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Cold & Hot Winter

Cold & Hot Winter

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Carolyn Ewing (Illustrator)

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What do you do when you think your best friend is a liar and a thief? "In this engaging sequel to The Hot & Cold Summer, Hurwitz again demonstrates what makes her books so popular....The dialogue is natural, the humor unforced and the fifth-grade perspective controlled and right on target."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.


What do you do when you think your best friend is a liar and a thief? "In this engaging sequel to The Hot & Cold Summer, Hurwitz again demonstrates what makes her books so popular....The dialogue is natural, the humor unforced and the fifth-grade perspective controlled and right on target."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Derek, Rory and Bolivia are reunited over the Christmas school break in this sequel to The Hot and Cold Summer. Bolivia's week-long return to New Jersey is joyously welcomed by her great-aunt and great-uncle, and her two favorite fifth-grade neighbors. The threesome pass their hours together playing games, ice-skating, building snowpeople (and moving them from one house to the other in the dead of night) and solving the mystery of the disappearances of Bolivia's new Swiss army knife, Derek's hamster and the money from his bank. Their friendship is tested by their mistrust of one another, which peaks when Derek's suspicions of Rory's dishonesty threaten to tear the trio apart. There is a logical explanation for everything, luckily, which leaves the door open for another satisfying sequel about these terrific friends. Ages 8-12. (September)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.61(d)
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Boxing Day

This year was special!

When Derek Curry went to bed on Christmas night, he felt the same wonderful anticipation that he had felt the night before. It had been exciting to lie in bed on Christmas Eve. He had heard the mysterious crackle of wrapping paper and the footsteps of his parents in the next room and wondered about the surprises waiting for him the next day.

But until now, Christmas night had always been a letdown. Even if he had received every gift he had ever wished for, and a few others besides, on Christmas night he knew that nothing exciting was going to happen in his life until his birthday on May 4.

Derek turned over in bed restlessly and thought about his best friend and almost-next-door neighbor, Rory Dunn. The two boys were in the same fifth-grade class at the Woodside Elementary School, and they did everything together. Chances were that Rory was in his bed at this very moment thinking the very same thoughts that he was.

Both boys had been counting the days u ntil December 26. Ever since their neighbor, Mrs. Golding, had told them that her great-niece, Bolivia, was coming to visit for a week during the winter recess from school, it was all theytalked about. Although Bolivia Raab was exactly their age, Derek and Rory would never have met her if she hadn't spent last summer visiting her relatives in Woodside, New Jersey. Bolivia lived in upstate New York and until her visit, the boys had never heard of her. Now, months after she returned home,they still talked about her all the time. Bolivia was unlike any girl they had ever known before.

Derek heard thecrackle of paper from the other side of his room. It wasn't his parents wrapping another gift for him. The sound was actually coming from one of his gifts. Derek had received a hamster in a cage from his parents. He couldn't wait to show off Hamlet to Bolivia the next day. He began counting what other things he had to show her. There were the new hockey skates that both he and Rory had gotten. (Their mothers often went shopping together.) He hoped Bolivia remembered to bring her ice skates.

He also hoped he would get a chance to spend some time alone with Bolivia. There was something important that he wanted to discuss with her. It was something he didn't want Rory to know he was going to talk about.

Bolivia was scheduled to arrive at two o'clock, and Mr. and Mrs. Golding had invited Derek and Rory to go to the airport with them. Derek had been to the airport a few times before. But he had never been in an airplane. When he had asked Bolivia last summer how many times she had flown to far-off places, she had not been able to say. Imagine flying more times than you could remember. And imagine that after so much traveling, Bolivia insisted that Woodside, New Jersey, was one of the best places she had ever been.

"Do you think she will have changed?" Derek whispered to Rory as they were driving toward the airport. They hadn't seen her for four months, and Derek worried that she might be different. Suppose they didn't like her anymore? Suppose she didn't like them?

Rory shook his head. "It's irrelevant," he said, using one of the big words that his father was always teaching him. "Even if she changes, she'll still be more interesting than anyone else we know."

"And more fun," said Derek, remembering their past adventures.

There was a lot of traffic around Newark Airport. "Look how many people are traveling," Mrs. Golding marveled. "I bet they are all going to Florida."

"Why does everyone want to go there?" asked Derek.

"They want to escape from the cold," said Mr. Golding. "I could use a bit of hot sun myself right now."

How silly grown-ups were, Derek thought. It was a cold day but that didn't bother him. Winter was supposed to be cold. And if they were lucky, they would get a couple of good snowstorms before the season ended.

Inside the waiting area, Mrs. Golding checked the flight board. "The plane is on time," she announced.

Derek had never even considered that it might be delayed. He had waited long enough for this moment. He could not bear waiting one minute more.

"Here I am!" Bolivia shouted as she pushed her way past the other passengers disembarking from the plane. She looked exactly as he remembered. Her red hair was poking out of a red-and-white woolen hat and she had a long red-and-white scarf hanging around her neck.

Mrs. Golding grabbed her great-niece in her a rms for a big hug. Then Mr. Golding had his turn. Derek and Rory stood by, grinning self-consciously. They were glad to see their friend but they certainly weren't going to express it the same way old people did.

Bolivia grinned at them. "Happy Boxing Day!" she announced.

"What's that?" asked Derek.

"In England, December 26th is a national holiday. In the old days people gave their servants money in little boxes on the day after Christmas. So it got to be called Boxing Day."

Derek had forgotten that Bolivia always knew odd pieces of information. She was a walking trivia game. At first it had been irritating, but after a while, he realized that she was also very interesting. He had picked up a lot of unusual information last summer.

"We've got boxes for you at home," said Rory. "But they don't contain money."

"I've got boxes for all of you, too," promised Bolivia. "It's fun to have Christmas presents two days in a row."

"Where's Lucette?" asked Derek as Bolivia claimed her luggage. Lucette was Bolivia's pet parrot. She had come to Woodside with her last summer.

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty popular books for young readers, including Faraway Summer; Dear Emma; Elisa Michaels, Bigger & Better; Class Clown; Fourth-Grade Fuss; and Rip-Roaring Russell, an American Library Association Notable Book. Her work has won many child-chosen state awards. A former school librarian, she frequently visits schools around the country to talk about her books. Mrs. Hurwitz and her husband divide their time between Great Neck, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.

Johanna Hurwitz is the author of over five dozen books for young readers. She is the recipient of many state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and the Garden State Children's Choice Award. She lives in Great Neck, NY, and Wilmington, VT.

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Cold & Hot Winter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. This is about these two boys and one girl. Their names are Derek, Rory, and Bolivia. Bolivia is visiting her aunt and uncle when she goes to Rory¿s house and her swiss army knife gets lost there. Did one of her friends steal it or did it just get lost? This is a great mystery for kids. I really thought every part of the book was great. I hope you read it.