The Great Sock-a-Thon

The Great Sock-a-Thon

by Michael Delaney
     
 

An eerie encounter with a ghost girl promises an unusual summer for four friends. The ghost needs the girls' help-the town is about to cut down the historic, but dying, tree she has haunted since her death in a fall seventy years before. The girls dream up a plan to save the tree: they'll have a sockathon-a wacky fundraiser involving a chain of socks. But how

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An eerie encounter with a ghost girl promises an unusual summer for four friends. The ghost needs the girls' help-the town is about to cut down the historic, but dying, tree she has haunted since her death in a fall seventy years before. The girls dream up a plan to save the tree: they'll have a sockathon-a wacky fundraiser involving a chain of socks. But how can collecting socks raise enough money in time? And what does the mysterious spirit of Eliza Baker really want?

Told in four different voices, the novel gracefully weaves together the perspectives of the plucky girls in a funny and touching middle-grade story about friendship and giving to the community.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Four best friends (Sabrina, Megan, Connie, and Daisy) find themselves trying to save the Balm of Gilead tree on the town green after they receive messages from the ghost of a young girl. Eleven-year-old Eliza, who died after a fall from the tree, needs their help. The tree is dying and the town has decided that it has to be removed because to save it would be too expensive. Desperate to assist Eliza, the girls decide to host a sockathon to raise money to buy the brace for the tree. Yet, who is going to save their friendship as it is pushed to its limits this crazy summer? Instead of a summer filled with lazy days and sun, they find themselves working to keep a tree that, for many, is a historical monument. This was a fun, simple book that shows how the bonds of friendship are sometimes tested and strengthened. 2004, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 9 to 13.
—Zeta Shearill
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Sabrina hears a voice coming from her town's 275-year-old balm of Gilead tree and believes it to be the ghost that supposedly haunts it. As she and her three friends become involved in learning about the landmark tree and about the girl who died when she fell from it in 1932, they decide to have a "sockathon" to raise money for a brace to save the dying tree from being cut down. A stormy climax leads to an unexpected conclusion, and the girls' activism has unexpected rewards. Delaney has created an appealing cast of characters, both children and adults. Short chapters, using the girls' names for headings, move the story along quickly, and there's enough action and suspense to catch readers' attention from the first page, a flashback to Eliza's fall. Sockathon uses a group of friends and their growth as the basis for what will surely be a popular summer read.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Four good friends come up with a fundraising plan involving unmatched socks to save the town's centerpiece, a 275-year-old rotting Gilead tree, after one of the girls is spiritually contacted by the tree's resident ghost, Eliza, the little girl who died in 1932 after falling from a broken branch. The tweens' efforts are admirable and supported by most residents, including the mayor and the local radio station. And while mother nature interferes at the end of the summer with a forceful hurricane uprooting the "old balmy" and blowing apart the lengthy sock chain throughout the town, all is not lost, as the monetary proceeds are used to plant a large new tree with Eliza's ghostly approval. Loosely developed characters portraying glimpses of tween-related issues with parents, popularity, and trendy tastes drive the civic-conscious plot to a realistic ending and turn disappointment into a feasible solution. Harmless, safe, and bland for this market, this starter introduces Sabrina, Daisy, Connie, and Megan, who could possibly continue their escapades. (Fiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525468561
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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