Needle and Threadby Ann M. Martin
Flora worries about her first Thanksgiving without her parents, while Ruby worries about getting a part in the school musical. Their new friends, Olivia and Nikki, are adjusting to big changes in their families.
Gr 4-6 Ann M. Martin's "Main Street" series is about two sisters, Flora and Ruby, who have moved in with their grandmother Min after their parents' untimely death. This sequel to Welcome to Camden Falls (both Scholastic, pap. 2007) begins the day before the new school year is about to start. Ruby is fitting in nicely, but Flora still misses her old life. However, she manages to cope quite well since she has Olivia and Nikki, her two best friends, in sixth grade. You can almost feel the chill in the autumn air as Ariadne Meyers effortlessly relates the story with an array of voices for the townspeople. Although the main focus is on the four youngsters, listeners get glimpses into the lives of the other residents. We learn about Mary's mysterious benefactor, Mrs. Willett's early stages of dementia, Nikki's abusive parents, Sonny's lonely Thanksgiving holiday, and more. For school and public libraries.-Mercedes Smith, Kernan Trail Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
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