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The Raspberry Room
     

The Raspberry Room

by Alison Lohans, Gillian Newland
 

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In behind the raspberry bushes is a special place, a place Abby doesn't trust to just anyone. Then she looks through a knothole in the fence and right into a blue, blue eye. A toy tractor appears on her side of the fence and she pokes her little brother's stuffed blue monkey into the hole. The next morning she finds it with its tail ripped off. Who does the blue eye

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In behind the raspberry bushes is a special place, a place Abby doesn't trust to just anyone. Then she looks through a knothole in the fence and right into a blue, blue eye. A toy tractor appears on her side of the fence and she pokes her little brother's stuffed blue monkey into the hole. The next morning she finds it with its tail ripped off. Who does the blue eye belong to?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Abby is discouraged that she seems to have nothing in common with her friend Laura. All Laura wants to do is swing. Abby longs for more adventure, especially now that she has found a secret "raspberry room" in the yard. While exploring the raspberry room, Abby hears an unknown voice and discovers a toy tractor she has never seen before. She decides to keep the tractor, but in her excitement she leaves her brother's favorite monkey out in the rain. Can she rescue the monkey? Or will she need to run away to cover her tracks? Maybe the new neighbor can help her solve the mystery and mend her friendship with Laura. Overall, the story is predictable and not very compelling. The friendship with Thomas has promise, but never realizes its potential; the friendship between Abby and Laura does not seem resolved.
CM Magazine
"This chapter book will surely be enjoyed by everyone who appreciates imagination...and secret rooms."

"Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554697434
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Orca Echoes Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Lexile:
310L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Read an Excerpt

It was shady in the raspberry room. Leaves rustled all around her. The air had a good, plant kind of smell. The tall brown fence made one wall of the room. The raspberry leaves made the ceiling. Patches of blue sky showed through. The floor was made of old leaves and squished weeds.

The fence made a good chair back, too. Abby sat down. She could hear the swing squeaking back and forth. Would Laura like the purple flowers?

Somewhere, a robin was chirping.

A dog started barking. It was Sparky, in the yard next door. Abby knew the dog's name. Sometimes the neighbors talked to him.

"Here, Sparky" she called. Then she laughed. There was a knothole in the fence. A sniffing black nose poked through the hole! Abby petted Sparky's cold wet nose. She let him sniff the purple flowers. Sparky sneezed.

A door banged in the house next door. "Hey, Sparky," someone said.

Meet the Author

Alison Lohans is the author of numerous books for children and young adults that deal with the darker side of family life and growing up. Her books include The Raspberry Room, Picturing Alyssa, Collapse of the Veil, Crossings, and This Land We Call Home.

Gillian Newland has illustrated a variety of publications, ranging from magazines to children's books. She finds most of her inspiration outside her studio. She can often be found sketching her fellow customers at Starbucks or the animals at the zoo. Gillian lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.gilliannewland.com.

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