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Down and Up Fall Hardcover – September, 1996

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Grade 3-5?Bolivia, Derek, and Rory, from Hot & Cold Summer (1984), The Cold & Hot Winter (1988), and The Up & Down Spring (1993, all Morrow), are back together while Bolivia's parents are on an archaeological dig in Turkey and Bolivia is staying with her great-aunt and uncle. As she makes new friends, Rory becomes so jealous that he retaliates with poison pen mail and becomes obnoxious. With Bolivia's help, he comes to understand the significance of the age-old maxim, "make new friends, but keep the old." Bolivia's letters to her parents add another dimension to the story, as she seeks their advice about her problems. As the story ends, she must decide whether she wants to join her parents in Turkey after their Christmas homecoming or remain with her friends in New Jersey. The author once again exhibits her understanding of young people and imbues her characters with individual characteristics. Humor, pathos, and adventure abound in this engaging story about a common childhood dilemma?possessive friends. News that a new Johanna Hurwitz book is in the library will travel very quickly. Keep the reserve list ready.?Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
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Gr. 4^-6. Living with her great-aunt and great-uncle while her parents are away, 11-year-old Bolivia starts sixth grade in an unfamiliar school, but friends Rory and Derek make the transition easier. Bolivia becomes involved in school projects, discovers a nest of feral kittens, suffers with poison ivy, and makes new friends despite Rory's possessiveness. In letters appended to each chapter, Bolivia tells her parents about her adventures and adjustments. Rory's attempts to control Boliva are a bit belabored, but Bolivia's predicaments are very real, and the various story elements fit together seamlessly. This last installment of seasonal tales about spunky Bolivia, including The Up & Down Spring (1993), should please her many fans. Linda Perkins

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 165 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068814568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688145682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,590,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book I read is called The Down and Up Fall By Johanna Hurwitz. It's mostly about a girl named Boliva who lives whith her Aunt and uncle. She already has two friends named Deek and Rory. During the book she meets a new friend named De De. After Bolivia finds kittens, De De brings over one of her friends woh is crazy about animals. His name is Aldo. Of course Derek and Rory don't like her two new friends so they act mean to them. Read to see how these kids end up. I enjoyed reading this book because it has pets in it and also because it's an interesting book to read. I think other kids around 10 years old would like this book.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 27, 2004
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This book as i said was not GOOD AT ALL! i gave it a 2 becuase it was funny in some parts but other were dull and boring. I recrmend this book who like meduim reading level dull and stupid books. THATS MY REVIEW ON THE DOWN AND UP FALL.
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