Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me

by Laurie Lawlor, Jane Kendall
     
 

There's no place like Luck, Wisconsin, in 1908.

Even a girl with as much pluck and imagination as Madeline "Moe" McDonohugh can't drum up much excitement in her small town. But the, suddenly, everything changes. First the gypsies storm into town and Moe thinks maybe they're her ticket to see the world.

Before she has a chance to run away, though, Lettie

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Overview

There's no place like Luck, Wisconsin, in 1908.

Even a girl with as much pluck and imagination as Madeline "Moe" McDonohugh can't drum up much excitement in her small town. But the, suddenly, everything changes. First the gypsies storm into town and Moe thinks maybe they're her ticket to see the world.

Before she has a chance to run away, though, Lettie adn Lulu, Mother's glamorous young cousins, come to visit. Moe hopes maybe they'll take her away -- until she discovers Lettie's terrible but fascinating secret.

And then father buys a Ford Model T, the first in town. This automobile will finally take Moe out of Luck -- and into the biggest adventure of her life!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A dreamer with an infectious sense of humor, 12-year-old Moe is the likable heroine of this first volume in the promising Heartland series. Lawlor (Addie Across the Prairie) sets the tale in a Wisconsin town in the summer of 1910, a period filled with minor calamities for the true-to-life McDonohugh family. Moe can take credit for the mishaps: although she has only the noblest of intentions, her plans invariably backfire-with results that will entertain the reader. Her father's expensive wax mannequin melts after she creates a special display for it in the sweltering front window of his dry-goods store; she summons a swarm of bees, which then attack her older sister; and her storytelling encourages her younger siblings to hide a valuable itemher visiting cousin's glass eyeball. Effectively conveying the changing times, Lawlor depicts Moe's mother's determination to be both "sensible" and thoroughly modern, a conflict that culminates in the novel's humorous concluding scenario, which has the family taking a disastrous camping trip in its brand-new Model-T, the first automobile in town. Take to the Sky, a follow-up to this fresh and funny novel, is due in September. Ages 8-11. (July)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Moe, a restless, imaginative girl in the early 1900s, is seeking adventure and excitement in the sleepy little town of Luck, WI. Her mother and older sister are controlling and overbearing, expecting her to act like a "little lady," while her two younger sisters constantly want to tag along on her expeditions. The theme in this series is the difficulty posed by living at a time when new, modern ways clash with the familiarity of old ways. In the first book, Moe finds herself in several embarrassing debacles involving a visit from two sophisticated older cousins and attempts to save her friend and confidante, the family's old horse, from being replaced by an automobile. The second book revolves around the fact that Moe and her best friend, a rather bohemian boy named Otto Price, build and fly an airplane, with disastrous results. The books are humorous and well paced, and young readers will identify with Moe and at the same time be intrigued by another time period. One confusing note: in the first book, Moe is 12 and the year is 1910; in the second, she is 11 and the year is 1908. Despite this quibble, this looks like a promising series. Moe is reminiscent of Emily in Beverly Cleary's Emily's Runaway Imagination (Morrow, 1961), which takes place in the 1920s. Good choices for fans of historical fiction about spirited young girls.-Emily Kutler, Summit Free Public Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671537166
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/04/1999
Series:
Heartland Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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