Meeting Miss 405

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Sardines and wine gums do not go together. But I eat them all, and I drink the milk. Then I sit still for a bit until the sick feeling goes.
When I tell Dad what I had for a snack, he will not let Miss Stella babysit me anymore.

Life is hard enough for Tansy with her mom away indefinitely and her dad making a mess of things at home. Then her dad sends her down the hall to a wrinkly old babysitter named Miss Stella, who doesn't even own a TV. Or...

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Overview

Sardines and wine gums do not go together. But I eat them all, and I drink the milk. Then I sit still for a bit until the sick feeling goes.
When I tell Dad what I had for a snack, he will not let Miss Stella babysit me anymore.

Life is hard enough for Tansy with her mom away indefinitely and her dad making a mess of things at home. Then her dad sends her down the hall to a wrinkly old babysitter named Miss Stella, who doesn't even own a TV. Or a computer. Or a car. She eats brown spaghetti and Bird's custard. What kind of babysitter is she?

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Editorial Reviews

The Now Newspaper
A beautifully told tale that tackles some heavy topics...No condescending, oversimplified pabulum here.
— Carolyn Cooke
The Reading Zone blog
"Full of thought-provoking issues, this was a novel I fully enjoyed."
CM Magazine
"There are several storylines and themes that are skillfully intertwined in this novel... [and] the character of quirky Miss Stella is particularly unique and appealing."
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"Peterson manages to blend aspects of forming friendships with the most unexpected people and finding hope and strength within ourselves...A delight to read and highly recommended."
Tucson Unified School District
"Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Excellent...This book would make a good class set."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Top notch... This is a wise purchase for a library that will make a good read-a-loud and will entertain the adult reading the book as well as the children listening. "
The Now Newspaper - Carolyn Cooke
"A beautifully told tale that tackles some heavy topics...No condescending, oversimplified pabulum here."
Children's Literature - Melissa Zanot
When Tansy's mother leaves, Tansy is too young to be left alone after school. Her father must continue to work long hours and finds a neighbor in the apartment complex to watch over Tansy until he gets home from work. Tansy is unhappy because she thinks Miss 405, actually named Miss Stella, has no television, weird food, no computer and no car. Tansy can't wait for her mother to come home so that she can stop going to Miss Stella's after school. It is not determined when her mother will come home because Tansy's mother is suffering from severe depression that makes hospitalization necessary. Tansy begins to find that Miss Stella is not as boring as she thought. Tansy learns the art of calligraphy from Miss Stella and the art of patience. When Tansy is finally allowed to see her mother, she has matured emotionally and is much more understanding of the situation. The book is a great middle reader book with chapters and a situation of a missing parent that is not dead, but still unable to be a parent present in the child's life. Reviewer: Melissa Zanot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554690152
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was born in England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children.

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Sardines and wine gums do not go together. But I eat them all, and I drink the milk. Then I sit still for a bit until the sick feeling goes.

When I tell Dad what I had for a snack, he will not let Miss Stella babysit me anymore.

Read More Show Less

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