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Author:  Kate/ Tanaka DiCamillo Illustrator:  Yoko Tanaka
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763644102
ISBN-13: 9780763644109
Sku: 211228320
Publish Date: 9/8/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
Age Range:  12 to 16
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In her newest novel, Newbery Medalist DiCamillo ("The Tale of Despereaux") conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected and making the impossible come true. When orphan Peter Augustus Duchene asks a fortuneteller about his sister, the fortuneteller''s mysterious answer sets off a chain of remarkable events.
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When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.
Kate DiCamillo's fable about a an orphaned boy in search of his sister is filled with mystery, adventure, and a glowing, irrepressible hope. On an errand for the soldier who is his guardian, Peter sees a red fortune teller's tent and can't resist spending his only coin on finding out just one thing: if his sister is still alive. The answer is odd: apparently an elephant is the key! Bewildered, Peter soon finds himself having the most amazing experience of his life. With haunting illustrations by Yoko Tanaka.
Author Bio
Kate Dicamillo
Children's book author Kate DiCamillo worked for a book distributor before convincing a Candlewick sales representative to show an editor a draft of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE. She went on to receive a 2001 Newbery Honor, and the book was made into a film in 2005. DiCamillo has been continuously and impressively successful, winning the 2004 Newbery Medal for THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, and writing numerous well-received books, including THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE and the delightful Mercy Watson early reading series.


"Reading like a fable told long ago, with rich language that begs to be read aloud, this is a magical story about hope and love, loss and home, and of questions the world versus accepting it as it is." 08/01/2009

"The mannered prose and Tanaka's delicate, darkly hued paintings give the story a somber and old-fashioned feel. The absurdist elements--street vendors peddle chunks of the now-infamous opera house ceiling with the cry 'Possess the plaster of disaster!'--leaven the overall seriousness, and there is a happy if predictable ending for the eccentric cast of anguished characters, each finding something to make them whole." 08/17/2009

"With its rhythmic sentences and fairy-tale tone, this novel yields solitary pleasures but begs to be read aloud. Hearing it in a shared space can connect us, one to one, regardless of age..." - Mary Quattlebaum 09/20/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
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