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What Happened on Fox Street

What Happened on Fox Street

4.7 9
by Tricia Springstubb, Heather Ross

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Fox Street was a dead end. In Mo Wren's opinion, this was only one of many wonderful, distinguishing things about it.

Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Their house is in the middle of the block—right where a heart would be, if the street were a person. Fox Street has everything: a piano


Fox Street was a dead end. In Mo Wren's opinion, this was only one of many wonderful, distinguishing things about it.

Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Their house is in the middle of the block—right where a heart would be, if the street were a person. Fox Street has everything: a piano player, a fix-it man, the city's best burrito makers, a woman who cuts Mo's hair just right, not to mention a certain boy who wants to teach her how to skateboard. There's even a mean, spooky old lady, if ringing doorbells and running away, or leaving dead mice in mailboxes, is your idea of fun. Summers are Mo's favorite time, because her best friend, Mercedes, comes to stay.

Most important, though, Fox Street is where all Mo's memories of her mother live. The idea of anything changing on Fox Street is unimaginable—until it isn't.

This is the story of one unforgettable summer—a summer of alarming letters, mysterious errands, and surprising revelations—and how a tuft of bright red fur gives Mo the courage she needs.

Editorial Reviews

Mary Quattlebaum
Readers…will care what happens to these lovingly drawn characters even as Mo confronts inevitable change…Among today's many angst-ridden tales, this big-hearted novel stands out for its portrayal of connection and kindness.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Mo Wren has lived her almost ten years of life on Fox Street and she loves it there. The short dead-end road has everything. Mo's mother had died in an automobile accident several years before and Mo is responsible for Dottie, her five-year-old sister, while her dad works long hours. Mo is excited because her best friend is coming to spend the summer with her grandmother across the street. But Mercedes has changed and nothing seems the same. Mercedes has a new stepfather and an upscale lifestyle. Her grandmother has had surgery and her energy is waning. A developer wants to buy the Wren home and other neighborhood houses to tear them down and build an office complex. Mo wanders in the ravine at the end of the block hoping to see a fox, but all she finds is a clump of fur. When a huge rainstorm finally breaks the long drought, Dottie gets lost in the ravine and the neighbors all turn out to look for her, resulting in an impromptu party when she is found. The story has a nostalgic feel and moves at a rather slow pace. Mo and Dottie seem older than their stated ten and five years of age. The intended audience is not clear. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Mo Wren, 11, loves her home on Fox Street where she lives with her father and younger sister, Dottie. It's a run-down neighborhood, but everyone knows everyone else and there's a real feeling of community. This summer Mo is watching her sister, looking for a fox she believes has a den near the neighborhood, and spending time with her friend Mercedes. She must also deal with changes that seem to be on the way. A shady developer has targeted Fox Street and is trying to get the residents to sell, threatening the use of "eminent domain." Mo stands firm for the home she loves—the home that holds memories of her deceased mother. It's an eventful summer with friendships lost and found, secrets revealed, and family ties strengthened. The book (Balzer + Bray, 2010) by Tricia Springstubb is read with humor and sympathy by Jeannie Stith who creates unique voices for the characters. This is a nice treatment of a moving, slice-of-life tale that also gently teaches that you can draw strength from the past while moving with courage into the future.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Mo mostly loves living on Fox Street, which has everything except foxes, girlfriends and her mom (who died when she was young). Which is why she's eagerly waiting for her best friend Mercedes to arrive and stay the summer with her grandmother, Da, who lives across the street. The first sign that this summer won't be the same is that Mercedes has shaved her head in rebellion against her new stepfather. As the town waits for badly needed rain, tensions build when the residents receive registered letters claiming a neighbor has sold their house, and they should too. Multiple issues are linked: Mo's dad's unhappiness over his job with the water department, which leaves Mo in charge of her wild young sister; Da's diabetes, which caused her to lose toes; the strange behavior of old Mrs. Steinbott; eminent domain; race relations—and Mo's need to find a fox. Springstubb effectively turns the neighborhood into a character in its own right, one that's loving and protective. Mo's voice is original, though it has tinctures of Scout and Harriet. What happened on Fox Street? Love, belief and caring. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Fox Street , #1
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tricia Springstubb is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novels What Happened on Fox Street and Mo Wren, Lost and Found as well as the picture book Phoebe & Digger. The mother of three grown daughters, she lives with her husband and cats in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. You can visit her online at www.triciaspringstubb.com.

Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer. She is the illustrator of How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg, as well as the Crafty Chloe books by Kelly DiPucchio. She also wrote the bestselling craft books Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints. Heather's own dog, Lobo, currently holds a regional title for Smelliest Pup. She lives in New York City.

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What Happened on Fox Street 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really cant wait to finish i have the free sample but its still really good and i also woder what happend to her mom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book (so ive been told) i cant wait to read it at least i think i do
Abby Graham More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that I highly reccomend. I felt like I was right beside Mo throughout all her ups and downs. I loved it!
Lane Ryan More than 1 year ago
i loved this book and it is GREAT for kids ages 8+. always a favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dick hurts. Can i join foxclan?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like empty camps.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&bull;Map&bull;<br> Res 1:Map and Rules<br> Res 2:Main Camp, Dens, and Forest<br> Res 3: Bios<br> Res 4+: Extra Forest<p> &bull;Rules&bull;<br> 1:Absolutely NO godmodding!!! If you godmod, you will be given two warnings and then you will be asked to leave.<br> 2:Don't kick anyone out of the clan or raid unless you have my permission. If I am not on at that certain time, just wait.<br> 3:Don't be an attention hog!! Drama is okay every once in a while, but don't come into camp every time you come on with a bloody gash down your side.<br> 4:Please don't ask me if you can have special powers, weird fur colors, etc. Also, don't ask if you can be an animal other than a fox. I will say NO.<br> 5:Absolutely NO cussing. Period.<p> Anything else just ask!!~ Tek (leader of FoxClan)
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Mo Wren loves living on Fox Street. There¿s something good and interesting about every neighbor, except one¿but then, even Mrs. Steinbott, turns out to have a kind heart and a mystery! Author Springstubb introduces characters from Mo¿s melting pot cul-de-sac. Da, Mo¿s neighborhood grandma, is a big-hearted woman who is beginning to have trouble living alone. Her best friend Mercedes is frustrated with her own family¿s changes, a new stepdad. Since Mo¿s mom died, she has been responsible for her little sister, Wild Child Dottie. Her father dreams of starting his own business and selling the house; and because of a shady real estate speculator, he may get his chance to sell Mo¿s precious Fox Street home. While solving the mystery of Mrs. Steinbott and discovering the Fox Street fox, Mo has to learn to adjust to the changes she dreads. Young readers from third grade through middle school may enjoy reading about Mo¿s adventures, friendships, imagination, and loyalties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Tif. I am a female. Plz can I join?~&bull;&bull;&bull;Tif&bull;&bull;&bull;