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The Great Unexpected (Hardcover)

Author:  Sharon Creech
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0061892327
ISBN-13: 9780061892325
Sku: 228786590
Publish Date: 9/4/2012
Pages:  226
Age Range:  12 to 16
From a Newbery Medalist. Humorous and heartfelt, this is a story of pairs--of Sybil and Nula (now estranged sisters who grew up together in Ireland) and Naomi and Lizzie (both orphans in present-day USA) and unraveling mysteries about family and identity.
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Traces the parallel stories of estranged Irish sisters Sybil and Nula and American orphans Naomi and Lizzie, whose respective explorations into their identities and struggles with misfortune are told in rotating voices. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Shoes. 50,000 first printing.
Overlapping stories set in the United States and Ireland are carefully entwined in Sharon Creech's magical coming-of-age story about healing lives torn apart by accidents, death, and anger. The American town of Blackbird Tree is home to a handful of oddballs, including best friends Naomi and Lizzie. Both orphans, they see the world very differently, Naomi with a realistic, almost cynical edge, while Lizzie chooses to see only joy. Fervently hoping that her foster parents will adopt her, Lizzie longs for permanence, and Naomi is lovingly cared for by Nula and Joe. When a strange boy named Finn falls out of a tree, seemingly from nowhere, the girls are enchanted by him. Soon, they begin to unfold a mystery that links Finn to Nula, and Naomi feels the stirrings of her first crush. Meanwhile, in Ireland, an old woman named Sybil has a quiet rage from the past that involves love lost. The two tales come together in a surprising, incredible way. Creech won the Newbery Medal for WALK TWO MOONS.
Author Bio
Sharon Creech
Although born in the United States, Sharon Creech has spent many years living in England. In fact, it was while living in England that Creech learned she had won the most prestigious American award for children's literature--the Newbery Medal for her 1995 novel WALK TWO MOONS. Creech's first book, ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, was published in 1990. Raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Creech is a Graduate of Ohio's Hiram College and has a master's degree in English and writing from George Mason University. Creech also writes books for adults under the name Sharon Rigg.


"An enchanting tale to treasure in which ordinary folk find fairies' gold, run across crooked bridges and mend their broken hearts." 08/01/2012

"Creech's emotional intelligence will win over parents too. A key character's advice for curing heartsickness? 'You drink some hot tea with a dollop of honey in it, and then go out and run fast and hard.' I hope my daughters long remember that one." - Elizabeth Weil 11/11/2012

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0226
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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