Finding Elmo

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Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store's exotic birds for parties and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new human friend, Sapna, set out to find ...

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Overview

Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store's exotic birds for parties and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new human friend, Sapna, set out to find Elmo and discover that Elmo is more valuable than they'd ever imagined.

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Editorial Reviews

Montreal Gazette
"[The] fast-paced plot is sure to pull even the most reluctant of readers along in its wake."
CM Magazine
"Polak presents the ethnic mix of a large urban centre in a matter-of-fact-way...The strongest part of Finding Elmo lies in the plot below the surface: the father-son relationship. Recommended."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
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Children's Literature - Tina Dybvik
Tim and his father/boss, a cockatoo disappear in chapter six and then are recovered fairly quickly. The setting is a mall and the community of shop owners there, which adds a nice human element to a familiar retail environment. The message about "letting an animal into your heart" creates a meaningful ending for the story but for most of the book, Tim's devotion to the bird is overshadowed by his anger toward his father. The target age group will be drawn to the teenage protagonist. His inner monologue sounds closer to age twelve than fifteen. This story leaves the reader wanting to know more, especially about the cockatoo, but it seems that space constraints may have played a part in editing. This title is a speedy read, but the promise of mystery is disappointing. One of the "Orca Currents" series, it is an abridged account of international intrigue. Reviewer: Tina Dybvik
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551436869
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,447,582
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. In addition to writing award-winning books for youth, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Quebec, and also works as a freelance journalist. Monique lives in Montreal with her husband, a newspaper man.

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I've come up with a plan," Dad said.

Phew, I thought, relaxing a little. Dad was a smart guy. I should have known he'd come up with a plan. Maybe he wanted to hang a bigger sign outside the store or advertise on the radio.

But it wasn't that at all.

"I've agreed to start renting out the big birds," Dad said. For a second, I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach. What was Dad thinking? "For parties and conventions. It's a good way to bring in extra cash—" Here, he paused for a moment.

"They want Elmo first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    On the cover ......

    It looks like it's eye-ball is gon'a rip out ov the the cover and start to grow strong arms and legs and start chaseing me!Hahahahahahahaha!

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    Posted January 16, 2012

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