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The inimitable Waldo journeys to the glamorous world of Hollywood to take his place amid the casts of thousands in some of the movie capital's most famous cinematic epics. Reprint.
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Lesley Howarth's first book, The Flower King, was shortlisted for both the 1993 Whitbread Children's Novel Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. It was followed by MapHead, which won the 1995 Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award and was also Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal that year. Weather Eye, her third novel, won the Smarties Book Prize (9-11 Category). Among her other books are The Pits (winner of the 1997 UK Reading Association Award) MapHead 2 and Mister Spaceman, as well as two stories for younger readers, Fort Biscuit and The Squint. Lesley has three daughters and lives with her husband in Cornwall in a house that they built themselves.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-It is 1999 and the weather has gone crazy. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and meteor showers threaten an increasingly worried population. On the coast of England, a violent windstorm sends a piece of farm equipment flying into 13-year-old Telly's head, nearly killing her. When she awakes she has changed mentally, sensing things that others do not and having a clear vision of what must be done. Through local meetings and a worldwide-computer network, she organizes her fellow Weather Eye observation club members to try to calm the planet's turbulent forces through meditation. This makes them feel better but may or may not be helping the situation. In the absence of her parents, Telly is left with her boisterous little brother and her colorful Australian uncle, from whom she tries to conceal the fact that she is radically transformed and is in fact hearing the voice of a dead neighbor. Eventually she feels the change leave her and she basks in her returned normalcy, as the weather begins to improve. There are minor things here to quibble about: Howarth makes the common mistake of identifying 1999 as the last year of this millennium (it's 2000); most of the young male characters blur together as indistinguishable crude teenage boys; and the lack of a climax or firm resolution, while realistic, may leave some readers feeling cheated. However, there is gentle humor in the little brother's antics, neat computer stuff, and the descriptions are vivid.
Lyle Blake Smythers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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Book Description Candlewick, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111564026167
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