TALES FROM ACADEMY STREET by Martha Derman

TALES FROM ACADEMY STREET

Age Range: 10 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In this collection of linked short stories, the ordinary becomes extraordinary: a mysterious gardener, Mr. Chop, has a gift for communicating with ducks; a self-perpetuating barbecue is the hit of the end-of-school bash; pet spiders merge with a family's computer and spin fascinating graphics. Derman quietly blends supernatural events with the commonplace, presenting characters who greet these strange occurrences with good-natured incredulity. Their responses set the tone for each story and give each its punch. Once readers get the hang of the neighborhood, they're sure to enjoy the residents of Academy Street. (Fiction/Short Stories. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-590-43703-8
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1991