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The Moon Over High Street
by Natalie Babbitt


Overview - The new novel by author of "Tuck Everlasting." Joe Casimir needs help with the choice he has to make. Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knows exactly what he wants Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren't they?  Read more...

 
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Overview
The new novel by author of "Tuck Everlasting." Joe Casimir needs help with the choice he has to make. Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knows exactly what he wants Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren't they?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545376365
  • ISBN-10: 054537636X
  • Publisher: Michael Di Capua Books
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 148
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-01-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

When 12-year-old Joe Casimir’s grandmother breaks her hip, his summer starts with a bus trip to a distant relative. Joe doesn’t even know Aunt Myra, but he goes in order to please his grandmother, who raised him after his parents died. Once Joe arrives in Midville, Ohio, his outlook improves. Aunt Myra confides that she always hoped he might come to live with her, and Beatrice, a friendly (and pretty) girl Joe’s age, lives across the street. Most significantly, he has a chance encounter with Midville’s richest citizen—Anson Boulderwall, a Polish immigrant turned manufacturing millionaire. Boulderwall, 71, has no one to take over his lucrative factory, and he rashly settles on Joe as his heir apparent (based on little more than Joe’s Polish surname), writing Joe’s grandmother to announce his intentions to begin adoption proceedings. Joe’s feelings about this offer are conflicted, but he’s allowed to make his own choice. There are some lovely moments (especially Joe’s relationship with Aunt Myra), but the implausible plot line, a too neat resolution, and characters that are largely well-worn types don’t give readers enough to be invested in. Ages 10–14. (Mar.)

 
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