Then There Were Five

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With Father in Washington and Cuffy, their housekeeper, away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendy kids left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures are inevitable: Mr. Titus and the catfish; the villainy of the DeLacey brothers; Rush's composition of Opus 3; Mona's first rhubarb pie and all the canning; Randy's arrowhead; the auction and fair for the Red Cross. But best of all is the friendship with Mark Herron, which begins with a scrap-collection ...

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Overview

With Father in Washington and Cuffy, their housekeeper, away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendy kids left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures are inevitable: Mr. Titus and the catfish; the villainy of the DeLacey brothers; Rush's composition of Opus 3; Mona's first rhubarb pie and all the canning; Randy's arrowhead; the auction and fair for the Red Cross. But best of all is the friendship with Mark Herron, which begins with a scrap-collection mission and comes to a grand climax on Oliver's birthday.

Here is Elizabeth Enright's classic story of a long and glorious summer in the country with the resourceful, endearing Melendy bunch.

Then There Were Five is the third installment of Enright's Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures.

A summer that promises to be eventful turns into something extra special when the four Melendy children become friends with the orphaned Mark Heron.

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"The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant." — Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
Welcome Back! Old favorites are being reissued in force this fall. Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet follows siblings Mona, Rush, Miranda (Randy, for short) and Oliver. First published in 1941, The Saturdays kicks off the series and centers on the foursome's Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.), an allowance-endowed venture formed so one lucky Melendy can enjoy a solo sojourn each week. In The Four-Story Mistake (1942) the family moves from their city brownstone to the country; Then There Were Five (1944) describes what happens when the siblings befriend an orphan; and in Spiderweb forTwo: A Melendy Maze (1951), when everyone else leaves for school, Randy and Oliver are left to solve a mystery. The author's charming pen-and-inks punctuate all four volumes. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is the fourth volume in a reissue of Newbery-winning Enright's Melendy family saga. Set on the homefront during World War II, it is a refreshing return to more innocent days of children's literature. Not that the kids don't have problems to deal with. The Melendys' own mother is dead, their father is off in Washington helping the war effort, and their new best friend is an abused orphan. Yet the tone of their summer adventures is sweet as the siblings deal with each other, conduct a scrap drive, and open their hearts and home to the orphan Mark. They don't write 'em like this any more. 1997, Puffin (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312376000
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Melendy Quartet Series
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 504,706
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of Design in New York City. After creating her first book in 1937, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing.

 

Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, starting with The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper’s, and The Saturday Evening Post. She taught creative writing at Barnard College. Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright's stories are for both the young and the young at heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    wonderful!

    this is the sweetest book! i loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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