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The go-between Hardcover – March 31, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1st American ed edition (March 31, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027436322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027436327
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,163,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sometimes romance needs a little push to help it blossom, and young Lexi is more than willing to give her grandmother's budding love life a nudge. Gram's object of affection is her old friend (and old secret crush) Murray Singer, a fellow ardent baseball fan who runs the newsstand across the street. In her role as go-between Lexi delivers messages (and tea and newspapers) between the two seniors. Unfortunately, her matchmaking skills are keener than she imagined, and she fears losing Gram to a new life with Murray. Hest's tender story blends nostalgia and contemporary family dynamics with a light touch. The New York setting and situations provide ample opportunities for both author and artist to present an accurate portrait of Big Apple life--complete with brownstones, all-night groceries, baseball pennants and rushing taxis. DiSalvo-Ryan's pencil and watercolor illustrations brim with a quiet intensity that reflects the energy of a metropolitan center. Bright blues and reds infuse additional life into the depiction of the characters' daily routines, and gentle facial expressions convey a wealth of emotion. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Lexi loves to rise early and watch the busy city scenes unfold beneath her window. As traffic rumbles by, Murray Singer, who runs the curbside newsstand, piles up his papers. One morning Gran, who shares a room with Lexi, joins her at the window and before long sends Lexi down with a pot of hot tea for Murray. It seems that Gran and Murray not only share a love for New York baseball; they were also once good friends living in the same brownstone neighborhood, the long ago setting for their own ball games. With Lexi as go-between, their childhood romance is rekindled and they are married. A joyous celebration takes place at the newsstand, with friends stopping by with congratulations. What a refreshing depiction of urban life! The busy city streets prove an ideal backdrop for this engaging love story as described by a totally believable child. The handsome watercolor scenes, both inside and out, add appealing details to the story. It is fun to catch a glimpse of the same passerby in several street scenes, and Lexi's apartment exudes a cozy hominess. Both text and illustration fit together effortlessly, creating a positive, culturally diverse story that will bring pleasure not only to city children, but to anyone who enjoys a happily-ever-after ending. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Amy Hest's many acclaimed children's books include the New York Times bestseller Kiss Good Night. A three-time winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, she lives in New York City. She claims to have absolutely no hidden talents, unless you count an uncanny interest in coffee ice cream and certain dogs in the Wheaten Terrier or Airedale family. Amy likes to take long walks (in the city), ride a bike (in the city), and swim (also in the city). She likes movies and reading, of course!

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