- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Series: Melendy Quartet (Book 2)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Third edition (January 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312375999
- ISBN-13: 978-0312375997
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was a talented writer whose many awards include the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, beginning with The Saturdays (1941). Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s, and The Saturday Evening Post.
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Recently, I read The Four-Story Mistake out loud to a group of 5 to 8 year olds at summer camp, over the period of 4 days. It took just under 5 hours, total. I couldn't believe how attentive and interested they were in the story. They *loved* the mystery of Clarinda's room, and they enjoyed Rush trapped in his treehouse in the storm. They also liked the descriptions of Christmas, and the brook, and Oliver's secret cellar room. I think they really liked keeping Oliver's secret along with him!
On the last day, at the end of the reading hour, we had two chapters left to go. I asked them, "Do you want to stop here, or should I finish the book?" They all chorused, "FINISH THE BOOK!" And so we did. And several of them afterward wanted to know whether we would read it, or the sequel, next year!