Eth Clifford Family for Sale

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The youngest of five siblings, Sherm is tired of always being picked on and bossed around. With Mother away for two weeks, things get worse than ever. But enough is enough, and Sherm finally makes a declaration of independence that the whole family takes seriously.

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Eth Clifford's best-known title, Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library (1979), concerns a situation she would no doubt welcome. A passionate reader as a child, she became a dedicated author and editor with scores of her own titles on library shelves. Clifford was born on Christmas Day in New York City and moved several times as a child. She remembers learning to read in a one-room schoolhouse set in an apple orchard, and she discovered the public library when her family later moved to Philadelphia. At age sixteen, she met her future husband at a poetry reading in Brooklyn, and it was he who encouraged her to begin writing while he was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Clifford began with short stories and soon published her first adult
novel, Go Fight City Hall (1949), which was a Reader's Digest Book of the Month and was excerpted in humor anthologies. Clifford, her husband, and their daughter later moved to Indiana, where they lived for twenty years. While there, Clifford contributed to many social studies, science, and language arts textbooks for children, and this work eventually developed into her primary interest -- writing children's fiction. Clifford's books for children cover a wide range of ages and subject matter. Her youngest readers can match their sleuthing abilities against an animal detective in Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye (1990), handsomely illustrated by Brian Lies.
Middle-grade readers enjoy Clifford's deft combination of suspense and humor in a mystery adventure series of five novels about Mary Rose and Jo-Beth Onetree, the sisters who were first introduced in Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library, which won the 1982 Young Hoosier Award. Among the story's appealing elements are the believable relationship between the practical and responsible Mary Rose and her younger, very dramatic sister and the real sense of fear generated as the girls feel their way through the darkened rooms of the old mansion turned library. Subsequent adventures find the sisters sleuthing in such places as a ghost town and a shoe museum. All five books were illustrated by George Hughes. Clifford often incorporates interesting factual information into her humorous works. Children reading Harvey's Marvelous Monkey
Mystery (1987) have an opportunity to learn about the companion monkeys who are trained to perform useful services for their physically challenged owners. In The Rocking Chair Rebellion (1978), a book for teens that includes contemporary problems, a young girl finds herself involved with the distresses of the elderly when she volunteers to work for the aged. This book was made into an "ABC Afterschool Special." Some of Clifford's books are written with a simplicity of style coupled with an emotional resonance that appeal to readers of all ages. The Remembering Box (1985) is a quiet and beautifully told story of the legacy that a Jewish grandmother gives her grandson and the understanding between them that allows the boy to accept her death. Clifford once called her ambition the desire to "rival Scheherazade and tell one thousand and one stories." She has succeeded in creating a readership that looks to her for a variety of books, all with strong characterization, sensitive treatment of relationships, authentic detail, and wonderful adventure.

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Grade 3-6?While their mother is taking a much-needed respite from her demanding life as a daytime waitress and nighttime student, the Evers kids are fending for themselves. Libby, 17, (a.k.a. the Terrible Tyrant), has been left in charge of her four siblings, but faces insurrection at her every command. A benevolent grandfather, who lives in the family's garage apartment, watches but does not interfere. Eight-year-old Sherm is at the low end of the pecking order and must endure the others' scorn and bossy behavior. He finally rebels when his one true friend, his dog, is ordered out of the house. The two retreat and hide under the front porch. To the boy's surprise, his siblings are concerned about his disappearance and about his attitude toward them. As a result, they decide to cooperate without bickering and to respect Sherm's "declaration of independence." This realistic contemporary story tackles such tough issues as self-confidence, scheduling difficulties, and family loyalty. It has believable dialogue and an engaging cast of characters. Readers will appreciate Sherm's struggles and Grandpa's hands-off policy, which allows the kids to solve their own problems and to express their individual attitudes. Enjoyable contemporary fiction.?Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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