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Of Mice and Nutcrackers: A Peeler Christmas by [Scrimger, Richard]
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“All manner of things go wrong, although eventually many things go very right. Getting to there is full of antic humour…but underlying the fun is…a weightiness driven by the novel's characters and their concerns, which makes this novel most satisfying.”
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Readers first met the Peeler family as they went on a hilarious summer road trip in "The Way to Schenectady. Now winter has come and with it the school holiday pageant. Jane Peeler, who loves to be the boss at all times, is directing her class production of "The Nutcracker. All does not go as well as she planned as she finds the plot of the presentation creeping into her own life. First, there are problems at school, caused by a gym teacher who wants the gym for basketball, not for rehearsal space. Then there's a budding romance in the cast. At home, