Books by Bill Harley

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Charlie Bumpers vs. the End of the Year will be out in Spring 2019. Join our email list to get updates.

Charlie Bumpers

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Teacher of the Year

“Into this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you.”
Kirkus Reviews

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Teacher of the Year

Sometimes people can surprise you!
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Really Nice Gnome

“A storyteller with an uncanny sense of elementary school humor, Harley has penned a worthy sequel to Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year.”
Kirkus Reviews

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Really Nice Gnome

Mwa-ha-ha-ha!
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Squeaking Skull

“Life is the best teacher, and if Charlie can survive all the troubles that come his way, maybe others can too.” Kirkus Reviews

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Squeaking Skull

“I know I'm supposed to like scary movies — everyone talks about how great they are — but I don't.”
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Perfect Little Turkey

“There are lots of good things about Thanksgiving. Like no school. And my grandparents coming. And the stuffing my mom makes. And the rolls my grandmother always brings, which are the absolute best food on the planet.”

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Perfect Little Turkey

Will Charlie be able to see past his turkey of a cousin to understand the real meaning of family?
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Puny Pirates

“Master storyteller Harley scores again with fourth-grader Charlie Bumpers and friends as they suffer on a losing soccer team.” —Kirkus Reviews

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the Puny Pirates

Charlie, Hector, and Tommy trade their soccer dreams in for a candy bar fundraiser prize. What could go wrong with that plan?
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
His Big Blabby Mouth

Will Charlie’s newly unemployed dad still come to speak at school during Career Week? Fortunately, Mr. Bumpers has some very surprising plans of his own.

Charlie Bumpers vs.
His Big Blabby Mouth

“Maybe my dad could come in. And maybe he could do something cool. And maybe someday he’d be president of the company. Or maybe not. Sometimes I have a big blabby mouth.”
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Charlie Bumpers vs.
the End of the Year

“Narrated in a balance of warmhearted insight and wacky naiveté, Charlie’s life will resonate with readers trying to navigate the simple but realistic perils of elementary school.” —Kirkus Reviews

Charlie Bumpers vs.
the End of the Year

"As far as I was concerned, I could stay in fourth grade forever."
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Novels

The Amazing Flight
of Darius Frobisher

“A story of magical proportions, ...with threads of love, family, forgiveness and hope.” —Times Herald-Record

The Amazing Flight
of Darius Frobisher

One night, in his dreams, Darius climbed on the newly repaired bicycle and pedaled madly. The bike went faster and faster, and then, suddenly, Darius was in the air, pedaling over the houses and roads, looking down at the earth beneath him.
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Night of the Spadefoot Toads

“Harley's appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards.” Kirkus Reviews

Night of the Spadefoot Toads

This satisfying story explores the powerful impact of fifth-grader, Ben Moroney’s actions as he tries to save the a habitat of the elusive and endangered Eastern spadefoot toads.
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Picture Books

Sitting Down to Eat

“The lively counting tale evolves quickly in this zany account for elementary-level readers.” —Children’s Bookwatch

Sitting Down to Eat

A young boy's snacktime is interrupted by a visit from an elephant. As soon as he moves over to make room, they are joined by a tiger … and a hippo … and a big blue whale … and soon a full menagerie, each insisting there's room for one more.
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Dirty Joe the Pirate,
A True Story

“It's a funny read for would-be pirates - especially those with older sisters.”
The New York Post

Dirty Joe the Pirate,
A True Story

The dreaded Dirty Joe and his piratical crew sail in search of the smelliest treasure ever: dirty socks! The rogues cheerfully pillage their way across the seven seas, until the day they run across another band of pirates-one led by the notorious Stinky Annie. Has Dirty Joe finally met his match?
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Lost and Found

“A RECOMMENDED picture book for ages 4–8 that will not only help with confronting fears, but teaches that others aren’t always as they appear.” Boys to Books blog

Lost and Found

A little courage yields unexpected surprises when Justin visits the dreaded lost and found.
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