THE GOOD FORTUNES GANG by Margaret Mahy

THE GOOD FORTUNES GANG

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Age Range: 8 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Small dimensions and an appealing jacket depicting four kids in a treehouse bespeak a popular series book (and this is the first of four); readers drawn by these features won't be disappointed in this accessible story of a family moving from Australia, where they've always lived, to their rolling stone of a father's New Zealand birthplace. Dad's large extended family greets them with a party, during which ten-year-old Pete's newly met same-age cousins--led by Tracey, known as a "bad case"- -devise a scary initiation: he's to spend the night in the family graveyard. With some trepidation, Pete not only meets the challenge but is enriched by it ("Looking up...from between the tombstones, he had taken infinity by surprise. Now it made new, enormous, unending sense...this time he felt [the stars] had altered him forever")--just one of the Mahy touches that make this story special. Their older cousins give the perpetrators a taste of the fright they've tried to inflict, then good-humoredly get everyone inside without loss of face or retribution. Each deftly sketched character (and there are enough so that the genealogy provided is welcome) has the aura of a fully realized personality; they're the kind of new friends who grow ever more interesting--a boisterous, good-natured clan with traditional family songs and a delightful habit of making up new rhymes on the spot. A swell introduction to Mahy. (Fiction. 8-11)
Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-385-31015-3
Page count: 100pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993




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