Her first novels were for adults. Spilling Clarence, 2003, was about a small town suddenly afflicted with a flood of memory. The Disapparition of James, 2004, concerned the effect on his family of the disappearance of a small boy during a stage magic trick.
Breadcrumbs, a middle-grade novel published by Walden Pond Press, was released September 27, 2011. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and of the things we leave behind.
Ursu has also written a trilogy for middle-grade readers, the Cronus Chronicles, (published by Atheneum), involving two cousins' adventures in the realms of Greek mythology. The individual titles are The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire.
She published another middle-grade fantasy in 2013, The Real Boy.
- Spilling Clarence, Hyperion, 2003—Winner of the 2003 New Voice (first-time author) award from the Minnesota Book Awards.
- "The President's New Clothes," Politically Inspired, MacAdam/Cage, 2003
- The Disapparation of James, Hyperion, 2004. As recommended by Nancy Pearl in More Book Lust.
- Breadcrumbs, HarperCollins, 2011.
- The Real Boy, Walden Pond Press, 2013
- Articles in the Washington Post Book World, the StarTribune, on Salon.com, and ESPN.com
The Cronus Chronicles
- The Shadow Thieves, Atheneum, 2006.
- The Siren Song, Atheneum, 2007.
- The Immortal Fire, Atheneum, 2009.
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