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Alley
     

Alley

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by Eleanor Estes, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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!

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Children's Literature
"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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613705257
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic Series
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children’s librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats—Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat—were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.
 

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Alley 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Vballsta23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books ever at a very good cost
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Thought this book was Great. I loved everything about it. And I really enjoyed Reading It.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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