publishing, so I have happily spent more than 25 years working with book people–and working on many books. I always tell my readers that the path to being an author is different for everyone. And it is jam-packed with detours! Luckily, every bend in the road leads to some new idea, some curious adventure. Here are just some of the projects I have worked on. Some of them have links to click. You can see book covers, ordering information, or read a little “back story” on the story.

Awards, Honors

YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers designation, 1999, for Real Teens; National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, 2002, for “From the Files of Madison Finn” series.


The new one! Coming September 2016

From the Files of Madison Finn: Back Online (Open Road Integrated Media, 2016)












The Originals (available in e-book)

Note: all Madison Finn books were originally published by Disney/Hyperion and then updated 10 years later for Open Road Integrated Media. The updates included correcting references to outdated technology and freshening up the characters (so they won’t sound trendy or dated)–and of course, getting a new look and new covers. We even created a Madison Finn map showing downtown Far Hills! You can see it at the bottom of the section.


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#1: Only the Lonely (2001)

#2: Boy, Oh Boy (2001)

#3: Play It Again (2001)

#4: Caught in theWeb (2001)

#5: Thanks for Nothing (2002)

#6: Lost and Found (2002)

#7: Save the Date (2002) National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2002

#8: Picture-Perfect (2002)

#9: Just Visiting (2002)

#10: Give and Take (2003)

#11: Heart to Heart (2003)

#12: Lights Out! (2003)

#13: Sink or Swim (2003)

#14: Double Dare (2003)

#15: Off the Wall (2004)

Super Special #1: To Have and Hold (2004)

#16: Three is a Crowd (2004)

#17: On the Case (2004)

#18: Give Me a Break (2005)

#19: Keep It Real (2005)

#20: All That Glitters (2005)

Super Special #2: Hit the Beach (2006)

#21: Forget Me Not (2006)

#22: All Shook Up (2006)

Super Special #3: Friends till the End (2007)


For more on Madison, please click here.


Paperback Series


The Dessert Diaries

#1: For Emme, Baked with Love (Capstone Publishing, 2016)emme

#2: Maggie’s Magic Moon, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)maggie

#3: Kiki Takes the Cake, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)kiki

#4: Gabi and the Great Big Bakeover, (Capstone Publishing, 2016)gabi



Palace Puppies

#1: Sunny and the Royal Party (Disney, 2013)pup1

#2: Sunny to the Rescue (Disney, 2013)pup2

#3: Sunny and the Snowy Surprise (Disney, 2013)pup3

#4: Sunny and the Secret Passage (Disney, 2014)pup4


Monster Squad

#1: The Slime That Would Not Die (Grossett/Penguin, August 2009)MS slime

#2: Return of Mega-Mantis (Grossett/Penguin, August 2009)MS mega

#3: The Beast with 1000 Eyes (Grossett/Penguin, November 2009)MS beast

#4: They Came fom Planet Q (Grossett/Penguin, April 2010)MS robot


The Boy Next Door (Scholastic Candy Apple, Spring 2007)boynextdoor

Rewind: A Novel (Scholastic Point, Spring 2006)

rewindFrom Publishers Weekly Dower’s (From the Files of Madison Finn series) tale of teenage angst and lust centers on a high school love triangle. Cady loves music and Lucas; Lucas loves music and Hope; and Hope loves no one but herself. The book unfolds as a series of vignettes moving back in time from prom night in June, to the previous New Year’s Eve party, where Cady and Lucas, who has just moved to town, meet for the first time, and Hope makes her pitch to this hot new guy in their small community. The device of moving back through time, week by week, from the end to the beginning works to keep each chapter fresh, alternating among the points of view of the three main characters. The narrative maintains an immediacy that almost makes one forget how events turn out. Cady is the only really sympathetic character; Hope quickly reveals herself as a master manipulator, and Lucas intermittently gains readers’ sympathy through his interactions with Cady, then loses it when his obsession with Hope comes to the fore. Dower’s strong sense of high school woes and heartbreak make this a natural candidate for those awaiting the next Gossip Girl addition and its ilk. Ages 12-up.

