Michael de Guzman


Works


Melonhead

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2002. The paperback and ebook editions are available at Amazon, Createspace, Nook, and other sites. Also available as a paperback in Spanish.

Sidney T. Mellon, Junior's head is round and much too large for his pencil thin body. A cantaloupe comes to mind. So does the name, Melonhead. What chance does he have looking like this and yo-yoing between divorced parents? No wonder he gets on a bus and heads for New York City, "As far away as he could get." So begins a journey of self-discovery that takes him from Seattle to Los Angeles to New York to a small town in Rhode Island where he confronts his grandmother, who wants nothing to do with him. All Sidney wants is a place to live. (A New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age)

Melonhead has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French and Japanese.

Cosmos DeSoto and the Search for Gomez Moxley

Published in 2015, it is available in paperback, and as an ebook from Amazon, Createspace, Nook and other sites.

This time Cosmos' imagination has him handling two cases at once. He's on the hunt for Gomez Moxley, author of the Benny Lemon books, who has been missing for a long time, and he's searching for the blackmailers who are after the movie star, Symphony Fairchild. In the real world, Cosmos and his mother take the train the visit Hank and Hasty in New Mexico, a trip that changes both their lives.

Searching for a Place to be

Published in October of 2014 this novel is available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon, Createspace, Nook and other sites.

An old, abused dog runs to save herself. A thirteen-year-old boy witnesses a murder and runs for his life. A combat veteran hides from the world and himself. This is about how the three of them come together in a forest in the northwest, and how they help each other take their first steps back into the world

Cosmos DeSoto and the Case of the Giant Steel TEETH

Published in 2012, it is available in paperback and as an ebook at Amazon, Createspace, Nook and other sites.

In the real world, Cosmos DeSoto is a twelve-year-old boy who lives with his mother, Viva. When he's not at school, he helps her with the catering business she's desperately trying to keep alive. When he's not doing either of those, he's buried in his imagination, leading his other life, that of Cosmos DeSoto, private detective. When Viva is hired as a last minute replacement to provide food for the crew of a movie, Cosmos is off on his greatest adventure. While he works with his mother on the real film, his imagination takes him into the fantastic world of the movie, TEETH, when the star hires him to protect her life.

Finding Stinko

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2007. It is available in hardcover and as an ebook.

Newboy is a lifelong product of the foster care system. He hasn't spoken in three years. To save himself he runs away in search of something better. Along the way he acquires a beat-up ventriloquist's dummy (through whom he finds his voice), his first friends, and hope.(A Bank Street Best Book of the Year)

The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (Revisited)

First published by Dell in 1982, this revised version is now available as a paperback and ebook on Amazon, Createspace, Nook and other sites. In 2002 the movie version was aired on the Hallmark Channel. It starred Kristen Bell, Tim Matheson, Sean Young and Edward Asner.

Fifteen-year-old Alison Dodge decides it's time to get to know the father who abandoned her many years ago. She writes that she wants to spend the summer with him. He replies that she can, but wonders why. He lives on an island. She won't like the way he lives. He attempts to dissuade her. He fails. The summer is a struggle for both of them. She brings her anger. He resists her in every way he can. The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay is about two people fighting their way to a relationship.

Growing Up Rita

Published in 2011 as a paperback and ebook. It is available at Amazon, Createspace, Nook, and other sites.

Rita Martinez was born in the United States to Alicia, who came here illegally. When her mother is caught up in an immigration raid and they are separated, Rita must find the resources that will allow her to survive while she tries to get her mother back. Available in paperback and ebook at Amazon, Createspace, and other sites.


Beekman's Big Deal

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2004. The paperback and ebook editions are available at Amazon, Createspace, Nook, and other sites.

Beekman O'Day was born in Manhattan and has lived his whole life there, in hotels and apartments, wherever his father could afford. He's bounced from one private school to another. If he could have anything he wanted, it would be to stay in one place, to find some stability in this chaotic life. When they end up at Nutting Court, a mews filled with strange and eccentric residents, he begins to believe that this might be the place. Then his world gets turned upside down again. Top five political books for kids, New York Magazine)

The Bamboozlers

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2005. The paperback and ebook editions are now available on Amazon, Createspace and other sites..

Albert’s grandfather, Wendell, is a semi- retired career swindler with a final trick up his sleeve. The two of them, and a three-legged dog named Hollywood, descend on Seattle where they join up with some of Wendell’s former colleagues to con a con man who has it coming. (Publisher's Weekly starred review)

Die Schalwiner ("The Bamboozlers" in Germany) won the Lux award for April, 2011, for young people's literature.


Henrietta Hornbuckle’s Circus of Life

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2010. It is available as a hardback and as an ebook.

Henrietta’s life could be the envy of any kid. She’s never lived in a house or had to go to school. All she wants is to become a great clown like her father and for life to stay the same, the last thing it ever does. (Kirkus starred review)


Strangers The Story of a Mother and Daughter (Revisited)

Based on a CBS movie starring Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands, this is the story of two people overcoming the obstacles of their bitter past. The movie aired on Mother's Day, 1979, the same year the book was originally published. The author published this revisited edition in January, 2016.

Books for young and teen readers, and their parents.

A journey of self-discovery that takes Sidney, a boy with an enormous head on a pencil thin body, on a bus trip across America.
Once again, Cosmos splits his time between reality and his imagination. With far reaching results.
A dog, a boy and a man save each other's lives.
Cosmos DeSoto takes on his toughest case, when he's hired to protect the star of the movie in his mind, TEETH.
A mute runaway boy finds a ventriloquist’s dummy and rediscovers his own voice.
Fifteen-year-old Alison spends the summer with the father who abandoned her many years earlier. Theirs is a story of rejection and acceptance. The struggle to achieve a relationship.
Rita Martinez is separated from her mother in an immigration raid and must find the courage and skills to survive while she tries to find her and get her mother back.
Beekman and his father have moved a dozen times in his brief life in Manhattan. He's been to nearly that many schools. All he wants in life now is to stay in one place.
Albert’s dream of adventure comes true when Wendell, the grandfather he’s never met, shows up unexpectedly and they go off together on an unexpected journey.
Henrietta must find the courage to confront change and tragedy when her perfect world is turned upside down.
Adult readers
A daughter and mother fight their way to a relationship.

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