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Editorial Reviews


"Most winning of all . . . is the romance itself, which bursts out in a joyful, honey-sweet dénouement that’s destined to be one of the great romantic moments in preteen fiction." - STARRED review The Bulletin of the center for Children's Books

"Extremely well-done." - STARRED review, Publishers Weekly

"An outstanding tale of love, loss and the true power of friendship." - STARRED review Kirkus Reviews

"Achingly sweet." - STARRED review, Booklist

About the Author

Phoebe Stone’s first novel, ALL THE BLUE MOONS AT THE WALLACE HOTEL, was hailed as “haunting and poetic” by THE NEW YORK TIMES. Her first novel for Arthur A. Levine Books, DEEP DOWN POPULAR, received a starred review in BOOKLIST. THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE received two stars. And her most recent title, THE BOY ON CINNAMON STREET, received a whopping four starred reviews. Phoebe lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545215129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545215121
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joyousreads on February 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tooth-achingly sweet and incredibly sad.

It's a story about a thirteen year old girl who has gone through a traumatic event that her mind blocked most of her treasured memories and with it, most of her former identity. Cartwheels used to be as natural as walking for Louise, but ever since that day, she quit gymnastics altogether. She used to write poetry, but now she's just bitter most of the time. This is a story about a girl who had become but a shadow of her former self and a boy who would do anything to bring the old Louise back.

For me, it's Louise's relationships with everyone that made the story. At times, it seems like the entire universe was conspiring for her memory to come back; little triggers and subtle push constructed within the sequence of plot events. There was nothing complex or even original about the plot, it's something I've read before. But I couldn't take anything away from the intricate way with which the author peeled the layers, bit by bit, to reveal what Louise's mind was shielding from her.

This was a story of a girl who had to come to terms with her mother's death, her father's abandonment, her over all lack of self-esteem. All heavy subjects, yes. But I love that the author used facile humour frequently to lure us into Louise's world. They weren't the ones that induced bouts of rip-roaring laughter but just enough to for us to see the lighter side of her life. Henderson, the boy who had harboured a crush for Louise was the icing on the cake of this heart-tugging story. He's so quirky, dorky, funny, and just plain lovable. I kept thinking, where was a boy like this when I was in seventh grade, huh? How come they don't make them like him anymore? He's the sweetest!

The Boy on Cinnamon Street is an uplifting story about a grieving family and of incomparabe friendships. I laughed, I teared, I rooted for the underdog and cheered for the innocence of romance between Thumb and Hen. It's a touching story of a girl
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the story about a girl who used to be someone different. Who used to feel alive, loved gymnastics, being with her friends and writing poetry. It's a story about a girl who dealt with something so traumatic it changed her completely. This is the story about a boy who loves this broken girl and will do anything to make her feel whole again. This is a poignant story about love, forgiveness and finding the strength to move on.

If being in 7th grade wasn't already hard enough, think of how hard it would be if you moved schools, stopped talking to all your friends, quit gymnastics (even though you were the star on the team), moved in with her Grandparents and completely shut yourself off from the world around you. This happens to Louise, a once bright young girl who's only way to cope with something so horrible she locks it deep inside herself and pushes everyone and everything else away. Luckily for her, her best friend Henderson, his sister and her Grandparent's are in her life and no matter what never wavier on their love for her. Louise is a character I laughed with, cried with and wanted to give her a big ole mom hug and tell her she would get through this and be an even stronger person that she is now.

Phoebe Stone's prose is poetic, and hauntingly beautiful. She takes some serious, realistic subject matters and introduces them in a way that young readers will be able to relate to them. I loved the way she allowed me to get to know Louise through her interactions with those around her. Little by little Phoebe peeled back the layers of Louise and what her mind was shielding from herself and me as a reader, until one beautiful Spring morning Louise confronts everything she's kept locked up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on May 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I want to say about this book is that the author has a seventh grader's voice pitch perfect. Louise, who has changed her name to Thumbelina because she is so small, lives with her grandparents after some sort of trauma in her family. Her best friends are brother and sister Henderson and Reni. She has recently moved in with her grandparents - who are certainly unique individuals - and changed schools. She used to love gymnastics but doesn't do them anymore because she is being harassed by other girls on the squad.

The main focus of this story is a sort of mystery. Someone is leaving Thumb notes and other indications of regard. Her best friend Reni decides that it is the pizza delivery boy - Benny, who is a ninth grader at her school. She immediately starts making plans to get Benny to invite her to the upcoming dance. They find out where he lives and "casually" walk by his house. Reni puts a note which she and Thumbelina wrote together in his locker. They buy him a cute bumper sticker for his locker. They go to his house on the excuse of selling magazines in case he answers to door. Reni is sure that Thumb has a crush on Benny. Thumb is not sure she does. After all, the last crush she had was on Frosty the Snowman when she was six.

While the girls are doing their plotting and planning, Henderson is there as a sturdy and secure best friend to Thumb. Careful readers will know who was leaving the things for Thumb to find long before she figures it out.

The startling reason for Thumb's change of name, change of address, and almost change of personality and her gradual recover make this a very heart warming story. I recommend it for thoughtful readers and think it is a great pick for a mother daughter book club.
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