Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner. This book is very "Matilda"-ish. Emily, a baby found in a hat box, is adopted by a quite fashionable couple. When the couple have their own triplets, Emily becomes the housekeeper, nanny and laundress - all at the tender age of 6 (?). Luckily, Emily's neighbors, a pleasant old woman and a large tortoiseshell cat, help Emily get her work done and teach her to read and write - in four languages - including Middle English. An accident, a daring escape and lots and lots of brightly colored bunnies add up to truly magical adventures.
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire - An imprisoned monk tells a tale of swapped identities, witches, firebirds, ice dragons and Tsars. Historical fiction meshes with Russian folklore in this cautionary tale. It's hard to do this book justice in a few sentences.
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Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi. Baseball, hard boiled detectives and Joe McCarthy tangle with each other in this page turner. I loved it. Avi draws the period so well in this book, the mistrust, the bullying, the radio shows, the family drama. I think I will buy this book.
Where Things Come Back By John Corey Whaley. Just exactly what the large reputedly extinct woodpecker, the Lazarus bird, has to do with the other events in this book is a mystery to me. No matter. In the space of one summer, 17-year-old Cullen has to identify the body of his druggie cousin, figure out what to do with very attentive girls, and search for his suddenly missing younger brother. It is Gabe's disappearance that absorbs the reader's attention against the backdrop of Lazarus Bird mania. The way Whaley plays with timelines of different people's stories kept me turning pages.
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy. Although this appears to be fourth-grader, Eli's, story, his three brothers get a lot of attention as well. This family of four adopted boys and two loving fathers deals with new schools, fractured friendships, secrets and grouchy neighbors in this fun family novel.
And I think there was another book!. More later.