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It Always Happens to Leona

It Always Happens to Leona

by Juanita Havill, Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW , this ``bittersweet family story'' concerning the trials and tribulations of a middle child provides ``warm and satisfying fare . . . just right for readers growing out of chapter books and into middle-grade novels.'' Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- It's tough being in the middle, as eight-year-old Leona knows. With a hip older sister and a younger brother who reminds people of a teddy bear, Leona is having a hard time being noticed, even when she jumps off the high diving board and gets stuck on the roof while rescuing her favorite purple purse. But when Uncle Rosco turns up for a family get-together, Leona thinks her day may finally have arrived. He knows stories about the naughty things her mother did as a child, doesn't mind if she shares his coffee, and takes her for a spin on his motorcycle. What she discovers, however, after a frightening tumble into Lake Michigan, is that she is loved after all and her parents are sympathetic to her feelings when she shares them. Leona is a feisty sort, and her constant involvement in messes, sometimes intentional, sometimes innocent, keeps the story moving at a fast pace, although the potential danger of some of her antics is unsettling. There is enough detail about the supporting characters for readers to know them, especially the easy-going, humorous Rosco. Leona's discussion with her parents at the conclusion gets across clearly, without belaboring the point, that people need to share their feelings and to understand that everything in life is not always equal. The simple illustrations and the ``Annie''-look McCully gives Leona match well with the breezy style of the writing. A story even ``non-middles'' should enjoy.-- Joanne Aswell, Long Valley Middle School, NJ

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Random House Children's Books
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7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Juanita Havill and Anne Sibley O'Brien have collaborated on five previous stories about Jamaica and her friends. Ms. Havill lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, and Ms. O'Brien lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

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