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Peoples are strange!

The things they are doing and saying—sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads? And why so much saying, so much talking all the time day and night, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why so much? Why don't they be quiet?

In the ancient stone tower of the Casa Rosa, in a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been longtime enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Figs start flying, dogs start arfing, and the whole village begins to wake up. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.

This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness.

Review:

"As adept at writing fantasy as she is creating slice-of-life novels, Newbery Medalist Creech (Walk Two Moons) again works her magic, offering an offbeat tale set in a small village in the Swiss Alps. The narrator is an endearingly flawed angel, who has trouble with 'peoples' ' language ('I am supposed to be having all the words in all the languages, but I am not') as well as uncertainty about his (or her) mission ('Do the other angels know what they are doing? Am I the only confused one?'). When discovered by an energetic and imaginative child named Zola, the angel finally finds something more meaningful to do than 'floating and swishing' around the village ('Know and fix? How does Zola know these things?' thinks the angel). Working together, the two create small miracles, instilling compassion in villagers, bringing lonely people together and finding refuge for a group of orphan children hiding in the mountains. Uplifting and full of vibrant characters, this book shows that angels come in all shapes and sizes and can sometimes even be human. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Great Unexpected, The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061430954
Author:
Creech, Sharon
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Subject:
Angels
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Visionary & metaphysical
Subject:
Switzerland
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
People & Places - General
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.25 in 8.45 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As adept at writing fantasy as she is creating slice-of-life novels, Newbery Medalist Creech (Walk Two Moons) again works her magic, offering an offbeat tale set in a small village in the Swiss Alps. The narrator is an endearingly flawed angel, who has trouble with 'peoples' ' language ('I am supposed to be having all the words in all the languages, but I am not') as well as uncertainty about his (or her) mission ('Do the other angels know what they are doing? Am I the only confused one?'). When discovered by an energetic and imaginative child named Zola, the angel finally finds something more meaningful to do than 'floating and swishing' around the village ('Know and fix? How does Zola know these things?' thinks the angel). Working together, the two create small miracles, instilling compassion in villagers, bringing lonely people together and finding refuge for a group of orphan children hiding in the mountains. Uplifting and full of vibrant characters, this book shows that angels come in all shapes and sizes and can sometimes even be human. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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