Mo Wren, Lost and Found [NOOK Book]

Overview

This is the story of 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. The name of the street—East 213th—has absolutely zero magic. And there’s no Mrs. Petrone to cut her hair, no Pi Baggott to teach her how to skateboard, no Green Kingdom to ...

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Overview

This is the story of 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. The name of the street—East 213th—has absolutely zero magic. And there’s no Mrs. Petrone to cut her hair, no Pi Baggott to teach her how to skateboard, no Green Kingdom to explore. She’s having trouble fitting in at her new school and spending a lot of time using the corner bus shelter for her Thinking Spot. Worst of all, Mo discovers that the ramshackle restaurant Mr. Wren bought is cursed. Only Dottie, with her new friends and pet lizard, Handsome, is doing the dance of joy.

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

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
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.”
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
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: 9780062093387
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Tricia Springstubb

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.

Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer. She is the illustrator of Crafty Chloe and Crafty Chloe: Dress-Up Mess-Up by Kelly DiPucchio and has written the bestselling craft books Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints. She admits she acted a lot like Julia while planning her wedding. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Live To Read

    This sequel to What Happened on Fox Street follows Mo and her family as they move to an apartment over the previously ¿cursed¿ restaurant (The Wren House) that her widowed father hopes to open. Mo, who avoids change, is miserable in the new neighborhood. Her whole life had been spent on Fox Street where she knew and liked everyone. Warm memories of her mom, her best friend, her ¿crush¿, her neighborly grandma, and the ¿Green Kingdom¿ at the end of the cul-de-sac make her dread her new home. Mo has always been a responsible replacement in the Wren household for her deceased mother, but her father wants Mo to be free to be an eleven year old girl. Unfortunately, Mo¿s father¿s business dreams are bigger than his skills as a handy man.


    Luckily, Mo has become friends with Carmella and ¿goofball¿ Shawn at the ¿Soap Opera¿, the local laundromat. High energy Shawn shows her around the neighborhood, and Carmella introduces them to Homer, ¿who knows how to do some of everything, from plumbing to electrical¿. With Homer¿s help and the presence of new and old friends, Mo begins to finally see that even though change is hard¿sometimes it turns out just right.


    Mo discovers that her father and sister are solid and unchanging parts of her life. She discovers that even far-away friends can stay close. Through Carmella¿s eyes, she begins to see the best and most interesting aspects of everyone. Carmella passes on her philosophy: ¿Put some kindness out there, and someday it¿ll come back to you.¿


    Older elementary and middle school children will enjoy reading about Mo¿s adventures and her experiences while opening the restaurant.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Great Book!

    Before I used my nook more often, I read this book. It's got wonderful characters, heart-warming "flashbacks", and a very beautiful ending. Join the Wrens in their great adventure, and read this book!

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