Exiles in Love

Exiles in Love

by Hilary McKay
     
 

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Love is in the air

Romantic love enters the lives of the four Conroy sisters when Ruth develops a crush on the school bus driver. Next she finds herself pining for Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, smitten with the Temporary English teacher (to whom sister Naomi is attracted as well), and infatuated with Alan Adair from the

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Love is in the air

Romantic love enters the lives of the four Conroy sisters when Ruth develops a crush on the school bus driver. Next she finds herself pining for Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, smitten with the Temporary English teacher (to whom sister Naomi is attracted as well), and infatuated with Alan Adair from the butcher's shop.

Meanwhile, the younger girls have other things on their minds as Rachel longs to become May Queen and Phoebe practices to become an international spy. But when Big Grandma arranges for Philippe, a French boy, to stay with the Conroys, will all the girls fall head over heels for his charms?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The third Exiles novel is as witty as its predecessors; here, the four Conroy sisters, ages eight through 15, succumb to the "family failing"--love. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
This sequel to The Exiles, and The Exiles at Home, find the sisters infatuated with everyone, including the school bus driver and the visiting French boy. Whether they are rescuing hedgehogs or plotting to see that their sister, Rachel, wins the May Queen competition, the Conroy sisters are sure to charm and delight their readers. The English setting and vocabulary might be a bit disconcerting for an American audience, but only at first. The strong bond between the sisters and their parents makes The Exiles in Love an enjoyable read.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Readers who have been captivated by these British sisters in The Exiles (1992) and The Exiles at Home (1994, both McElderry) will be delighted by this next installment of their madcap saga. Ruth, Naomi, Rachel, and Phoebe Conroy are growing up-as evidenced when they succumb to what their grandmother terms "The family failing." Though she makes it sound like an inherited characteristic like freckles, this failing is, in actuality, the tendency to fall in love, as Big Grandma puts it, "Impractically. Desperately. Unsuitably. And usually quite hopelessly." In this instance, events somewhat mysteriously engineered by Big Grandma snowball in a barely controlled fashion to land the Conroys a wildly charming French boy as a houseguest and later propel the girls on a holiday to Philippe's grandfather's orchard somewhere in France. Big Grandma and the grandfather are as thick as thieves, making readers aware that the family failing may not wear off with the passing of time. The tribulations of young girls in love, attempts to speak and shop in French, a possible ghost in the orchard, and the not-quite-plausible illness of Philippe combine to keep this lighthearted romp bouncing along. It all ends satisfyingly with a wedding. Great fun.Miriam Lang Budin, Mt. Kisco Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
This third book about the irrepressible Conroy sisters (The Exiles at Home, 1994, etc.) takes them on a vacation to France with Big Grandma, who renews her acquaintance with a married male friend. In the meantime, Phoebe pursues her determination to become an international spy, Ruth tries to get over the "family failing" of falling in love, Naomi passes off her blue hair as the latest style, and Rachel plans to marry Philippe, a French boy who visited the family in England. McKay's wickedly dry humor (at a funeral for a dead hedgehog, Naomi tells Phoebe that RIP stands for "Riddled In Parasites") and enchanting, outrageous characters result in a book that has appeal on every page: Philippe, especially, is a winning combination of Gallic charm and precocious wit. His invasion of the Conroy home will be as memorable for readers as it is for the sisters, and in the second half, when he is kept mostly offstage, no one will lack compassion for poor Rachel. (Fiction. 9-12)

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ISBN-13:
9780340726938
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
04/19/2001
Edition description:
New

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