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Humbug Paperback – February 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140365869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140365863
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,828,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Two novels from a British writer are both poignant and chilling, with spot-on characterizations. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

With miraculous skill, Bawden places yet another set of vibrant characters in a compelling plot seasoned with cold reality, the warmth of enduring relationships, and moral ironies. Cora, eight, and her older brother and sister are to stay with their grandparents for six months while their parents are in Japan. When Granny is hospitalized, Cora is moved next door, where ``Aunt Sunday'' (no relation) has a daughter her age. Pretty Angelica's manner with adults befits her name, but she's actually a cruel, deceitful child whose adoring mother is in terror of her wiles. Fortunately, Sunday's mother, ``Ma Potter,'' a retired headmistress in failing health who is virtually captive in the household, befriends Cora, sharing her books and her philosophy on dealing with posturing and untruths: ``I.G.N.O.R.E.'' what can't be helped, especially when it's ``humbug.'' Still, when Angelica accuses Cora of stealing a ring and even Grandpa believes her lies, Cora flees in distress and anger. By the time she's brought home, though, Granny is also there and truth once again prevails--except, of course, in the social niceties. Much of the tension here grows out of the characters' complexity, shown in dozens of revealing glimpses and background details: Cora, brighter than her jealous older sister, has weathered cruel teasing before and often fibs but is fundamentally honest and kind; some of the reasons for Angelica's spite go back two generations, some are self-perpetuating--but that doesn't excuse them. A splendid, thought-provoking story. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wounderful!! What else could you ask for in a book for children? I suggest that everyone read it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "bhsstudent" on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
My book is Humbug,it is a realy nice book.You get in to when you open it up. It's got a lot of people in the book.I think that is cool because it gets the book jumpping!So your eyes light up and you keep reading. If you like to read ?? You need to read this book.But if you dont that cool to because i read it. Hope you like the book like i did.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bhsstudent" on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
My book is Humbug,it is a realy nice book.You get in to when you open it up. It's got a lot of people in the book.I think that is cool because it gets the book jumpping!So your eyes light up and you keep reading. If you like to read ?? You need to read this book.But if you dont that cool to because i read it. Hope you like the book like i did.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bhsstudent" on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
My book is Humbug,it is a realy nice book.You get in to when you open it up. It's got a lot of people in the book.I think that is cool because it gets the book jumpping!So your eyes light up and you keep reading. If you like to read ?? You need to read this book.But if you dont that cool to because i read it. Hope you like the book like i did.
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