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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

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Publisher Comments:

Franny longs for adventure but can't even do a cartwheel. Pru can do a cartwheel but prefers hiding under her quilt, making up safety tips. Cat has no use for safety tips but supposedly has ESP. And Ivy has had a seven-year string of bad luck—a Jinx that's about to get a whole lot worse.

They have nothing in common except for the name of their street. And the fact that they dislike one another. A lot.

The four are thrown together when a pair of mysterious ruby-red slippers turns up . . . along with the fashionably mad Cha Cha Staccato, who bears a frightening resemblance to a certain wicked witch. . . .

As hilarious as it is original, The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls is an unforgettable take on girlhood, piano recitals, The Wizard of Oz, and the dependable everyday magic of true friendship.

Review:

"Primavera (Auntie Claus) takes her time getting to the heart of her tale, narrated by a humorous yet disarmingly wise omniscient narrator. In the town of Sherbet, four girls ('all about ten or eleven years old') live on Gumm Street: prudent Prudence Gumm, bookish and severe; Franny Muggs, voyeur and daredevil; Cat Lemonjello, whose mother wrote a hipster version of the I Ching ('Darkness is coming at you, dude'); and Ivy Diamond, new to the neighborhood, whose broken-mirror-imposed seven years of bad luck are soon to be up. Ivy holds the key to the story; piano teacher Mr. Staccato (who claims to be 122 years old) tells her that she is the rightful heir of two red shoes — laced with mystical powers and tied to Hollywood's production of The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland fans will appreciate the coy use of her given name, Frances Gumm). When a fierce storm rips through town, the girls find themselves facing a wicked witch named Cha Cha who wants those shoes. From there it's a postmodern, surreal reworking of Baum's classic, significantly buoyed by the author's cheerful pen-and-inks, which recall the work of Jules Feiffer. In a nod to the Hogwarts hierarchy, the girls' school is divided into four houses, each named for one of the founder's favorite sandwiches, and instead of a sorting hat, a 'large glowing computer' puts the girls where they will 'find [their] unique talent.' Despite the author's overriding emphasis on humor, Primavera is at her best in occasional flashes of poignancy — as in the omniscient narrator's breathtaking passage about the emotional power of family heirlooms. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The unbelievable creatures the girls encounter on their trek to find the missing slipper makes this a page turning experience. The unending action moves the story along." Children's Literature

Review:

"Great fun in parts, ambitious and good-natured, with satire, invention and silliness." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

From the bestselling creator of Auntie Claus comes her novel debut. When Ivy and her mother move to a ramshackle house on Gumm Street, a mysterious pair of ruby red slippers turns up and sweeps away Ivy and her new neighbors: Pru, Cat, and Franny. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

For seven years, bad luck has followed Ivy around like a dog on a leash. Her father disappeared, her mother is a washed-up beauty-pageant winner, and now Viola and her mother have moved into a raqmshackle house on Gumm Street. Ivy's new neighbors-bookish Pru, stuck-up Cat, and wannabe adventurer Franny-are worse than unfriendly. But then a mysterious pair of ruby red slippers turn up, and the four girls are swept away...not to OZ, but to the jaw-droppingly strange lands of SPOZ, and SPUDZ, and OOZE, pursued by the fashionably mad Cha-Cha Staccato, who bears a frightening resemblance to a certain wicked witch....

Ages: 8 -12

About the Author

Elise Primavera has, like Ivy, suffered her fair share of jinxes in life and has found it helpful, like Cat, to consult the I Ching before making any important decisions. She often feels, like Pru, that the safest place in this danger-filled world is under a quilt with a good book. As Franny dreams of doing, she has made her mark in the world—but as a writer and illustrator of children's books and not as an explorer in the mold of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Among her many books are the national bestselling Auntie Claus and its sequel. This is her first novel, but it won't be her last, because like Hieronymus Gumm, she always likes to have the last word and is hard at work on another book about the Gumm Street Girls.

Elise Primavera has, like Ivy, suffered her fair share of jinxes in life and has found it helpful, like Cat, to consult the I Ching before making any important decisions. She often feels, like Pru, that the safest place in this danger-filled world is under a quilt with a good book. As Franny dreams of doing, she has made her mark in the world—but as a writer and illustrator of children's books and not as an explorer in the mold of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Among her many books are the national bestselling Auntie Claus and its sequel. This is her first novel, but it won't be her last, because like Hieronymus Gumm, she always likes to have the last word and is hard at work on another book about the Gumm Street Girls.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060569464
Author:
Primavera, Elise
Publisher:
HarperColl
Author:
Primave
Author:
ra, Elise
Author:
by Elise Primavera
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Baum, L. Frank
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060926
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 24.4 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Primavera (Auntie Claus) takes her time getting to the heart of her tale, narrated by a humorous yet disarmingly wise omniscient narrator. In the town of Sherbet, four girls ('all about ten or eleven years old') live on Gumm Street: prudent Prudence Gumm, bookish and severe; Franny Muggs, voyeur and daredevil; Cat Lemonjello, whose mother wrote a hipster version of the I Ching ('Darkness is coming at you, dude'); and Ivy Diamond, new to the neighborhood, whose broken-mirror-imposed seven years of bad luck are soon to be up. Ivy holds the key to the story; piano teacher Mr. Staccato (who claims to be 122 years old) tells her that she is the rightful heir of two red shoes — laced with mystical powers and tied to Hollywood's production of The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland fans will appreciate the coy use of her given name, Frances Gumm). When a fierce storm rips through town, the girls find themselves facing a wicked witch named Cha Cha who wants those shoes. From there it's a postmodern, surreal reworking of Baum's classic, significantly buoyed by the author's cheerful pen-and-inks, which recall the work of Jules Feiffer. In a nod to the Hogwarts hierarchy, the girls' school is divided into four houses, each named for one of the founder's favorite sandwiches, and instead of a sorting hat, a 'large glowing computer' puts the girls where they will 'find [their] unique talent.' Despite the author's overriding emphasis on humor, Primavera is at her best in occasional flashes of poignancy — as in the omniscient narrator's breathtaking passage about the emotional power of family heirlooms. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The unbelievable creatures the girls encounter on their trek to find the missing slipper makes this a page turning experience. The unending action moves the story along."
"Review" by , "Great fun in parts, ambitious and good-natured, with satire, invention and silliness."
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling creator of Auntie Claus comes her novel debut. When Ivy and her mother move to a ramshackle house on Gumm Street, a mysterious pair of ruby red slippers turns up and sweeps away Ivy and her new neighbors: Pru, Cat, and Franny. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , For seven years, bad luck has followed Ivy around like a dog on a leash. Her father disappeared, her mother is a washed-up beauty-pageant winner, and now Viola and her mother have moved into a raqmshackle house on Gumm Street. Ivy's new neighbors-bookish Pru, stuck-up Cat, and wannabe adventurer Franny-are worse than unfriendly. But then a mysterious pair of ruby red slippers turn up, and the four girls are swept away...not to OZ, but to the jaw-droppingly strange lands of SPOZ, and SPUDZ, and OOZE, pursued by the fashionably mad Cha-Cha Staccato, who bears a frightening resemblance to a certain wicked witch....

Ages: 8 -12

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