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The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue: A Holiday House Reader
     

The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue: A Holiday House Reader

by Laurie Lawlor, Cynthia Fisher (Illustrator)
 
Trying to be detectives, Mary Lou and her friends imagine that terrible crimes are being committed when Leroy, the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue, returns to the house next door.

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Trying to be detectives, Mary Lou and her friends imagine that terrible crimes are being committed when Leroy, the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue, returns to the house next door.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In this second beginning chapter book set on Eighth Avenue, four neighborhood friends investigate some strange events. The mystery begins when Mary Lou is asked to pick up the mail for her vacationing neighbors, the Jukes. She is nervous because their grown son had earned the reputation as "the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue." Rumors have Leroy Jukes either in the Army or in jailbut when he is seen burying something in his parents' backyard one evening, the children's curiosity leads to some interesting discoveries. It turns out that the boy, once famous for setting a tree on fire, has grown up to be an arson investigator/fire marshall. It is very unlikely that children will solve this mystery before the entire story unfolds as the clues are sketchy, and few will be familiar with Leroy's profession. The colorful illustrations break up the text but provide no visual hints. Children may identify with the characters' vivid imaginations, but the story itself will not sell them on the mystery genre.Maura Bresnahan, Topsfield Town Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A book that takes into account what beginning readers needþsimple words, uncomplicated sentence structureþbut provides little original in the way of plotting and action to keep them involved. In a sequel to The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue (1997, not reviewed), Mary Lou and her friends are sure that Leroy, an adult who has the reputation of having once been a really bad kid, is hiding stolen money in his backyard. So they set about finding clues. They sneak into his house and find various mysterious objects, but everything is explained when they meet Leroy, now a fire marshal who trains tracking dogs. The formula is too familiar; new readers will already have encountered similar events in such picture books as Roni Schotter's Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane (1993). (Fiction. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823413508
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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