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The Mayor of Central Parkby Avi
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Life is good for Oscar Westerwit. He's the mayor of Central Park — the greatest place on earth for the squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and other animals who live there. He's the shortstop and manager of his baseball team. What could be bad?
Plenty! Big Daddy Duds, jewel thief, all-around thug, and leader of rats, is about to take over the park. And when he does, the other animals who live there will be turned out of their homes. Everyone looks to Oscar to save the day, but he may not even be able to save himself. . . .
"With Newbery Medalist Avi (Crispin: The Cross of Lead) at the helm of an over-the-top romp set in 1900 New York City, 'you got yourself a story busting to trot itself up Broadway like a tap-dancing centipede' (in the words of the omniscient narrator). The tale finds downtowner Big Daddy Duds, a baseball-loving jewel thief of a rat (the kind with whiskers and a tail), deciding it's time to move up in the world ('I like this here Central Park.... I like the green. Reminds me of money'). He and his gang soon take over, displacing the residents. Meanwhile Duds's independent-minded daughter Maud moves out ('It's time I strung my own beads') and falls in love with the squirrel Oscar Westerwit, mayor of Central Park and shortstop for the Central Park Green Sox. With traitors in both camps, double-crosses and plenty of intrigue, the action hurtles toward a turf war, but out-ratted and out-gunned, Oscar's rebellion is short-lived. It's up to Maud to propose a solution — a showdown game between the Green Sox and the Downtown Duds for possession of the park ('Anybody makes an error, I'll shoot him,' Duds tells his team). The tough-talking prose would do any old gangster movie proud (Dud's players are 'as nervous as a dime standing on edge'). If only James Cagney were available for the audio. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Avi is the author of more than sixty books, including Crispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, and Crispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recently The Seer of Shadows. He lives with his family in Colorado.
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