For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being A Girl (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2008)for girls

I Will Remember You: What to do when someone you love dies (Scholastic Inc. 2001)grief

Real Teens: Diary of a Junior Year (6 books) (Scholastic/Teen magazine, 1999-2000)

The Powerpuff Girls…(Scholastic Inc. 2001)–11 titles in all, plus variety of formats/books on other licenses like Scooby Doo, Littlest Pet Shop, Shrek, Goosebumps

More than 30 other assorted diaries, guided journals, how-to and games including:

  • 101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up (Walter Foster/Weldon Owen, 2015)101 Thing To Do Before You Grow Up
  • Brainfood Doodle Mats: Vehicles (Silver Dolphin Press, 2015)
  • Daydreams and Doodles with Pablo Torrecilla (Tangerine Press, 2000)—700,000 copies sold






What some people say: “Taryn and Jeff have been best friends since their diaper-wearing days. Now that they are in the sixth grade, Taryn notices a change in Jeff. Sometimes he ridicules her when other students are near. She, in turn, gives him the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Jeff makes the soccer team and Taryn becomes a team leader for the school carnival. On the day of the carnival, Taryn is relieved when Jeff and his soccer buddies help her out of a jam. The next day, Taryn joins Jeff on his porch. As they head inside to play video games, Taryn trips and lands on Jeff. Jeff helps Taryn up, and the butterflies that she suddenly feels only subside when she reminds herself that they are just friends. Middle readers will find this adorable story fun to read. The chapters alternate between Taryn’s and Jeff’s point of view. Dower’s story demonstrates how best friends are able to resolve their problems. Besides friendship, Dower addresses crushes, annoying siblings, peer pressure, and self-confidence. This title is a good choice for preadolescent girls and boys, even if their best friend does not live next door.”                                   –Childrens Literature

Rewind: A Novel

What it’s about:

What it looks like:

Monster Squad

#1: The Slime That Would Not Die

#2: Return of Mega-Mantis

#3: The Beast With 1000 Eyes

#4: They Came From Planet Q

From the Files of Madison Finn

#1: Only the Lonely

#2: Boy, Oh Boy

#3: Play It Again

#4: Caught in the Web

#5: Thanks for Nothing

#6: Lost and Found

#7: Save the Date

#8: Picture-Perfect

#9: Just Visiting

#10: Give and Take

#11: Heart to Heart

#12: Lights Out!

#13: Sink or Swim

#14: Double Dare

#15: Off the Wall

#16: Three is a Crowd

#17: On the Case

#18: Give Me a Break

#19: Keep It Real

#20: All That Glitters

#21: Forget Me Not

#22: All Shook Up

Super Special #1: To Have and To Hold

Super Special #2: Hit the Beach

Super Special #3: Friends till the End

For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being A Girl

I Will Remember You: What to do when someone you love dies

Real Teens: Diary of a Junior Year (Books #1— #6)

1999 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers






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41 thoughts on “Kid’s Books

  • ilana

    plz make a bigfishbowl
    it wuld b so much fun 2 have a key pal like madison hada vicky aka bigwheels

    p.s. i lurv ur books!!!!!!!!

  • ilana

    plz make a bigfishbowl
    it wuld b so much fun 2 have a key pal like madison hada vicky aka bigwheels

    p.s. i luv ur books!!!!!!!!

  • kaitlyn

    i LOVEyour maddie finn books i am in the middle of the book play it again i have read these bo0ks to:only the lonley,boy,oh boy.
    yours till the gumdrops drops

  • notbob

    omg you need to write more madison finn books.
    also i agree with fabidoll you should make a 🙂

  • urock

    Heyy..i love ur books..!!
    and like everyone..i agree that you should make a bigfish bowl..
    it would be SOOOO COOLL to have a keypal like victoria a.k.a Bigwheels..
    I will be ‘happier than happy” if you do this for your fans across the world..!!!!

  • babygurl123luvmaddie

    i luv madison finn books i wish hart maddie fiona amiee and the others especially will phinny the dog maddies dad her dads friend her mom egg and posion ivy i wonder how hart really looks lik im in 5th grade and right now i am reading a super addition book its great #3 friends till the end

  • lovelylola

    I really love Madison Finn! Please make I would be happier than happy!
    Are you ever going to continue Madison Finn? I really would want you to. So many people can relate to what Maddie is going through. It would be cool if you made Grade 8 Maddie, because I’m going into Grade 8 next year. 🙂
    I’m reading #9 Just Visiting. (I read them out of order.) xD

  • iluvfinnbooks

    oh my gosh it’s so weird how everyone loves the madfinn books cuz I luv them 2!
    i’m almost done with boy oh boy and its awesome but I wish aimee won not ivy! but i still <3 the maddie books!

    yours till the cotton candies!

