Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mo Wren, Lost and Found - Tricia Springstubb

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray / Harper Colins
Pages:  256
Source:  Received a review copy from publisher
Genre:  Middle School, Realistic Fiction

From Publisher
The story continues in this eagerly awaited second installment
about eleven year old Mo Wren, her dad, and her little sister, Dottie (aka, the Wild Child). After
leaving cozy Fox Street, where she's lived her whole life, Mo finds her new home exactly what
she feared: different! East 213th Street is busy and unfriendly. Mo has trouble fitting in at her
new school. One thing after another goes wrong at the ramshackle restaurant her father bought,
and Shawn, the closest thing she has to a new friend, whispers that the place has a curse on it.
Only Dottie, with her new friends and pet lizard Handsome, is happy-and what does she know?
It's up to Mo to draw on her own courage and wits and help her family find its way home for

My Thoughts
This was the second  o Wren book  The first on was called “What Happened on Fox Street”.  I loved the character of Mo.  With her mother dead, she has taken on a more adult role in the family.  She has always loved living on Fox Street so when her father moves them and decides to open a restaurant she is less than thrilled.  She finds friends in the most unlikely place, the Laundromat.  She realizes how good her friends are as they help with her father’s endeavor.  Dottie almost seemed too good to be true.  She seemed happy all the time.  She sends people from her place over to help Mo’s father.  Dottie has been hiding something by overcompensating with her happiness and outlook.  Mo’s little sister seems to fit in easily and Mo resents it.  What Mo doesn’t realize is how much her sister looks up to her and relies on her.  This is a story that everyone can relate to on some level.  This is a book I loved and a book I was thrilled to put on my school shelves.

About the author:
Tricia Springstubb has been a Headstart teacher and a children's librarian. She also writes fiction
for younger children, and is a book critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The mother of three
grown daughters, Tricia lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio. She frequently visits schools,
libraries, and book clubs, and is available for free Skype visits with groups who have read her


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