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The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother
     

The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother

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by Elvira Woodruff, Katherine Coville (Illustrator)
 

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Budding scientist Nelly Brown is thrilled when she discovers an old chemistry set at her grandmother's summer cottage. The set includes everything for mixing up magic formulas, and guarantees that each child using the set can make a wish that will come true.

Nelly adores her grandmother and mixes up a formula that makes her young again. But to Nelly's amazement,

Overview

Budding scientist Nelly Brown is thrilled when she discovers an old chemistry set at her grandmother's summer cottage. The set includes everything for mixing up magic formulas, and guarantees that each child using the set can make a wish that will come true.

Nelly adores her grandmother and mixes up a formula that makes her young again. But to Nelly's amazement, her grandmother continues getting younger and younger. Luckily Nelly's cousin Ben is on the way. Will they be able to save Grandma before she shrinks into nothing?

Proof!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the tradition of Scott Corbett's The Lemonade Trick , this offbeat fantasy reveals the risks of meddling with fate as it recounts a child's mishaps with an extraordinary chemistry set. After discovering an ancient box filled with mysterious powders, budding scientist Nelly Brown produces a formula to make her grandmother younger. But the 10-year-old gets more than she bargains for when she applies the potion: overnight, 70-year-old Emma is transformed into a lively 30-year-old. At an alarmingly rapid rate, her years continue to slip away until Nelly finds herself in charge of a helpless infant. While waiting for the heroine to stumble across the obvious solution to her predicament, readers will be entertained by her attempts to keep track of the elusive Emmy (``That's what I like to be called''), who grows more impish by the day. Although the premise is somewhat contrived, this novel is sure to stir young readers' imaginations. Woodruff ( Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade ) seems to know all the tricks for holding a middle grade audience: blending elements of magic, fast-paced action and a dab of levity, she produces an irresistible tale. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- Nelly Brown, 10, is spending the summer at a seaside cottage with her grandmother while her scientist parents are away on research projects across the country. Nelly is an avid experimenter herself, and is delighted to discover a mysterious antique chemistry set in the cottage basement. With it, she concocts an anti-aging formula, and secretly applies it to her grandmother. It works only too well, and Nelly soon finds Grandma growing rapidly younger: first a 30-year-old, then a teenager, a 10-year-old, a toddler, and finally a fast-disappearing infant, all within a few days. The chemistry set only guarantees one successful experiment per user, but a solution will become apparent to readers, if not to Nelly, when they learn that her favorite cousin, Ben, is on his way to the cottage. This is an enjoyable fantasy with realistic concerns about the effects of aging balanced by the comic results of Nelly's solution, and just a touch of real magic to spice up the story. The reading level, tone, and feeling are similar to Woodruff's Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade (Holiday, 1989), combining a childishly serious theme with funny results in an easy fantasy. It will appeal to the same wide audience. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Publishers Weekly - anonymous unknown
“A deft blend of magic and farce . . . A lighthearted fantasy about a somewhat misguided budding scientist.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440406402
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/1992
Pages:
153
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elvira Woodruff is the author of many popular books for children. In the many years she has been writing both picture books and novels for middle grade readers her work has won a number of children’s state awards such as the Florida Sunshine State Award, the Maud Lovelace Award, The Carolyn W. Field Award, the Mark Twain Book Award, and The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award. Elvira was born in Raritan, New Jersey and has lived for many years with her family in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania.

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Summer I Shrank My Grandmother 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Doggy26 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I think they should make it an ebook.