  • katie

    i love all the madison finn books i’ve read so far and ever since i’ve heard of big fish i wanted to sign up!

  • archie

    I luv the book of madison finn.they are all interesting,,,especially the story about all shook up… i love the ending when hart kissed madison….

  • Mariam

    i am one of your biggest fans i love all of the madison finn series i will get them all 🙂

  • joseph

    hey i like your books the best of them all are off the wall. i agree you should make a bigfishbowl for us. we talk t2 people all ova the world like madison talked t2 bigwheels.

  • Kelly

    R u going to write more Madison Finn or it ended? ‘Cause i want to find out. Can you The Boy Next Door 2? It just a suggestion. I really love your books. I love all your books especially The boy next door. I really wish you will write The Boy Next Door 2.

  • Joanny

    PLZZZZZ MAKE THE NXT BOOK OF FROM THE FILES OF MADISON FINN I LOVE SERIES AND THIS IS MY BEST YET I REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEN AFTERR MADISON FOUND OUT ABOUTT HARTT can u make lik an extra EXTRA SUPER EDITION #1 i read all of them in just 5 days and the special edition ones i finish each one in a day i got addicted on readin cause i lik bookss tht r lik actually real lif it will b superr if u made the comtinuous book madison goin to 8 th grade plzzz

  • OneWhoRemembers

    Haha I remember reading the Madison Finn books in the 4th and 5th grade . . . I used to love them! I basically read like two a day until I finished them all and then just reread my collection over and over again. I’m a sophomore (1oth grade) now and I just saw one of the books in my library and remembered how much I looked up to Madison Finn and decided to google the series. Ah, good times.

  • SassyBlue3

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez make bigfishbowl! I have always wanted to register for that. It would be AWESOME!

  • Maria

    Hi! =) I from Russia. I very much like books about Medison Finn. They are fantastic! In their Russia only 15.

  • Someone secret

    OMG seriously your madison finn books rock!!!! i haave the WHOLE series and i have read each one twice

    plz plz plz make new ones and ship them to jakarta (where i live) because we dont get the rest of the series hereee,,,, its sad,,..please!!!

    i love the way you writekeep up the good workk!!! :))))

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  • halla magd mossad

    i like your madison finn books they are amazing i am now in capter 2 of all that glitters it is going on so good but i hate stories with boyfriends and like kissing in the mouth

    love from
    halla magd mossad

  • MariamE

    OH GOSH! Maddie is just like me and mostly faces lots of problems like me tell u wt it totally helps me pass the day 🙂
    pls continue writing from the files of Madison Finn series
    i plead from all my heart & ya pls make a bigfishbowl
    yours till the websites 😀

  • Bree Foss

    I’m reading the Madison Finn book. AMAZING!!! It’s my favorite book! Please make a real! It would be awesome to go on bloggerfishbowl, too!

  • Mackaroni

    Your awesome, I am 10 going on 11 in 16 days, I just got your book at the scholastic book fair. I am so glad I did. I have read 58 pages in just 2 hours. Bring it on, I want more….. Thank you for being an author for me….

    Mackaroni 123

  • Sammie

    Hi! I am a 21-year old gal but I am an avid fan of the Madison Finn series ever since the books were released. I’m from the Philippines and it was a little bit harder to collect all the books but I was able to do it with the help of my godmother who lives in the US.

    I’m just wondering, have you ever thought of writing more Madison Finn books? Except maybe making them a little bit older like the Sweet Valley Twins series turning into Sweet Valley High? Just a suggestion because I would love to read more from the series. What I just do now is write fan fictions on what may possibly happen to them in the future. I post them in if you have time to read some of them.

    Thank you and keep writing please! 🙂

  • Amirah Ashraf

    im totally in love with the madison finn series !!! i think you should write more books on her going to 8th grade and so on … i actually came here to look for the mad chat dictionary but where is it ?
    so please, laura dower if you see this, PLEASE MAKE BIGFISHBOWL.COM SO I CAN GET OFF FACEBOOK AND GO THERE 😀 <3

  • Skyl Jones

    I love your books but most of the books are hard to find.
    Overal I love then.

    4 stars

  • Skyl Jones

    So please, Laura Dower if you see this, PLEASE MAKE BIGFISHBOWL.COM SO I CAN GET OFF SnapChat AND GO THERE 😀 <3