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WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET by Trisha Springstubb Kirkus Star

WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET

By Trisha Springstubb

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-198635-2
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

Mo mostly loves living on Fox Street, which has everything except foxes, girlfriends and her mom (who died when she was young). Which is why she’s eagerly waiting for her best friend Mercedes to arrive and stay the summer with her grandmother, Da, who lives across the street. The first sign that this summer won’t be the same is that Mercedes has shaved her head in rebellion against her new stepfather. As the town waits for badly needed rain, tensions build when the residents receive registered letters claiming a neighbor has sold their house, and they should too. Multiple issues are linked: Mo’s dad’s unhappiness over his job with the water department, which leaves Mo in charge of her wild young sister; Da’s diabetes, which caused her to lose toes; the strange behavior of old Mrs. Steinbott; eminent domain; race relations—and Mo’s need to find a fox. Springstubb effectively turns the neighborhood into a character in its own right, one that's loving and protective. Mo’s voice is original, though it has tinctures of Scout and Harriet. What happened on Fox Street? Love, belief and caring. (Fiction. 8-12)