Mo Wren, Lost and Found

Mo Wren, Lost and Found


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061990397
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Series: Fox Street Series , #2
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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

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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Mo Wren, Lost and Found 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
debnance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It seems like it is so hard to find children¿s books about happy families these days. First the junior high books and now the elementary school books have taken on the task of presenting Families with Big Problems. Parents Getting Divorced. Abusive Parents. Alcoholic Parents. Even Homeless Families. Mo Wren is an exception. Yes, Mo¿s mom has died, but that¿s not the focus of this book. The plot centers on how difficult it is to move and make new friends when you are a child. A very common and difficult experience for kids, I think, and one that this book handles in a beautiful and realistic way. You grow to love Mo and her little sister and her dad and all her old neighbors and her new neighbors as you read this book. Mo is befriended in her new home by the kid that annoys everyone, and Mo is torn about becoming his friend. A very common experience for kids, and, again, one that this book handles in a beautiful and realistic way.I finished the book and found that I loved it so much that I wanted to read the first book in the series, What Happened on Fox Street. Let¿s hope the author is hard at work on book three. Delightful.Thank you to the author who sent me this copy for review.
KristiBernard on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mo has moved from her beloved Fox street to East 213th. No street name just a number. No one knew her on this confusing street, with a discombobulated, mishmash feel to it. This new environment was what Mo's dad considered to be ¿The land of opportunity.¿ Basically, he got a good deal on an old restaurant that some guy abandoned, leaving behind an old smeared apron hanging from a hook.It wasn't until Mo met Shawn that she learned about Corky's Curse, more fondly known as ¿the-you-know-what.¿ Now, the big concern for Mo wasn't the bumps in the night but what could happen or will happen at Wren's House. The newest local restaurant her father has worked so hard to put together for her and her sister. According to Shawn, Wren's House used to be owned by a sweet old lady who sold pies, but was arrested for running a gambling ring. Then there was Bruno. He ran an Italian restaurant but hated kids. Folks got sick eating his food and he went out of business. And finally, there was the mysterious case of Corky, the prior missing owner. And so solving a mystery begins. Mo is not only dealing with a whole new neighborhood where nobody knows her name, but she is also struggling with growing pains and making new friends. Springstubb has done an excellent job of creating a new adventure for Mo. Her first book, ¿What Happened On Fox Street¿ introduces these wonderful characters that you will grow to love and admire. The emotional ups and downs of a typical teenager will have readers wanting to read both books all over again.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was the second o Wren book The first on was called ¿What Happened on Fox Street¿. I loved the character of Mo. With her mother dead, she has taken on a more adult role in the family. She has always loved living on Fox Street so when her father moves them and decides to open a restaurant she is less than thrilled. She finds friends in the most unlikely place, the Laundromat. She realizes how good her friends are as they help with her father¿s endeavor. Dottie almost seemed too good to be true. She seemed happy all the time. She sends people from her place over to help Mo¿s father. Dottie has been hiding something by overcompensating with her happiness and outlook. Mo¿s little sister seems to fit in easily and Mo resents it. What Mo doesn¿t realize is how much her sister looks up to her and relies on her. This is a story that everyone can relate to on some level. This is a book I loved and a book I was thrilled to put on my school shelves.
delphica on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was cute, it's a really charming family story and it's pleasant and entertaining. Mo and her family move to a new neighborhood where her father is attempting to open a sports bar*, where she has the expected ups and downs of going to a new school, meeting new people, etc etc. I liked that it's a pretty classic plot - it's wholesome enough to be found in a 1950s book - but it reads very current.I would probably give it four stars for the its enjoyability, but overall only three because despite being charming, nothing about it really stands out for me.Grade: BRecommended: This would be a good gift book for 8 - 11 year old readers (it's not a reach in terms of reading level or content, so could also go a little younger for advanced readers).*they kept calling it a sports bar, but it made me curious about whether the author has been to a sports bar.
foggidawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mo Wren, her little sister Dottie, and their father are moving away from Mo's beloved Fox Street, to their new home on the un-magical-sounding East 213th Street, where their father plans to open a sports bar. As they settle into their new home, new neighborhood, and new schools, Mo struggles with homesickness for her old neighborhood, while Dottie seems to make a seamless transition. It takes a lots of things -- a graffiti'd bus stop, a homey laundromat with a wise and generous owner, a grumpy neighbor, a couple of new friends (including a seriously weird boy), and a lost-and-found blue sweatshirt, but eventually Mo does feel more at home.With all the charm of its predecessor What Happened on Fox Street, this book will inspire laughter and tears and delight in readers young and old.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
This sequel to What Happened on Fox Street follows Mo and her family as they move to an apartment over the previously ¿cursed¿ restaurant (The Wren House) that her widowed father hopes to open. Mo, who avoids change, is miserable in the new neighborhood. Her whole life had been spent on Fox Street where she knew and liked everyone. Warm memories of her mom, her best friend, her ¿crush¿, her neighborly grandma, and the ¿Green Kingdom¿ at the end of the cul-de-sac make her dread her new home. Mo has always been a responsible replacement in the Wren household for her deceased mother, but her father wants Mo to be free to be an eleven year old girl. Unfortunately, Mo¿s father¿s business dreams are bigger than his skills as a handy man. Luckily, Mo has become friends with Carmella and ¿goofball¿ Shawn at the ¿Soap Opera¿, the local laundromat. High energy Shawn shows her around the neighborhood, and Carmella introduces them to Homer, ¿who knows how to do some of everything, from plumbing to electrical¿. With Homer¿s help and the presence of new and old friends, Mo begins to finally see that even though change is hard¿sometimes it turns out just right. Mo discovers that her father and sister are solid and unchanging parts of her life. She discovers that even far-away friends can stay close. Through Carmella¿s eyes, she begins to see the best and most interesting aspects of everyone. Carmella passes on her philosophy: ¿Put some kindness out there, and someday it¿ll come back to you.¿ Older elementary and middle school children will enjoy reading about Mo¿s adventures and her experiences while opening the restaurant.
Anthony Binghay More than 1 year ago
Before I used my nook more often, I read this book. It's got wonderful characters, heart-warming "flashbacks", and a very beautiful ending. Join the Wrens in their great adventure, and read this book!