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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

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by Phoebe Stone

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A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won't give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that


A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won't give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that's holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she's hiding from - and finally get the boy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There’s a dark mystery propelling this extremely well-done novel about Louise, a tiny seventh-grader nursing a deep wound. Something so terrible happened a year earlier that she has “blocked a whole week out of conscious mind.” However, she’s still miserable, having moved from Cinnamon Street to a condo she shares with her (quirkily adorable) grandparents. Louise has changed schools, renamed herself (Thumbelina, to reflect her pint-size proportions), and given up gymnastics; her only friends are Reni and Reni’s brother, Henderson, a “volcano-loving, poetry-crazed flannel teddy bear in wire-rimmed glasses.” After Louise receives a note that reads “I am your biggest fan,” she and Reni decide it came from a hunky, high school–age, pizza delivery boy. Predictably disastrous actions ensue, but the resulting trauma is enough to shake Louise out of her torpor. Executed with wit and delicacy, Stone’s novel is made more poignant by her admission that she experienced a tragedy similar to Louise’s and reacted by blocking it out. “In fact,” she writes in her author’s note, “the healing process can only truly begin when we are willing to remember.” Ages 8–12. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

"Most winning of all . . . is the romance itself, which bursts out in a joyful, honey-sweet dénouement that’s destined to be one of the great romantic moments in preteen fiction." - STARRED review The Bulletin of the center for Children's Books

"Extremely well-done." - STARRED review, Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding tale of love, loss and the true power of friendship." - STARRED review Kirkus Reviews

