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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Sunday Fowler, nearly 12, feels nearly invisible, stuck in the middle of six siblings who always seem to get noticed by their harried parents. She sees her chance to make her mark when her father, who has been renovating a library several hours away, makes arrangements for his family to stay with him for the summer as he completes the job. Many moments of hilarity and conflict in the large family are nicely captured, but there are just too many of them. Readers may be initially sympathetic to Sunday's plight as the middle child, especially after she is left behind at a rest stop, but her constant tallying of slights quickly grows wearisome. She also comes off as a user. The friendships she strikes up are means to an end, and the mild mystery she tries to solve feels contrived. Also, it's a bit of a stretch to accept  that the children would be allowed access to a construction site where no qualified personnel are working and be expected to pitch in and help one moment, and then be allowed to range freely around town the next because it is convenient to the plot. Other details that don't add up include sending Sunday down darkened stairs to an equally dark basement with a flashlight to count lightbulbs or having the ability to view activity on the front porch of a house from its third-story window.–Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Almost 12-year-old Sunday Fowler is the middle of six children, too young to hang with her sisters and too old for her brothers. Constantly worried that she will never stand out in such a large family, Sunday suffers the ultimate indignity when her parents drive off from a gas station without her—and don’t even realize that she is missing. When the family relocates to the small town of Alma, Pennsylvania, so that her father can help to renovate the town library, Sunday is determined to do something that will make her famous. A new friend, a cantankerous neighbor, and an anonymous manuscript discovered in the library basement are all the ingredients she needs. Eland’s sophomore effort (Scones and Sensibility, 2009) is a contemporary story with the feel of a classic. Loving references to favorite books and a strong ensemble of supporting characters contribute to the well-paced and enjoyable story. There are no shocks in store for the reader, but Sunday is such a believable character, both in her self-doubt and in her ultimate triumph, that this book is certain to stand out. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean

More About the Author

Lindsay Eland is married to a man with a smile so wide it makes his eyes water and take on the shape of half moons. Together they have four kids who make every day an adventure in love, in laughter, in mystery, and in wonder.

Other little facts? Lindsay has a great big dog named Cowboy, and two rats...yes rats. She's pretty good at imitating people. She will never kill an insect unless it is in her shower. Rainy days are her favorite. Lindsay gets easily sick in the car, on airplanes, and swinging on swings. She has her nose pierced. Making people laugh is the best feeling in the world to her. She love, love, loves to sing and still does ballet, even though it's in her living room. Lindsay has an affinity for chicken fajitas and homemade chocolate chip cookies...though not at the same time. She adores anything chocolate (hold the nuts please), and she's only had long hair once in all her 30 years of life (she was able to keep herself away from scissors for about eight months).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Serafini on November 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I chose all the stars because it was better than what you would think. Lindsay Eland is an over the top writer so if you finish this book than I would suggest to keep reading the whole collection of her books. As me a fifth grader I challenge you to finish all the books of the collection,but people who want to compete I hope you enjoy this amazing collection of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Brown on July 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was FANTASTIC! My daughter and I read it together, she is 9 and we loved the main character Sunday from the first couple pages! PERFECT summer read, could not have enjoyed it more!
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The writing style of this book was rather simplistic - too simplistic for my 6th grader but would be suitable for 5th grade or below or a reader who doesn't want to have to work too hard.

Initially the main character was too whiny for my taste but grows up over the course of the story.
Perhaps that was the writer's intention.

Was a little sparse for a bookclub pick - this was one of the least interesting discussions the girls had since there wasn't a great deal to analyze.
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By Dena on February 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Kids that are fans of contemporary, small town settings and mysterious neighbors will enjoy this book. It's a sweet, nostalgic feeling story about a girl that feels lost in her family. I also come from a family of six kids, so I could totally relate to Sunday's desire to stick out. I also loved the way her parents could never remember her name. When families get large, parents tend to get names mixed up. I do it all the time to my own kids and I only have two.

I liked the characters for the most part. Sunday's family is imperfect and beautiful. Her little brothers are exactly what little brothers are like. Their home is a wonderful chaos and I can see how Jude, Sunday's new friend, is drawn to it. Sunday herself is mostly fun and interesting. I like her enthusiasm and interest in the mystery surrounding the manuscript. She gets rather whiny at some points and I got tired of reading about how she is the only one that goes unnoticed and how her family always steals her lime light.

All in all, it is a good book that kids will probably enjoy.

Content: clean
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