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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Binny
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442482753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442482753
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of McKay's Casson books will warmly welcome the delightful and eccentric Cornwallis family, who move into a seaside cottage bequeathed to them by cranky Aunty Violet. Though the family has been penniless and has shuffled from one cramped apartment to another since Mr. Cornwallis's death, 11-year-old Binny balks at living in the house because the late Violet gave away Binny's beloved dog. Binny's deceased nemesis, with whom she has imaginary conversations, becomes an unlikely catalyst for the girl's salvation; after the move, Binny finds much-needed friends in the angry, lonely boy next door; a handsome older boy who lets her join the crew on his boat; and Kate, a kindly cafe owner. While Binny's engaging relationships with these characters is a bonus, the humorous and poignant interactions among Binny's caring older sister, independent younger brother, and insightful mother are the heart of the novel. Player's brassy b&w illustrations sit a bit oddly against McKay's elegant and often dreamlike prose, but it's a minor off note in a well-crafted story that balances moments of hilarity with poignancy. Ages 8-12.

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"Tremendously entertaining." (The Guardian)

"Try Hilary McKay. Her books are so good you want to climb inside the covers and live there." (The Daily Telegraph)

"A sensitive exploration of friendship, grief, and the often hilarious rough and tumble of families adjusting to change. More Binny please." (The Daily Mail)

"With humor, poignancy and a keen insight into human nature and family dynamics, Hilary McKay...moves in with the Cornwallises." (Jennifer M. Brown Shelf Awareness)

*"With humor, poignancy and a keen insight into human nature and family dynamics, Hilary McKay...moves in with the Cornwallises." (Jennifer M. Brown Shelf Awareness, starred review)

*"The writing is gorgeous, clear as water; the characters vivid and lively; the story so real each moment of loss, fear, delight and love absolutely visceral." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

* "Fans of McKay's Casson books will warmly welcome the delightful and eccentric Cornwallis family... the humorous and poignant interactions among Binny's caring older sister, independent younger brother, and insightful mother are the heart of the novel." (Publisher's Weekly, starred)

"This novel combines effervescent everyday-life storytelling with subtle exploration of the ripples of loss that shape young lives, and McKay fans will celebrate the introduction of an engaging new heroine." (BCCB)

*"McKay’s masterful control of the mayhem is ingenious; may the Cornwallis family, like the Conroys and the Cassons before them, have many adventures to come." (Horn Book, Starred Review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book starts strong with wonderful writing and such fun details as a beloved bookstore,a story-telling father, and a nemesis.

When Binny's dad dies, the family struggles financially which means moving schools and apartments each year, and giving up some things that they've been used to, including Binny's beloved dog Max. Granny was going to take him, but Aunt Violet thought it was too much for her. When Granny dies and Aunt Violet comes to the funeral, Binny tells her off, resulting in wholly unexpected consequences. Aunt Violet leaves her seaside cottage to the family, and "especially" to Binny. Her family is all for settling in, but Binny holds out for a bit. Once she's convinced, she is glad to be there, with an enemy Gareth next door, a cute boy at the docks working on one of the boats, and lots of adventures to be had.

This book is sure to please fans of the Penderwicks. The similarities hit me when I was about 2/3 of the way through. The family is lovely and smart, the English seaside setting is fun, and Binny and Gareth challenge each other to be the best -- or worst -- they can be.

Like the Penderwick girls, Binny has lost a parent, and it's definitely affected her life, but I like the way that the whole thing is processed on her level. It's part of who she is, but this book is not about that. And like the Penderwicks' sidekick Jeffrey, Gareth has trouble at home as well, and hanging with Binny and her family helps him forget.

This is a sweet story about friendship, family, growing up, and stretching boundaries. The characters were lovable and lovely. Six-year-old James was the most memorable. It's not exactly stated why, but he's not "quite right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alpha Reader on October 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It's all about before and after for Belinda (Binny);

Before Max, and after Max.
Before Dad Died and After Dad Died.
Before Aunty Violet Died and After Aunty Violet Died.

Because there are lots of Befores and Afters in Binny's life . . .

Before Dad Died, he gifted Binny the perfect puppy, Max, just like a dog she saw in a book once. She loved Max terribly, and he was the best dog. But then dad died, and the family had to move; Binny, her mum, older sister Clemency `Clem' and little brother, James. They moved two times after dad died, and Max didn't fit into any of their new places - so he went to live with Granny. But then Aunty Violet gave him away, said he was too much trouble for Granny and Binny hated Violet ever since.

But it was After Aunty Violet Died that they inherited her house by the seaside and finally started a proper new life since dad died.

At first, Binny was reluctant to settle into this old house where Aunty Violet's ghost still lived. But Clem and James settled in right away - Clem when she found her friend Kate, who works at a local cafe, and James when he pulls an old pink wetsuit out of the bin and discovers his love for chickens.

But Binny doesn't really start settling in until Gareth arrives. He lives in a holiday house next door, and from the first time their eyes lock it's war for Binny and Gareth.

`Binny for Short' is the middle grade book by Hilary McKay. I read the UK version (unillustrated, though the US edition includes drawings by Micah Player).

I absolutely, thoroughly and unabashedly adored this book, and was absolutely delighted to learn that this is just the first book McKay intends for young Binny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelGirl on August 1, 2013
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I have loved all of Hilary McKay' s books. Her characters are wonderfully endearing, funny, flawed people who muddle through as best they can. Binny is as brave as Rose and as eccentric as the Exiles. She possesses all the traits I have come to love in a McKay heroine. The story is by turns silly and sad, full of determination and hope and with a touch of something that might just be magic. A fantastic read.
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By Sanowe on December 7, 2014
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Good story for 4th- 5th grade students, a fun read.
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