The Middle Moffat

The Middle Moffat

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by Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin
     
 

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Who is Jane Moffat, anyway? She isn't the youngest in the family, and she isn't the oldest-she is always just Jane. How boring. So Jane decides to become a figure of mystery ... the mysterious "Middle Moffat." But being in the middle is a lot harder than it looks.
In between not rescuing stray dogs, and losing and finding best friends, Jane must secretly look

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Who is Jane Moffat, anyway? She isn't the youngest in the family, and she isn't the oldest-she is always just Jane. How boring. So Jane decides to become a figure of mystery ... the mysterious "Middle Moffat." But being in the middle is a lot harder than it looks.
In between not rescuing stray dogs, and losing and finding best friends, Jane must secretly look after the oldest inhabitant of Cranbury...so he can live to be one hundred. Between brushing her hair from her eyes and holding up her stockings, she has to help the girls' basketball team win the championship. And it falls to Jane-the only person in town with enough courage-to stand up to the frightful mechanical wizard, Wallie Bangs.
Jane is so busy keeping Cranbury in order that she barely has time to be plain old Jane. Sometimes the middle is the most exciting place of all....

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Children's Literature
Jane thinks "middle" things sound good, like the middle of the night or the Middle Ages, so she asks to be called the middle Moffat—or maybe even the mysterious middle Moffat. Jane's appealingly tenacious personality emerges as she attempts to read every book in the library, single-handedly win a basketball game the first time she plays, host an organ recital that is ruined by swarming moths, and do everything she can to help Mr. Buckle, the town's oldest inhabitant, reach his hundredth birthday. These stories and others reflect the simplicity of life in the 1940s, but readers will relate to problems that are timeless, like trying to stay awake to hear Santa Claus, or wanting to give your mother a store-bought handbag but having to settle for one you've made, or losing the head to your bear costume minutes before the curtain rises. Jane makes the middle child seem indispensable, not just to her family, but to everyone in town. The charm of these stories lies in their subtle humor and abundance of heart. Because each tale can stand alone, many selections would be excellent for reading aloud. It is part of the "Young Classics" series. 2001 (orig. 1942), Odyssey/Harcourt, $17.00 and $6.00. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Betty Hicks

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152025298
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Odyssey Classics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
246,596
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children’s librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats—Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat—were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.
 

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The Middle Moffat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it as a kid and now I am reading it to my grandson and he is enjoying it too. It is really fun reading it on the Nook!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes is about a girl and her family go through ups and downs through their life and take you with them with Mama, Joe, Janey, Rufus, Sylvie, and even Catherine the cat. Although the book did not have a strong plot I still enjoyed it. I even wanted my teacher to read it to the class. In each chapter the makes you like your part of the family and your feeling the emotions their feeling the is based in the early 1900s so they did not have TV and they did not have the most money so read about the crazy things they did to keep themselves busy and what they did to solve their mistakes. I also like the book because you can see all of the characters personalities come off the pages Mama is always understands, Joe is smart, Janey is creative, Rufus is funny, Sylvie is the actress, and Catherine is in her own little world. My favorite character would have to be Janey. She really cares about her family. In one of the many good chapters what happens is that its winter and the Moffat family needs to buy coal and they have their last five dollar bill so as Janey and Joe go to buy it but when they were walking it slipped out of Joe¿s hands. See what happens. I think kids should read this book because you can really relate to what is happening even though they do things different you won¿t be able to put the book down so read The Moffats by Eleanor Estes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A middle child, Jane, has to create things to make herself special. But, does she really have to? Read the book and decide for yourself. I recommend that every child reads this book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great and lively book that I would recommend for all ages !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3times post on 3other boks and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi if you want a good middle aged book the middle moffat is the book you should read. It teaches you about growing up being the middle child. #peaceonearth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like wallfels theheh and pancakes!!
Kylie Parker More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of all of Eleanor Estes books... they are great examples of a cute little family and how they live their life. I would recomend this to anyone who likes realistic books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Middle Moffat was a good book. I gave it 4 stars because it was kind of funny, and just told a nice story. I didn't give it five because it could get a little boring or off topic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series, is the middle Moffat, which should DEFINITLY be read by order. The first book, was very good, The Moffats, and the second book, The Middle Moffat has more of Sylvie, and topped the Moffats. Then comes the third book, which is most likely to top The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., (Rufus Moffat), sounds good. But I think that the fourth book in the series, The Moffat Museum, is, I think, like the Moffats, includes all the Moffats. I think Eleanor Estes should write a book about Joey, too, though. The middle Moffat is about Janey, who mistakenly tells Mr. Buckle, or the oldest inhabitant, that her name is the 'mysterious' middle Moffat, Jane. Then the oldest inhabitant makes up the game of Hockshaw, the detective. Before he turns 100, Jane has to make sure he reaches it, and maybe two hundred, also. And Jane also wants to see an eclipse with her friend, Nancy Stokes. The Middle Moffat is certainly a book to enjoy. A reviewer
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book. I liked the Oldest Inhabitant's game with Jane. I laughed when she was getting books like 'The Story Of Lumber', 'The Story Of Cotton' and 'The Story Of Sugar'. The book was completely about Janey. It ended pretty well.
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Dont waste your time. It was awful ad i wish i hadnt wasted my time reading it. It was one of the worst books i have ee read