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Poor Rose has given up on being a flower girl. Then, finally, she gets her chance—at her mother’s wedding! Rose’s friends think this is great news; but Rose is not so sure. Rose has been taking care of her mom for years. She doesn't want—or need—a stepfather. Does she?
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Kathleen Leverich lives in Sommerville, Massachusettes and in Maine.In Her Own Words...
"Writing began for me as civil war. In 1953 at age five I penciled my first work: "K-a-t-h-y L." These painstakingly printed letters on a white index card earned me borrower's privileges at the Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Perot Memorial Library. With those privileges I planned to trounce my two-and-a-half-years-older sister (a world-class reluctant reader), just once, in something.
"That was my motivation. As an unexpected bonus I found I loved to read. Our house had a wraparound porch, a front stairway and a back, two fireplaces--one standard-sized, one straight from the Hall of the Mountain King. It perched atop the mightiest sledding hill in all of Riverside/Old Greenwich. In peak periods its shingled sprawl contained five of us kids plus Boots the cat, Shan the dog, two parakeets, two Siamese fighting fish--oops!--make that one, plus Mom and Dad.
"I read Grimm's Fairy Tales, Greek myths, Norse legends, and Nancy Drew. I discovered that printing those painstaking marks on paper was not only useful in the Sibling Wars, it was fun. Before I knew it, I was writing stories for school. At first the hope of a good mark served as a carrot. Then I made a discovery. I put pencil to paper, and connections I had never consciously made flowed from graphite onto yellow lined paper. I was astonished.
"At about this time I must have voiced my desire for some straw to spin into gold. My mother's announcement that gold-spinning--and every other form of magical transformation-was "just a story" rocked me to my soles.
"Not long after, Mr. Ives the Sunday School teacher "leveled" with my classmates and me. Behind every miracle lay a grounded-in-science explanation. Aberrant tides had caused the Red Sea to part. Cana's wedding guests had imagined water tasted like wine. This was scandalous news. As I trudged up our steep driveway that day, I thought, Next someone will claim parrots can't talk.
"They mimic," said fifth-grade-teacher Miss Holmes the following Friday. She had paused in her read-aloud of Enid Blyton's Mystery Island to explain. "Yes, the parrot character can speak. But does he understand? No."
"This was the final straw. I made up my mind to show Miss Holmes-Mr. Ives--Mom--everyone, they were dead wrong. Following stints as a University of Southern California film student, a credit checker at a disreputable L. A. loan firm, a Lincoln Center tour guide, a slacker in Almunecar, Spain, as an editor at Cricket magazine, and as Addison-Wesley's children's books editor, that is what I set pencil to paper to do.
"In each book I attempt the same thing: to spin everyday events into the larger-than-life reality I can't prove but know is there. Serious story or comic, that's my aim. I get support in this endeavor from my larger-than-life husband, Walter Lorraine, and hints of a higher consciousness from Nikka, our great-hearted dog.
"I do my writing in the tiny office of our tall house on a teeming street in Greater Metropolitan Boston. And in an equally tiny office in our bright and airy house on a quiet point in Downeast Maine. My gracious older sister swears she reads every word."From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4?These series titles depict the continuing adventures of four fourth-grade girls, each of whom dreams of being in a wedding party. Heather has always been outspoken?until she is asked to be a flower girl in her brother's wedding. Tom is marrying the wealthy Regina VonWelt, and Heather's friends have asked her to request that the bridal party follow the town's tradition of having the wedding photos taken in Pleasant Park. However, she is so stunned by the VonWelt's castle and servants that she is unable to inquire about the pictures. This results in lies upon lies to her friends, and she blurts out the truth in the middle of the ceremony. She realizes that keeping her friends is more important than trying to impress the VonWelts. Rose is not happy about her mother's marriage as she doesn't think they need anyone else. Also, since she's almost 10, she's too old and too big to fit into any of the flower-girl dresses she and her mother see in a wedding store. Finally, Mike and Rose have a heart-to-heart talk, and he takes her shopping for a truly grown-up dress. These stories are very slight, and characterization is minimal. The concept is contrived, but it does fit in perfectly with the dreams and interests of many young girls. Barely average fare for beginning chapter-book readers.?Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110064420205
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