Of Mice and Nutcrackers: A Peeler Christmas

Of Mice and Nutcrackers: A Peeler Christmas

by Richard Scrimger, Linda Hendry
     
 

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Readers first met the Peeler family as they went on a hilarious summer road trip in The Way to Schenectady. Now winter has come and with it the school holiday pageant. Jane Peeler, who loves to be the boss at all times, is directing her class production of The Nutcracker. All does not go as well as she planned as she finds the plot of the presentation…  See more details below

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Readers first met the Peeler family as they went on a hilarious summer road trip in The Way to Schenectady. Now winter has come and with it the school holiday pageant. Jane Peeler, who loves to be the boss at all times, is directing her class production of The Nutcracker. All does not go as well as she planned as she finds the plot of the presentation creeping into her own life. First, there are problems at school, caused by a gym teacher who wants the gym for basketball, not for rehearsal space. Then there’s a budding romance in the cast. At home, Dad has come down with an illness, and Grandma — grumpy, chain-smoking, profane Grandma — comes back on the scene as a reluctant baby-sitter to Jane and her younger brothers Bill and Bernie.

The fun that ensues is pure Scrimger, and is sure to delight his legion of fans.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Seventh-grader Jane Peeler has rewritten Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker as a musical play and is directing her class in the production for the winter concert at school. Things aren't going well, however. Her father is ill with pneumonia so her grandmother is helping out at home, and Jane's grandmother isn't exactly the cuddly, apple-pie baking variety. The dictatorial basketball coach won't relinquish the gym for rehearsals. Jane's best friend is more interested in one of the boys than in Jane. And why won't Brad tell his mother about the play? Jane is resourceful, however, and gets some help from unexpected allies. Although the family is far from routine, many of the other people (the kindly janitor, the sadistic gym teacher) are common stock characters. The action moves a little slower than in many novels for this age group, but it steadily builds to the climax without giving away every surprise along the way. A sequel to The Way to Schenectady, which also featured the Peeler family. 2001, Tundra Books, $7.95. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
From the Publisher
“All manner of things go wrong, although eventually many things go very right. Getting to there is full of antic humour…but underlying the fun is…a weightiness driven by the novel's characters and their concerns, which makes this novel most satisfying.”
The Globe and Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770490468
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
06/05/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

A columnist and novelist, Richard Scrimger grew up in Toronto, always writing but never really considering it a career, until after the birth of his first two children, twins, when he discovered the only time he could seriously write was during their naps. His style clearly demonstrates the influence of his experiences as a waiter in Toronto’s upscale restaurants, and as a stay-at-home father to his four children.

Genuinely witty, his work can be described as multi-dimensional - comic elements ride upon the surface, supported by varying levels of seriousness underneath.

Columns detailing Richard’s adventures in parenthood have been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent, and were compiled in a collection titled Still Life with Children. His first adult novel, Crosstown, was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th annual Mr. Christie Book Award, was selected as an A.B.A. Kid’s Pick of the List title, and was a finalist for the Ontario Library Association’s 1999 Silver Birch Award.

Richard Scrimger is also the author of The Way to Schenectady about the adventures of the Peeler family on the road; Mystical Rose, an adult novel; and a sequel to The Nose from Jupiter entitled A Nose for Adventure. In 2001 Scrimger published Bun Bun’s Birthday a picture book illustrated by Gillian Johnson, and a Peeler Christmas story called Of Mice and Nutcrackers. He and his family live in Cobourg, Ontario.


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