The Alexandra Ingredient

The Alexandra Ingredient

by Linda Leopold Strauss
     
 

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Alexandra Plummer can't do anything right. She's always losing softball games for her team, misplacing her glasses—once she even set dinner on fire.

But when Alexandra's beloved adopted grandfather falls ill in The Alexandra Ingredient, Alexandra comes to his rescue, and her special brand of caring teaches her family some new things about responsibility and

Overview

Alexandra Plummer can't do anything right. She's always losing softball games for her team, misplacing her glasses—once she even set dinner on fire.

But when Alexandra's beloved adopted grandfather falls ill in The Alexandra Ingredient, Alexandra comes to his rescue, and her special brand of caring teaches her family some new things about responsibility and love.


Author Bio: Award-winning author Linda Leopold Strauss has published four children's books, as well as stories in magazines such as Cricket, Spider and Ladybug. Ms. Strauss lives in Ohio.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alexandra, 10, is always in troubleshe gets lost in the pages of Little Women while the house fills with smoke from a kitchen fire, forgets to study for tests, loses her homework and misplaces her glasses. But her best friend Bethie and an old man named Mike, part of an Adopt-a-Grandparent program, know that Alexandra is special in her own way, and the three of them work together to help her become more responsible. When Alexandra gets caught hiding a new kitten in the basement and Mike goes into the hospital, it seems as if her problems are insurmountable. But for once it is Alexandra's act-first, think-later attitude that not only helps Mike but also changes her mother's mind about the kitten. A first novel, this is a competently written story about a typicaland funnygirl who gets into somewhat unusual scrapes. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Ten-year-old Alexandra Plummer feels different from everyone else in her family; her mother, father, and older sister are all models of efficiency whereas Alexandra feels like Murphy's Law incarnate. Whatever can go wrong does go wrong until she meets Mike, the widower their family has adopted for the community's ``Adopt-a-Grandparent'' program. Mike enjoys Alexandra's company and encourages her to be who she is. With his support, Alexandra's perspective on herself and toward other people becomes more accepting. Then her new growth is challenged when Mike unexpectedly has a heart attack. She helps convince Mike that life is worth living so he agrees to a needed operation. The character development and the emotional experiences in this novel are genuine. Young readers will be able to identify with Alexandra's feelings of being out of place and her discovery of self-acceptance. The plot is logical and carried out to a satisfactory conclusion, but it is somewhat predictable; and if the readers, like Alexandra herself, are fans of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, they will find this story lacks the depth of complexity, the vitality of language, and the emotional involvement that they are used to. Nonetheless, it's a positive story with bibliotherapeutic potential. Susan Fichtelberg, Woodbridge Public Library, N . J .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595007783
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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