Mo Wren, Lost and Found

Overview

What happened after Fox Street

Mo Wren knew that eventually she, her dad, and her sister, Wild Child Dottie, would have to move from beloved Fox Street. She just never expected it to happen so soon.

At the Wrens' new place, things are very different. For the first time in her life, Mo feels lost and out of place. It's going to take a boy who tells whoppers, a Laundromat with a mysterious owner, a freak ...

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Overview

What happened after Fox Street

Mo Wren knew that eventually she, her dad, and her sister, Wild Child Dottie, would have to move from beloved Fox Street. She just never expected it to happen so soon.

At the Wrens' new place, things are very different. For the first time in her life, Mo feels lost and out of place. It's going to take a boy who tells whoppers, a Laundromat with a mysterious owner, a freak blizzard, and some courage to help her find her way home for good.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
Praise for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET*” Mo is a character readers will root for, as her imagination, stubbornness, dislike of surprises, and curiously fierce caution in crossing the street make her seem as intensely real to the reader as her fox is to Mo.
Horn Book (starred review)
Praise for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET*” Mo is a character readers will root for, as her imagination, stubbornness, dislike of surprises, and curiously fierce caution in crossing the street make her seem as intensely real to the reader as her fox is to Mo.”
Horn Book (starred review)
Praise for WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET*” Mo is a character readers will root for, as her imagination, stubbornness, dislike of surprises, and curiously fierce caution in crossing the street make her seem as intensely real to the reader as her fox is to Mo.”
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Everything about Fox Street is perfect and now that Mo's mother has died, Mo needs the comfort of all that is familiar more than ever. But their father has decided to sell the house and move Mo and her little sister Dottie to an apartment above the dilapidated restaurant he has purchased with the hope of turning it into a sports bar. Mo hates the bar which she believes is cursed, has difficulty adjusting to a new school and making friends, and the new street lacks the warmth and hominess of Fox Street. It doesn't even have a name but just a number—East 213th St. Mr. Wren's emotional and financial stress weighs heavily on Mo who retreats to her Thinking spot in the bus shelter on the corner when things get too overwhelming. Only Dottie seems happy with their new life. It isn't long, however, before Mo meets a host of colorful characters from Homer the homeless handyman to Carmella, the cheerful owner of the laundromat who carries a painful secret, and Shawn, a lively classmate mostly ignored by others. It takes this village as well as the love and wisdom of former neighbor Mrs. Steinbott and a blizzard on the restaurant's opening day for Mo to discover the true meaning of home. Mo is a unique and believable character who readers will readily care about and root for. Subordinate characters are well-rounded and easily find their place in Mo's life. The story begins with powerful sense of loss but soon blends in a rising hope for a new beginning. Readers who first met Mo and her quirky neighbors in What Happened on Fox Street (2010) will be delighted to connect with her again. This story can, however, stand on its own. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Mo liked her life just the way it was when she lived on Fox Street. However, when her mom dies, everything seems to change. Her dad sells their house and moves the family to a new neighborhood where everything is different. Fox Street had everything: a player piano, the best burrito maker in the city, and, most of all, memories of her mother. In this sequel to What Happened on Fox Street (Harper Collins, 2010), Mo's new home is an apartment over an old restaurant that Mo is certain has a curse on it. She doesn't fit in at her new school and misses her friend Mercedes. The girls keep in touch mostly by phone, but Mercedes has problems of her own. Mo wonders if she will ever feel as if she really belongs on E. 213th Street, but she eventually makes some new friends and gains a new outlook on just what "home" really means. Readers will laugh and cry with Mo and will want to find a friend just like her.—Tammy DiBartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA
Kirkus Reviews

Mo Wren can't imagine living anywhere but Fox Street—until her father buys a rundown restaurant on East 213th Street. Newly named The WrenHouse, it lacks the tightly knit community that she loves, needs a total revamping and supposedly is cursed!

This sequel toWhat Happened on Fox Street(2010) reintroduces the likable characters from the first book: Mo's "wild child" sister, Dottie; her unhandy father; and elderly neighbors that she misses terribly. But new ones emerge to fill her emotional cracks:Shawn, a hyperkinetic classmate, and Carmella, owner of the Soap Opera Laundromat and nurturer of the neighborhood. When the restoration of the restaurant goes awry, Mo begins to think it is cursed, especially on the night of the opening, when a freak blizzard hits. Plot details are often foreseeable and convenient but nevertheless believable; readers won't be surprised that Dottie's pet lizard gets loose and can't be found or that the homeless handyman helps with the makeover, but these elements fit right in cozily. The correlation between the Laundromat's lost and found (providing a needed article at the right time) and Mo's feelings are subtle but nicely tied together (a yellow sweater reminds Mo of her dead mother).

Taken all together, the spunk of the primary characters, the dialogue and the "home-is-where-you-make-it" underlying message serve up a plateful of enjoyable story. And there's room for thirds. (Sketches not seen.)(Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990410
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/2075
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Tricia Springstubb has been a teacher and a children’s librarian. What Happened on Fox Street, her previous novel, is the first book about Mo Wren and her family. Tricia is the mother of three daughters and lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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