Books by Beatrice Bowles

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Spider Secrets: Stories of Spiders

A Harmony Hill storybook illustrated with woodcuts by Philip Kuznicki.
Five lively traditional tales starring wise, witty, and sometimes silly spiders.

  • The Lost Spear (South Africa)
  • The Spider Maiden (Japan)
  • How the Sun Came (Cherokee)
  • Anansi’s Hat Shaking Dance (Africa)
  • The First Rainbow (Acomawi, N. California)


“Beatrice’s stories are lively, witty, and chock full of fun!”
Dixie Sheridan – Powerhouse Theatre, Vassar College, NY

The Lost Spear
The First Rainbow

A Ring of Riddles: my YA eco-occult thrillers

A Ring of Riddles: my YA eco-occult thrillers

Greta Grabhorn may appear to be a timid eighth grader, but she is not. Even Barbe-Tort, the evilest man in France, proves no match for her startling powers. When Greta inherits a peculiar ring from Gaya, her French-American grandmother, she inherits a mission far beyond her reach, as well. Possession of the ring sets her on a collision course with the villainous Barbe-Tort-Gaya’s assassin, Greta suspects. The ring is key to Gaya’s ambitious plan to save what is left of nature, but the plan itself remains a mystery. During a stay with her quirky French aunt Tia, Greta’s emerging powers with the ring are put to the test at night in the streets of Paris. On skates! But is that Barbe-Tort she spots in the crowd?

“I read your enchanting A RING OF RIDDLES this afternoon. I am totally dazzled. It’s vivid, endearing, smart, filled with suspense and great characters. A lovely read. I liked the way you sketched out the omelette, the croque monsieur, the frisee salad, and the creme brûlée -I could crack that sugar shell this moment. You have nailed it. Is it YA for 13 year olds-or for 69 year olds such as I? You’ve done a noble job. It will be a best seller. I am in such a happy mood after reading your book. It’s priceless, just like the ring.”
Peggy Knickerbocker – Winner of the 2017 James Beard Award & Author of “Simple Soirees and Olive Oil: From Tree to Table”


“A RING OF RIDDLES by the vibrant author Beatrice Bowles will shoot colorful sparks into the imaginations of young readers. The story pulses with magic, movie stars, mayhem, and an exotically wonderful godmother, Tia, who mentors our young heroine Greta as she discovers her own gifts. In the streets and a night circus in Paris, and on a private island in Brittany, Greta battles villains to defend her grandmother’s ring and her own destiny. As she searches out allies, Greta finds the greatest power of all lies within herself. A RING OF RIDDLES not only will entertain and delight but will empower bright young women to call upon their own ancestral strengths when they most need them.
Louella Bryant – Author of “The Black Bonnet”


“A RING OF RIDDLES is the most enjoyable YA book I have ever read! It’s a delight to find a young girl protagonist who is intelligent, self-driven, and enchanting (Greta is not a girlie-girl under any circumstances!) Her quest to take on one of the greatest evils that threaten the world should inspire girls everywhere. The story is also full of fun and magic that transports us into realms of fantasy. It’s irresistible!”
Alev Lytle Croutier – Author of “Harem: The World Behind the Veil” and “Leyla: The Black Tulip”


“It seems to me you have a winner. I am a big fan of the goddesses-replaced-by-warriors version of mythology (especially from Robert Graves) and so I particularly enjoyed how well you articulated that point.
Jane Gillette – Author of “The Best Gardens Ever Written”, “The Trail of the Demon” and other stories


“What an exciting, lively book not just for young adults but anyone who loves to read. A Ring of Riddles, by writer/storyteller Beatrice Bowles, leads us on a mythical coming-of-age adventure in the magical city of Paris, where history, art, and food flavor the drama. On roller skates in the streets at night, young Greta claims a mission for all of us, to preserve the planet and save our world.
Georgina Ritchie – Healer, Corporate and Personal Communications Expert


“A RING OF RIDDLES is a young-adult novel of great distinction that is filled with humor and remarkable derring-do. Not to be missed!”
Terence Clarke – Author of “The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro” and “New York”


“I just finished reading your delightful book, A RING OF RIDDDLES. As an adult, I was enthralled; I can imagine how magical it is to a younger reader!! The story offers a potpourri of exotic places, metaphysics, mythology, magic, fashion and feminism. So much fun!! This would make a marvelous movie, Bea, a blockbuster for the entire family.”
Elaine Sirois-Lucha – Fabric Designer