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The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jesterby Barbara Oconnor
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Owen Jester wishes his family hadnt moved to his grandfathers house after his dad lost his job. For one thing, his grandfathers live-in nurse sure knows how to ruin anyones idea of a good time. And then theres Viola, the girl next door, who cant ever mind her own business. She even thinks Owen should put his freshly captured bullfrog back into the pond. Then late one night, Owen hears a curious noise when the train passes by his grandfathers house. Something mysterious and wonderful has fallen off the train. When Owen finally discovers what it is, he realizes he just might need a know-it-all after all. But can he trust Viola keep the most fantastic secret to ever tumble into Carter, Georgia?
"'Owen Jester tiptoed across the gleaming linoleum floor and slipped the frog into the soup.' This opening line, like much of O'Connor's storytelling, strikes with lightning-fast characterization. Owen is a lovable troublemaker, whose prank involves his new catch, Tooley, 'the biggest, greenest, slimiest, most beautiful bullfrog ever to be seen in Carter, Georgia.' The main plot is Owen's discovery of the Water Wonder 4000, a two-person submarine that has fallen from a passing train. A gentle, old-fashioned adventure unfolds, as Owen and his friends scheme to keep the sub under the radar of adults--and neighborhood know-it-all Viola. As with O'Connor's The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis, this is the sweet stuff that children's summer days are made of (or used to be)--crafting grandiose plans, dodging adults' watchful eyes, and navigating the choppy waters of friendship. A rift occurs as Owen is torn between his Viola-hating friends and this helpful girl whose 'irritating voice slithered up... and circled around Owen.' O'Connor's funny, triumphant tale reveals the wisdom of listening to one's inner voice over the noise of one's peers. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
With her trademark wit and charm, O'Connor ("How to Steal a Dog") spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and a superbly slimy bullfrog.
Once youve finally captured the most enormous frog in Carter, Georgia, what exactly are you supposed to do with it?
An amazing secret has tumbled off a freight train into Carter, Georgia, and Owen Jester is the only person who knows about it. If he can simply manage to evade his grandfathers snappish housekeeper, organize his two best friends, and keep his nosy neighbor, Viola, at bay, he just might be in for the summer of a lifetime. With her trademark wit and easy charm, Barbara OConnor spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and superbly slimy bullfrogs.
About the Author
Barbara O'Connor has written numerous books for young readers, including How to Steal a Dog and, most recently, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis. She lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
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