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In the tradition of the great detective novels, Henni keeps a journal of the events on Stella Street, recounted with a battalion of zany, 11-year-old truths and insights. When the Phonies move into 45 Stella Street, the neighborhood is in for a shake-up, explains Henni. Former occupant Auntie Lillie's open-door welcome becomes Mr. and Mrs. Phonies' magazine house of swanky new appliances. Keep Away! The Phonies, through their attorneys, launch an artillery of snottily outrageous letters at the freindly folks at 47 Stella Street, complaining about garbage, blocked driveways, and a magenta fence! Zev, Henni, Danielle and Frank feel as if the sun has stopped shining on Stella Street. When the kids are called in for questioning, they decide to do a little detective work of their own.
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Elizabeth Honey is an award-winning Australian writer and illustrator of poetry, picture books and novels for children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-This Australian import is narrated by 12-year-old Henni Octon. The residents of her street are a unique mix of people who have developed a strong sense of community. They are upset about the arrival of new neighbors who don't fit in with this eclectic, warm group. The newcomers turn the recently deceased Aunt Lillie's loving home into a stark, barren domicile; are nasty to the other residents; and seem to have mysterious business and social dealings. Soon, it also becomes clear that they are up to no good. After much spying and some consulting of the library shelves, Henni and her friends prove that the Phonies, as they are now called, are money launderers. The story has some regional vernacular, but it doesn't make the book any less delightful. The novel, written in the form of a journal, includes commentary on the action as it develops as well as black-and-white sketches. Capturing the impulsiveness of its preteen narrator, the story begins on the cover in her scrawling hand and continues onto the title page. The plot moves along smoothly and intensifies toward the end. Children will first be drawn to the book by its cover, and later admire the resourcefulness of this energetic group.
Lucy Rafael, The Center for Early Education, West Hollywood, CA
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Book Description Annick Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111550375156
Book Description Annick Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1550375156 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1575736