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THE UP AND DOWN SPRING by Johanna Hurwitz


by Johanna Hurwitz & illustrated by Gail Owens

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-11922-0
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 Rory, Derek, and Bolivia (The Hot & Cold Summer, 1984, etc.) are back; now the Woodside, N.J., boys are visiting Bolivia in Ithaca, N.Y., where they must adjust to her unusual household (exotic food, no TV) and her full spring-vacation agenda, including (to Rory's disgust) attending a ballet. But his biggest concern is a plane ride with Bolivia's uncle as pilot; embarrassed to admit his fear of flying, he feigns illness. Left alone, he discovers a fire in the house; his quick thinking prevents disaster, and, bolstered by his new hero-status, he's able to admit his fear. Later, he even accepts a second chance to fly, recognizing that real bravery is ``when you're afraid of something and you do it anyway.'' Once again, Hurwitz engagingly captures both ordinary and atypical experiences of these 11-year- olds. Amusing plays on names--plus interesting peripheral characters (Bolivia's archeologist parents; six-year-old neighbor Alexander Gian Carlo Cammarota)--add fun and color. Another Hurwitz winner. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)