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In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, there is an alley that is the most beautiful place to live in the whole wide world. Or so Connie Ives believes. And because this alley just so happens to be the perfect location to sharpen one's swinging skills, hold practices for the Alley Conservatory of Music, and convict a burglar by trial, it looks like it might be the most exciting place to live as well!

Ten-year-old Connie, who lives in the Brooklyn neigborhood called The ...

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Overview

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, there is an alley that is the most beautiful place to live in the whole wide world. Or so Connie Ives believes. And because this alley just so happens to be the perfect location to sharpen one's swinging skills, hold practices for the Alley Conservatory of Music, and convict a burglar by trial, it looks like it might be the most exciting place to live as well!

Ten-year-old Connie, who lives in the Brooklyn neigborhood called The Alley, investigates a burglary with her friend Billy Maloon.

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"In the old days, they had Indians, wild animals, pirates and dragons. They had witches. Now—burglars. You have to take the bad along with the good." Such is the common sense, practical thinking of Connie Ives, age 10, the famous swinger in the alley. Any old alley usually conjures up images of garbage, decrepit homes, homeless people and animals, but not this alley. This alley is beautiful—an oasis for the residents on the campus of Grandby College in the heart of Brooklyn. The story is an account of life in this alley from mid-May to June one year. It is a story of mystery, trust, adventure and families, but mostly a story of friendships. Estes weaves the characters effortlessly into the tapestry of Connie's life at this age. From her southern grandmother, Nanny—to best friends Billy and Katy—to the "Bullet-head man"—the characters all make an impression on Connie and her life. The apex of this work is a burglary that happens in Connie's home and her own detective prowess to solve it. The book was originally written in a simpler era, and the thought of being involved in a burglary today may not be everyone's choice of reading escape. The flow is so gentle and the characters so calm in dealing with issues that a fear is never sensed in this novel. There is more a sense of solving a mystery and learning who you can trust, which makes for a pleasant read. Girls may enjoy this more than their male counterparts, but it would be a great choice for classroom as well as leisure reading. 2003 (orig. 1964), Harcourt, Ages 8 to 12.
— Elizabeth Young
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"Imaginative, whimsical, fresh, this is a story not to be missed."—Chicago Tribune

"Lively and amusing."—The New York Times Book Review

"Told with typical Estes spirit and humor: [this] is, as well, a good mystery."—Book Week

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Meet the Author

ELEANOR ESTES (1906-1988), a children's librarian for many years, launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941.

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Table of Contents

1 The View from the Swing 11
2 Connie Ives 22
3 Billy Maloon 33
4 Katy's Laws 47
5 Calm Days Before the Burglars 59
6 The Day of the Burglars 72
7 Arrival of the Police 81
8 Telling it to the Alley 93
9 Clues 102
10 Mr. Fabadessa's Slant 117
11 The Trial in the Circle 126
12 Bully Vardeer and the Bullet-Head Man 151
13 Winding Up the Trial 169
14 Casing--Just in Case 183
15 The Found Nickel 192
16 The J. I. Pencil 208
17 Alley Conservatory of Music 220
18 A Day of Importance 236
19 Where Billy Maloon Was 252
20 All Solved 267
21 May I Come in? 280
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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    WONDERFUL BOOK! DEFINITELY ONE OF MY TOP TEN!

    This book is truly remarkable. The author, Eleanor, one of my favorite authors, lived about in the 1950's so the story is old fashioned which in my opinion, is interesting to read about. The book is quite long, the text is tiny, so it's certainly good for a kid 8+, if your child can read a book thats about 200 pages without getting bored of it. A wonderful read.

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    Posted October 25, 2013

    Love it

    One of the greatest books ever at a very good cost

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    Posted July 8, 2004

    I Loved It

    I Thought this book was Great. I loved everything about it. And I really enjoyed Reading It.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    VERY COOL

    I loved this book. The idea of young kids being so smart for there age was relly something new and different

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