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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

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Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. Thats what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. Hes so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.
 
With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, Barbara OConnors newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find ones own adventures.

Review:

"With humor and authenticity, this beguiling tale of summer friendship mines the small, jewellike adventures of a rural childhood. Popeye (so named after a fateful BB gun accident) is utterly bored in rainy Fayette, S.C. But when a passing motor home gets stuck in the mud, he befriends one of its unruly inhabitants, a devil-may-care boy named Elvis. In the creek, the boys discover boats made from Yoo-hoo cartons that carry cryptic messages — — a mystery that launches the 'small adventure' of tracking down the boats' creator as well as Popeye's struggle between obeying his overprotective grandmother, Velma, and venturing out with his new friend. O'Connor's (How to Steal a Dog) easygoing, Southern storytelling crafts an endearing protagonist and irresistibly quirky cast. Velma recites the names of English monarchy to avoid 'cracking up' and teaches Popeye new vocabulary words, which surface comically in his observations ('Velma's appearance at the edge of the cemetery, arms crossed, face red, was definitely not serendipity. It was much closer to vicissitude'). Undercurrents of poverty and dysfunction are handled with gentle humor as Popeye discovers the magic of a little adventure. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, O'Connor's newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find one's own adventures.

Synopsis:

Something unexpected is about to happen this summer.

Synopsis:

Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. Thats what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean?

About the Author

BARBARA O’CONNOR has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, How to Steal a Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Greetings from Nowhere, a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book, and, most recently, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and currently lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374370558
Author:
Oconnor, Barbara
Publisher:
Frances Foster Books
Author:
O'Connor, Barbara
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Social Issues/Self-Esteem
Subject:
Self-reliance
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.61 x 5.23 x 0.695 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 176 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374370558 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With humor and authenticity, this beguiling tale of summer friendship mines the small, jewellike adventures of a rural childhood. Popeye (so named after a fateful BB gun accident) is utterly bored in rainy Fayette, S.C. But when a passing motor home gets stuck in the mud, he befriends one of its unruly inhabitants, a devil-may-care boy named Elvis. In the creek, the boys discover boats made from Yoo-hoo cartons that carry cryptic messages — — a mystery that launches the 'small adventure' of tracking down the boats' creator as well as Popeye's struggle between obeying his overprotective grandmother, Velma, and venturing out with his new friend. O'Connor's (How to Steal a Dog) easygoing, Southern storytelling crafts an endearing protagonist and irresistibly quirky cast. Velma recites the names of English monarchy to avoid 'cracking up' and teaches Popeye new vocabulary words, which surface comically in his observations ('Velma's appearance at the edge of the cemetery, arms crossed, face red, was definitely not serendipity. It was much closer to vicissitude'). Undercurrents of poverty and dysfunction are handled with gentle humor as Popeye discovers the magic of a little adventure. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, O'Connor's newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find one's own adventures.
"Synopsis" by ,

Something unexpected is about to happen this summer.

"Synopsis" by ,
Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. Thats what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean?
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