"Achingly sweet." - STARRED review, Booklist

VOYA - Kaitlyn Connors
Louise is a seventh-grade girl stuck in a petite, fourth-grade body. Because of that, she decides to change her name to Thumbelina, after her favorite book. When notes and presents from a secret admirer start appearing on her doorstep, including a copy of Thumbelina, she and her best friend, Reni, suspect the pizza delivery boy, Benny McCartney. Louise soon discovers that Benny may be more significant that she ever imagined. Only with the support of her grandparents and the affection of her true secret admirer is Louise able to come to terms with past tragedy. The Boy on Cinnamon Street offers a cute, romantic tale tinged with sadness and loss. Louise is a young girl in denial, making her a compelling character. Her flippant attitude toward her grandparents' attempts to help her remember what happened is a bit off-putting, though. The quirky characters of Reni and Henderson, the brother and sister pair who serve as Louise's best friends, are fun and intriguing, and display genuine emotions for their friend. The tragic events of Louise's life do not unfold until the end of the novel, yet a series of clues along the way help the reader crack the mystery, mirroring the process in Louise's own brain. The impact is no less shocking. Middle and junior high school students may enjoy the quick, fast-paced read for the amusing characters and budding romance, while the loss in Louise's life may muster sympathy and understanding. Readers who enjoyed Phoebe Stone's other novels may also enjoy this title. Reviewer: Kaitlyn Connors
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Her name is Louise but she wants people to call her Thumbelina. She is a middle school student the size of a fourth grader and she wants a new name to go along with her new life. She is living with her Grandma and Grandpa in their small condo on the other side of the town that she used to live in. At Grandma's garage sale Thumbelina is selling her balance beam because she has given up gymnastics. She is also selling her mother's old blue shoes. These items and others are triggering memories that Thumbelina has suppressed. She thinks that the pizza delivery boy is the one who has been leaving her notes and gifts, but something does not seem quite right. Fortunately, with the care and support of her true admirer, she is able to remember her traumatic past and start moving toward her future. This engrossing and intriguing story will keep readers spellbound. Anxious to discover the real reason for Thumbelina's memory loss and rooting for her to get the normal life she so desperately wants, readers will find it difficult to put down this riveting and well-written novel. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Living with her doting grandparents since her mother's death, seventh-grader Louise used to be a gymnast, but then she quit. She has decided that she will be called Thumbelina and have a crush on the pizza delivery guy. Her friend Reni encourages her despite her own failure to get any response from Justin Bieber. Her other friend, Henderson, is his own brand of unique, and while Thumb admires him, she doesn't quite make the connection that someone approachable could be a crush. Thumb's old house was in North Pottsboro where streets are names after spices, and the transition to South Pottsboro has left her off balance. She doesn't really recall her old life before her father left the family and her mother was unable to deal with it, but there are moments in italics where the past intrudes. A fondness for multiple adjectives and cutesy names like "Toot Toot Tourist Trolley" and "My Princess Prom" provide a light layer of froth over the very real pain that Thumb is blocking. Of course, that fog will eventually dissipate and Louise will need to use all of her four, feet seven inches to meet the challenge. The cloying quality of some of the dialogue and the obvious blindness to reality seem as superimposed as the names of the streets, but for readers looking for an emotional ride, this title will satisfy. The balance beam introduced in the first chapter provides the obvious metaphor for Louise's being off center and her need to find her own place in the world.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Something terrible happened to seventh-grader Louise's parents, and only the kindly ministrations of an unknown admirer can pull her back from her insulating--suffocating--layers of denial. Louise lives with her quirky grandparents, vividly depicted by Stone (The Romeo and Juliet Code, 2011) as they strive to relieve the girl's obvious suffering. She's given up gymnastics, turned away from most of her peers and cut herself off from the devastating truth of her past. But some friends continue to reach out to her, especially her overweight best buddy, Reni, and Reni's tall seventh-grade brother, Henderson. After Louise discovers a note--"I am your biggest fan"--that seems to have been left by pizza–delivery boy Benny, she develops a shaky sort of crush on this all-but-unknown person. Her emotional fire is eagerly fueled by Reni's frustration with her own safely unrequited fixation on Justin Bieber. The true identity of Louise's biggest fan is gradually, achingly revealed, along with a gentle, loving exploration of the characters of these admirable, young teen protagonists. Readers of Louise's self-deprecating, sometimes funny first-person account will figure out the terrible thing that has happened to Louise, and a young man's role in her redemption, long before she does, just adding to the building suspense. An outstanding tale of love, loss and the true power of friendship. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phoebe Stone’s first novel, ALL THE BLUE MOONS AT THE WALLACE HOTEL, was hailed as “haunting and poetic” by THE NEW YORK TIMES. Her first novel for Arthur A. Levine Books, DEEP DOWN POPULAR, received a starred review in BOOKLIST. THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE received two stars. And her most recent title, THE BOY ON CINNAMON STREET, received a whopping four starred reviews. Phoebe lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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The Boy on Cinnamon Street 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok im a teen and i loved it. If you are someone who loves a little mystery in your life, get it. The book shows us that someone is always there for you when you dont quite know it yet. Overall, GREAT BOOK!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of these but i recomnd deep down popular the most i love it made me cry during a test felt the excact same way. Ihave the boy on cinamon street deep down popular and the romeo and juliet code all are fantastic recomend them!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is so romantic. I recomend it for sixth grade and up. I cried at the end though. This shows that true love can happen but also doesn't happen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every has had a secret admirer... it takes awhile and a lot of guessing but in the end its worth it. Why? Because it ends up being the person who was there for you no matter what.. GREAT BOOK!!!!!!! Loved it! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this on paperback and youll love it! I am not spoiling the story now so you must READ READ READ!
StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
I thought this novel was going to be a fun, light middle grade book, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The main character Louise is trying to deal with the death of her mom, something that she partially blocked from her memory. The trauma has cause her to forget exactly what happened to her mom and so she starts obsessing about whether or not she has a secret admirer. Though its well written, I didn't really feel the would-be crush and grief storylines worked well together. For me it bounce to much between the light moments and the depressing ones. Wouldn't recommend it to younger middle grade readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with a lot of chacter and a very good plot it is not short (at all) but at the same time its no harry potter book so i recomend this book for tweens and teens such as myself:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adorded the book.. it was so absoultly sweet. With a suprising twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on page 39 and i am loving it, this is the best book i have ever bought and i hope other can read because its about--- wait im not telling u because u got to buy it on a nook or a kindle- sorry this was to long:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very emotional as a thirteen year old girl, Louise, starts having a crush on a pizza delivery boy, Benny McCartney, who she suspects left her a letter and other anonymous signs of a crush on her.
bannabunchbuuny More than 1 year ago
i havent finished this book yet but its awesome! the funny thing is im just like her 4'7 ( and in 7th grade!) and i also used to be in gymnastics but i was forced to quit..( underweight and stuff), so it was just really cool that i had alot in common with her. the book so far is getting really interesting and just cant wait to finish it! &lt;3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever!!!! I already read it 4 times and i still feel in suspence every single time!! ITS A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!!! Thank god for the author!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is really incredible. in the beggining, the story leaves you wondering why Liouse lives with her grandparents, and why Cinnamon Street is so important, but in the end and througout the book it answers those questons. What would you do if a cute pizza delivery guy leaves a note under your mat that says "i'm your biggest fan"? this is exactly what Liouse has to figure out when the same thing happens to her! her best friend Reni and Reni's big brother Harrison play a very important role in this story as Liouse figures out that things arnt always what they seem to be, and as she learns shocking secrets about her parents and her life on Cinnamon Street.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My new favorite book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi! This book is amazing i felt what she was feeling because im short too so whenever i grow 1/8 of an inch im estatic! I cried throughout the whole book and it was completely worth it<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls in class read this book. Not sure if i should. Everyone seems to luv it. The girls in my class keep re-reading the book. I think i should read it. I reccomend it to all u middle schoolers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got this book yesterday and I am already done with it! I think this book is an excellent read for tweens anywhere from 5th-7th grade but adults can enjoy it too! This book kept you wanting more and intrigued you the whole way. An excellent thing about this book is it has many characteristics. It plays the mystery card along with the teary eyed parts. It also has dashes of humor and touches of romance! This is an overall good read and I strongly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it is a very cute and heartwarming book really great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book & its amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have for tween girls! There is such a valuable lesson behind it! As soon as i started reading it, I just could't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has the right amount of romance and adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's funny, because me and my frieng,ds would totally do something like what the girls did! It's a cute boy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent finished it but it is really good i like hiw there just serching and keeping it a secret
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the world.If you liked this book u have to read the other ones by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! The first time i read it, i fell in love with it. You should make this book the first one you ever buy.