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Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls Paperback – May 1, 2007
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i eagerly await the second book of the series that is set to come out august 1st!
It is the story of two sisters, Flora and Ruby, who lose their parents one night in a terrible car crash. Their grandmother picks up the pieces of their lives and they move to Camden Falls to live with her. Their grandmother owns a sewing shop and the girls help her out. There they meet two other girls -- Olivia, who lives next door and whose grandmother is co-owner of the shop, and Nikki, who is poor and lives on the wrong side of town.
Flora, Olivia, and Nikki are all in sixth grade and have the same teacher, and Ruby will be in fourth grade.
The author has made a simple story very contemporary by including many social issues that kids need to face each day. There is a family contending with Alzheimers Disease and another with downsizing. Flora is faced with trying to know who she is and who her parents were, there is a lady who has been in a concentration camp, another family who has a teen with Down Syndrome, and poverty. It is an intelligent and not watered down story.
I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series and introducing them to my class in the fall.
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
I admire Ann because she shows children real life, in a sweet way. I think this book was almost a teensy bit depressing sometimes though and I feel very sad whenever I think of Robby being teased in the shop :(
When asked what interested my daughter the most in the story, she couldn't really put it to words. My guess is she could relate to both the eight and eleven-year-old characters the most. Since I spent a great deal of my young adult life in New England, I enjoyed listening to the story as the author created a world of time and place I could vividly imagine. Although some of the concepts in the book are meant for 9-12 years olds, I think even eight-year-olds can enjoy many parts of the story. A delightful book!
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff and Sahm I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe, lives near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children.
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This is a book my daughter asked for. She enjoyed reading it and asked for more books from the series.Published on June 19, 2014 by Catherine C.
Sad and happy at the same time and for the same reason!!! This book is a wonder- Ann M Martin writes her best!!!Published on April 3, 2014 by Theresa Lymbery
but if it's anything like the rest of the books in the series it will be well worth reading. I purchased this book to finish out the series that I bought at a local store for 80%... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by ljd
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this is a book that one of my granddaughters wanted as a gift. she loved the book and has asked for other ones alsoPublished on September 21, 2013 by Dot Paradis
I actually went backwards with this series odd enough! Anyways, this book was great! It had a heartbreaking storyline but then it really was just an amazing book when you got to... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Julian
I first read this book as a 9- year-old looking for something new to read. I was hooked on the Main Street series and enchanted by Ann M. Martin's charming storytelling. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Cristina
Great book. Love this book it is amazing you need to read it. Great for young and slightly older kids.:)Published on June 14, 2013 by MB
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