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Length: 209 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 13
Grade Level: 5 - 8

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“Delivers a story that sparkles. . . . Readers will come to realize that everyone has something worth paying attention to, if you dig deep enough.” Christian Science Monitor

"The plainspoken text is clean, direct, and honest in its portrayal of pain and hope." —Booklist
 
"O'Connor carefully weaves together the hopes, fears, disappointments, sorrows and joys of her multi-generational cast to produce a warm and satisfying conclusion." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"O'Connor fans...won't be disappointed." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"O’Connor’s knack for well-developed characters and feisty protagonists is evident, as is her signature Southern charm." —School Library Journal

About the Author

Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; Me and Rupert Goody; Greetings from Nowhere and How to Steal a Dog. She has been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside village not far from Plymouth Rock.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Reprint edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007237Z6K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara O'Connor was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She draws on her Southern roots to write award-winning books for children in grades 3 to 6. Her awards include the Parents Choice Gold and Silver Award, American Library Association Notable Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books, and Kirkus Best Books. Her books have been nominated for children's choice awards in 38 states and voted as a state favorite by children in South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota. When Barbara isn't busy writing, she travels to schools to conduct writing workshops with young students, works in her garden, walks with her dogs, and thinks up ways to avoid cooking.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sloopy on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Amazing story with so many characters woven together to create a wonderful storyline. Although the characters were different ages all of them taught each other an important life lesson. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down! Tremendous read-suggested for read aloud in an intermediate classroom or even book clubs. It will lead to excellent conversations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan F. Lick on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor, widow Agnes Duncan is going to have to sell the Sleepy Time Motel that she and her husband Harold used to run. Guests are not coming, and the place is falling apart. But just as she's about to the sign the papers, three families arrive, each with a troubled child. Loretta's biological mom has died and left her with a charm bracelet showing all the places she might have gone. Now Loretta's adoptive parents are taking her on a journey to discover those places. Kirby's mom is taking him to a military-style school, but her car died and she ran out of money before she got there. Meanwhile, Willow's mom Dorothy has left her and her father, Clyde, and her dad wants to start a new life by the buying the old motel. This is a light and beautiful tale, filled with love and perfect details that make a person feel good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Swaim on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
O'Connor has crafted what may be her most heartfelt and engaging story yet, with a memorable cast of characters who spend a few lifechanging days together at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Smoky Mountains. Short chapters with alternating points of view blend into a smoothly woven text that reveals just the right amount of backstory to expose the dreams and difficulties which have led the assorted travelers to their common destination. A great classroom readaloud or gift book that invites readers of all ages to "sit and ponder" the mysteries of friendship between generations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. McNerney on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Greetings from Nowhere. What a beautifully crafted story. If I could write, this is the story I would want to tell. The characters are so well-defined that the reader develops a close relationship with each one. I was sad when I reached the end. The story was over much too soon. I can't wait to share this book with my fifth graders. I know that they will feel my enthusiasm and will want to read it as well. Thank you, Ms. O'Connor. I am looking forward to reading your other books. I hope you will consider a sequel, so that I can learn what happens to Aggie, Willow, Loretta, and most of all, Kirby. I have known many Kirbys during my teaching career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books Come Alive on February 6, 2009
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I loved this one. Wait until you meet these lovable characters. Aggie is most endearing and each child from Willow to Loretta, and even little Kirby are unforgettable. I love the way Barbara O'Conner writes. Her book, How to Steal a Dog is one of my all-time favorites. Please give us more book like these...they are great read-alouds!!
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By Psyche on October 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Greetings from Nowhere is about four main characters, five if you count the motel, which I would. Every character has his or her own story, and, of course, the stories will overlap during the course of the book.

There is something so very sweet about Barbara O'Connor's characters. On the surface, they seem simple, lacking complexity and perhaps even facile, but that is only because she does not write down every word of their stories. She leaves it to the readers to fill in the framework of the characters story, and, so, no two people will ever read this book the same way. In a way, the reader becomes part of the book. If the reader chooses to skim this book, the characters may never take on life beyond these two hundred or so pages. If the reader, instead, tries to relate to the characters, tries to see the world from the characters' point of view, then the characters will gain depth and complexity and even immortality.

It doesn't take me long to read a Barbara O'Connor -- three or four hours, maybe -- but her characters will stay with me for a very long time.

A writer with a light touch should not be mistaken for a light-weight writer.
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Format: Hardcover
The Sleepy Time Motel has seen better days. Days when guests actually showed up and enjoyed the free coffee, the complimentary maps. But Aggie's beloved Harold died and the last visitors signed the motel register nearly three months ago. So even though it's breaking Aggie's heart, she's put her Shawnee Gap, North Carolina motel, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, up for sale.

Barbara O'Connor takes three kids with little in common but the fate that put them at the Sleepy Time together, mixes them with Aggie and her cat named Ugly, and delivers a story for middle grade readers that sparkles. Young fans of her many award-winning books will find Greetings from Nowhere endearing, poignant, and even funny.

By the end of this story, readers will come to realize that everyone has something worth paying attention to if you dig deep enough. And what started out as "nowhere"? That little motel in the heart of the Smokey Mountains turns into one terrific vacation spot.

Just loved this novel. A must read!
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