Special Delivery (Main Street Series #8)

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There's a new member of the family in this touching new Main Street story...

Flora and Ruby's Aunt Allie has always wanted to have a baby . . . and now, suddenly, it's happening! Allie's adopting -- and the baby is on its way. Suddenly, a quiet neighborhood Thanksgiving has turned into a huge event -- and Flora and Ruby are about to get their first cousin!

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Overview


There's a new member of the family in this touching new Main Street story...

Flora and Ruby's Aunt Allie has always wanted to have a baby . . . and now, suddenly, it's happening! Allie's adopting -- and the baby is on its way. Suddenly, a quiet neighborhood Thanksgiving has turned into a huge event -- and Flora and Ruby are about to get their first cousin!

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Children's Literature - Jacquie Skurla
Twelve-year-old Flora and her younger sister, Ruby, are now well settled in at Camden Falls, Massachusetts with their Grandmother, Min, a year after their parents' untimely death. Just before Thanksgiving, their Aunt Allie announces to the startled and delighted siblings that she is adopting a baby in New York City. Ruby and Flora take it upon themselves to outfit the new cousin's room with hand-me-downs from neighbors, argue about the "perfect" name, organize a baby shower for the new mother and daughter, and learn a few lessons in kindness and humility along the way. In a recurring series subplot, Ruby develops as deeper understanding of character through a potentially embarrassing situation with the town's Choral Group. Sensitive portrayals of the seven neighbor families to the right and left of Ruby and Flora's Grandmother's row home add a realistic touch to a New England town's personality. The eighth book in the "Main Street" series, the characterizations of the townsfolk continue to be more deeply explored and the relationships between the girls, their neighbors in the historic row houses in which they live, and their friends blossom in a comfortable, realistic and reassuring way and continue other threads in the overall series pattern. Ann Martin plumbs no dark path, which is refreshing given the climate of many current books written for the middle school years. As in several books in this series, this book takes place during a specific time period—Thanksgiving—and the anticipation of the season adds wonderfully to its day-by-day pacing. An enjoyable read. Reviewer: Jacquie Skurla
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545068956
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Main Street Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 331,063
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    outstanding

    This is the best book ever. Its a really good mystery.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Excellent book for girls.

    I've read all the books in this series with my daughter. My daughter, who is now 10, has loved all of them. This 8th one she gave to me as a gift to read together!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    I love the MAIN STREET series. I love the simplicity and innocence of the stories, but they are not by any stretch of the imagination cheesy or weak.

    This installment was about Aunt Allie's adopting a new baby. Both Flora and Ruby are greatly surprised by this, and also delighted.

    While Flora narrates some of what happens, this story was told mainly by Ruby.

    Ruby has a few problems, such as not practicing for the Thanksgiving concert and messing up. She needs to accept responsibility for herself. That was a great side story, along with how all these different characters celebrate Thanksgiving. I especially loved the trip to New York City.

    I highly recommend these books because of their simplicity and innocence, but also because they are entertaining, too. SPECIAL DELIVERY was another great installment. My fifth grade girls have been picking up these books and have been wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Titles fit in, in keeping with the series.

    I would not recommend this unless a parent has first read and then approved. Author has too many radical ideas; not proper for young children. She rams ideas down throats that may not be in keeping with what you want your children to be reading. These are NOT universally accepted norms, and I am tired of a minority of people thinking that they should be. She writes well/intelligently. But suddenly she slips in ideas and morals as though everyone just accepts them; I have a problem with that. They these concepts just suddenly appear in the story; if you are not careful, you may miss them. And a child may therefore think that these are accepted ways of thinking. Was going to recommend the series to young reader; but I am not that "modern" or forward in my way of thinking. Too bad; was a very good series otherwise.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Average book!

    I would give this book an A in terms of the setting because I felt like I was living on Main Street with Flora and Ruby! But I would give it a C because I already knew what was happening since the first chapter! No suspense whatsoever!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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