The Runaways

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Laura McGee Kvasnosky's newest trio of stories is an entertaining and genuine look at the ups and downs of sisterhood.

The fabulous fox sisters return in three fresh, funny stories perfect for beginning readers. Whether Zelda and Ivy are combating the injustice of cucumber sandwiches for lunch, deciding what to leave the children of the future in their time capsule, or solving Zelda's writer's block, they are sure to tickle the funny bones of ...

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Overview

Laura McGee Kvasnosky's newest trio of stories is an entertaining and genuine look at the ups and downs of sisterhood.

The fabulous fox sisters return in three fresh, funny stories perfect for beginning readers. Whether Zelda and Ivy are combating the injustice of cucumber sandwiches for lunch, deciding what to leave the children of the future in their time capsule, or solving Zelda's writer's block, they are sure to tickle the funny bones of both new and returning fans.

Winner of the 2007 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

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Editorial Reviews

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When Zelda and Ivy's parents serve them cucumber sandwiches for lunch, these sibling buddies take appropriate action: They run away from home. Not far away, though; they retreat to the backyard, taking the proper amenities. This great act of self-empowerment is only the beginning of the Fox girl's magnificent adventures.
Publishers Weekly
Outraged that their father has made cucumber sandwiches again, the siblings first introduced in Zelda and Ivy (in a starred review, PW wrote, "Rare for a book about siblings, its sympathies reach out to readers regardless of their birth order"), pack their bags in Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky. Always in synch with her audience, the author does not let the sisters stray far (they peek at their parents through the hedge) in the title story; the other two involve creating a time capsule and magic potion. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The fox sisters, Zelda and Ivy, have three new adventures in this storybook. In the first chapter, they decide to run away after discovering that dad is, yet again, making cucumber sandwiches for lunch. They run away to the backyard, but are somewhat surprised when their parents do not miss them. In chapter two, the girls decide to make a time capsule. Ivy puts in her Princess Mimi doll and Zelda puts in her lucky jewel. It is not long before the two sisters miss their treasures. In chapter three, Ivy makes a secret concoction. She is not sure what it does until their friend Eugene suggests that that they need creative juice. Zelda finds that the creative juice really works—although in an unexpected way. The fox sisters are as amusing as ever in these three funny stories. Kvanosky's illustrations compliment her fun writing style. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 5 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Another appealing offering featuring the spirited fox sisters. In the first chapter, Zelda and Ivy run away from home when cucumber sandwiches appear on the lunch menu. They take a blanket and their favorite toys to their backyard, where they can keep an eye on their parents, who don't seem to miss them at all. When they finally go back inside, they discover that their father has saved them the very sandwiches that they were trying to avoid. In the second episode, the siblings are making a time capsule to be opened in one hundred years. Zelda drops in her lucky jewel, while Ivy adds her cherished doll. It doesn't take long, however, for the sisters to realize that they can't part with their favorite possessions. The third chapter finds Ivy making a secret potion and Zelda struggling to write a haiku. Then their friend Eugene comes up with a clever way to use Ivy's concoction to ease Zelda's writing pains. Bright, expressive cartoon illustrations complement the fine writing in this beginning reader.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In three new episodes, the Fox sisters discover that not even running out to hide in the yard will save them from yet another lunch of cucumber sandwiches, that it's not a good idea to put something you'll miss into a time capsule and that a sprinkle of "creative juices" made from a secret formula can dispel the most stubborn case of writer's block. As in previous appearances, the sisters, their parents and Ivy's friend Eugene (the one who suggests the "creative juice") are depicted as long-nosed foxes, furred in various bright orangey tones but placed in human settings. Unlike previous outings, these wry tales are presented in easy-reader format, and they'll make tasty fare for newer readers. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763626891
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Series: Zelda and Ivy
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA MCGEE KVASNOSKY has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL, as well as the other books about the fabulous fox sisters: ZELDA AND IVY, ZELDA AND IVY AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ZELDA AND IVY ONE CHRISTMAS. She says, "In my childhood, my sister Nan and I would run away to the backyard. These days our destinations might be more exotic — like Provence in spring — but the excitement of those early expeditions is hard to match."

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