Joel Ross
Let me introduce


That’s me, introducing me. I write children’s books—mostly as Joel Ross, but occasionally as Joel Naftali or various other Joels.

I’m the author of an award-winning fogpunk adventure series that includes The Fog Diver and The Lost Compass, and of the tragically little-known Beast & Crown series. I cowrote the Army of Frogs trilogy, along with a bunch of other history-, STEAM-, and superhero-skunk-based novels.

However, I’m completely new to writing websites! Still, I think I’m doing a pretty great job withallthissogoma341el;ktja@df93m%n%w

For inquiries, email my agent Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates.

Cybils Award
Youth Literary Award
Texas Bluebonnet

Sixth-grader Alley Katz is innocently trying to help a bunch of kindergarteners when the burrito hits the fan.


A burrito. A ceiling fan. A hail of beans.

Now he has to get an A on his science test or he’ll be transferred to the dreaded Steggles Academy.

But an A is impossible! Alley is kind, intrepid, and well-liked, but for some baffling reason he doesn’t get graded on any of that. So the principal assigns a peer mentor to help: Rex, a fourth-grade genius who wears a bunny suit. 

Alley is totally in favor of both bunnies and fourth graders, but he doesn’t need Rex: he has his own foolproof plan to ace the test. Still, Rex is determined to fulfill his duty as Alley’s mentor—and he may need some help of his own.

One boy needs to stay in school, the other needs to get through it. Can this odd couple save the day—and each other?

(Illustrated by the illustrious Nicole Miles, who doesn't even break a sweat if asked to draw a picture of a robotic butt fighting an interstellar giraffe.)