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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374380023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374380021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the moment she sees it, Stella wants to capture the one-legged pigeon and make it her pet. Enlisting the reluctant help of her neighbor Gerald, she begins planning how she might catch the bird, which she has already named Harvey. Trouble is, her older brother Levi and his friends also want to get ahold of the pigeon, along with a host of others; in fact, it seems the entire population of tiny Meadville, South Carolina, has designs on that pesky pigeon. Who will catch it? Will it wind up as a pigeon pie? And what does a little brown dog have to do with everything? Life is slow in Meadville, and O’Connor is equally slow and deliberate in telling her story. But that’s part of this novel’s whimsical charm, and, fortunately, it’s laced with just enough suspense to keep readers awake and happy on a dozy afternoon. Grades 4-6. --Michael Cart


"O’Connor sets the stage beautifully from the very beginning. . . touching and satisfying." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Friendship and sibling dynamics get heated at times, but O’Connor’s light touch keeps the story buoyant, leading up to an ending as satisfying as a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon.”--Publishers Weekly

"[O'Connor] condenses long summer days down into their essence, quiet but humming with an undercurrent of childhood energy."--Kirkus

"Rhythmic prose." -- BCCB

"With total authorial control, O’Connor brings it all together, first creating a quiet, satisfying adventure and then an apt conclusion for peaceful, laidback Meadville. Here it is the subtlety of character and setting, rather than action, that rules the roost." --Horn Book

" …a gem of a story….Barbara O’Connor’s gift in storytelling is her restraint. Holding back allows the reader to fill in a bit, making the story more personal. Her talents make On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s an unforgettable trip." --Book Page

"Read it aloud to a classroom. Share the book at bedtime with a special child. Wrap it for the holidays. This one's a keeper." --Christian Science Monitor

More About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Swaim on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nobody does midgrade adventure stories better than Barbara O'Connor. The characters in this tale are each distinctly quirky and likable, down to the elusive one-legged pigeon who causes all the flap one summer. All the separate story threads converge to create a beautiful tapestry of small town life in the South.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By penandbrush on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sherman the elusive pigeon, a gaggle of kids determined to catch him, a little brown dog, plus a handful of unforgettable grownups = one delicious read.

Stella's full of spunk; Gerald has none. Mutt's a liar determined to be believed & bully Levi's racing around with his germ-infested friends. Barbara O'Connor, known for her lively characters, spot on southern settings & clever plots, gets her gang on the road to Mr. Mineo's and leaves us cheering. She's knocked this funny, fast-paced tale into the high tension wires.
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It was the cutest story! I got this for my granddaughter who is beginning to read. The story is delightful with enough repetition to aid children as they practice their reading skills
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