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Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze

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Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can't pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? But a surprise message in the mailbox starts a trail of excitement and adventure that takes them through the cold season. When summer finally comes around again, the children have found fourteen messages in all, and the end of the...

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Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can't pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? But a surprise message in the mailbox starts a trail of excitement and adventure that takes them through the cold season. When summer finally comes around again, the children have found fourteen messages in all, and the end of the search brings them a rich reward.

Full of unforgettable moments (like finding a secret note tucked under the dog's collar) and delightful twists of language (the more challenging clues, the better), this fourth book in Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet makes for a grand finale to an equally grand collection of stories. Spiderweb for Two is the fourth and final installment of Enright's Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures

Left alone when Rush, Mark, and Mona go away to boarding school, Randy and Oliver are lonely and bored until a mysterious letter brings the first of many clues to a mystery that takes all winter to solve.

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"The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant." -- Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Welcome Back! Old favorites are being reissued in force this fall. Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet follows siblings Mona, Rush, Miranda (Randy, for short) and Oliver. First published in 1941, The Saturdays kicks off the series and centers on the foursome's Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.), an allowance-endowed venture formed so one lucky Melendy can enjoy a solo sojourn each week. In The Four-Story Mistake (1942) the family moves from their city brownstone to the country; Then There Were Five (1944) describes what happens when the siblings befriend an orphan; and in Spiderweb forTwo: A Melendy Maze (1951), when everyone else leaves for school, Randy and Oliver are left to solve a mystery. The author's charming pen-and-inks punctuate all four volumes. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Patricia Timbrook
Bored and mourning the loss of the two older siblings, Mona and Rush who've gone to boarding school, Randy and Oliver Melendy soon become intrigued upon finding a mysteriously written clue for them in the mailbox, which begins a clue-solving winter adventure. Obviously intelligent beyond their young years, the sister and brother duo dissect the information like Holmes and Watson. However, the Melendys' clue-solving proves more accidental than deductive, which is as it should be. Their episodes on the way to the discoveries subtly lead the reader on a variety of educational "tours" as well. While the pace keeps the reader going on with Randy and Oliver, the viewpoint shifts(a writing privilege that often weakens the story and confuses readers. Strong visual images brighten and add depth to the tale, even though the weak verbs dampen the story and the setting of long ago seems out of touch with today's kids. 1997 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312376017
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Melendy Quartet Series
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 317,574
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of Design in New York City. After creating her first book in 1937, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing.
 
Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, starting with The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper’s, and The Saturday Evening Post. She taught creative writing at Barnard College. Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright's stories are for both the young and the young at heart.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    I loved all the Melendy family quartet, but this, the final book

    I loved all the Melendy family quartet, but this, the final book in the series, is by far my favorite. Part word game puzzle, part mystery, part sibling adventure--each chapter contains a clue to the puzzle that Randy and Oliver must figure out. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy this and the other Enright books.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    great book

    kids loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Great Series

    This is a great series. As usual, Elizabeth Enright out-did herself again! This is a must-read!

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