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BLOSSOM CULP AND THE SLEEP OF DEATH Paperback – January 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Yearling (1994)
  • ISBN-10: 0440901251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440901259
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Peck has written over twenty novels, and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for young adults. A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle graders as well as young adults for his mysteries and coming-of-age novels. He now lives in New York City. In addition to writing, he spends a great deal of time traveling around the country attending speaking engagements at conferences, schools and libraries...Mr. Peck has won a number of major awards for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award from School Library Journal, the National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award, and the 1991 Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi. Virtually every publication and association in the field of children s literature has recommended his books, including Mystery Writers of America which twice gave him their Edgar Allan Poe Award. Dial Books for Young Readers is honored to welcome Richard Peck to its list with Lost in Cyberspace and its sequel The Great Interactive Dream Machine...

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on April 19, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Blossom Culp is an unlikely heroine: living hand to mouth in dilapidated quarters, with a light-fingered mom who scrounges food and items to sell in the dead of night. But she is also one of the few freshmen at her school with ESP. Yet not even Blossom could have predicted that she would be chosen as the natural contact (medium) in this world and time for the spirit of a wronged Egyptian princess!
Blossom and her mom live (more like squat) in squalor on the wrong side of the tracks in a small town in 1914, when women did not have the Vote. Then a new History teacher sails into town and quickly gets both her class and their mothers into an uproar. And just what ancient secret was left hastily forgotten in an old traveling show tent? Does Alexander have what it takes to join a high school fraternity with dare-devil initiaion rites, while Blossom is ostracized by the girls? Clever plot and zippy dialogue combine to make this a fun read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rilchiam on August 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is better than "Dreadful Future". Peck has restored the slow, exquisite, romantic tone of the first two installments, and the storyline is stronger, but it still doesn't rise to the level of GIHB.
I will say upfront that I adore Blossom. Her strong will, her practicality and resourcefulness make her a character that I'm frankly surprised doesn't get more press when people are recommending books for young women. But I wish there would be less emphasis on her interaction with Letty and her minions. It's really not worth her time to worry about such things in the first place, and her crude "revenge" schemes are beneath her. I liked the perspective she had in GIHB, when she observes that she could have taken over the Sunny Thoughts/Busy Fingers, but wasn't interested, because there was a wider world available to her. I like her better when she's doing her own thing and not getting drawn into petty power games.
Secondly, when is Alexander going to man up already? Every time something out of the ordinary happens, he starts whimpering and begging for mercy like a little girl. I could understand that in GIHB, when he was 13, but he's going on 15 by now, and it's about time he started showing a maturity level at least equal to Blossom's. If he doesn't, she should just forget about him.
And as far as that goes, I wasn't entirely satisfied with the resolution of that love triangle. Alexander glares at Blossom for "losing" the INB pin so he "couldn't give it to Letty"; meanwhile, she claims to see "relief in his eyes". Or, maybe she's just seeing what she wants to see. If it really is that way, Peck should have been less ambiguous and had him say, "Well, I was going to give it to you," and have Blossom's jaw hit the pavement.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "zjedde" on October 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read all of Richard Peck's books as a child and young adult, and am now getting my daughter started on them. Blossom Culp was always one of the most entertaining heroines I knew. Her world, brought to life by one of my favorite authors, was so foreign to me, and I loved and cherished every bit of her stories, as I did all of Mr. Peck's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ¢¾ Leah ¢¾ on August 25, 2009
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I was a fan of Blossom Culp since Ghosts I have Been. But in this last adventure, I felt cheated. Not nearly as good as Ghosts, I found the story silly even for this media. And the whole things with Alexander, Im sorry but a smart girl like Blossom would have given up and moved on to better guys.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 7, 2004
Format: Library Binding
This book starts when a new teacher comes and then this girl named Letty calls a meeting to get rid of her. In the middle of using a device used to call the spirits, Blossom calls a goddess. The goddess gives her a challenge to get her goods back to her or else she will be cursed. Can she survive this quest or will she be cursed. Find it out in this exciting book of mysteries. I recommend this book because it is very exciting and it refreshes you in the morning when your going to school because it will make you think and concentrate which will refresh you.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Blossom Culp is an unforgettable character created by Richard Peck. A family favorite in our house years ago, she had almost disappeared from the public libraries hereabouts and I was happy to get this copy.
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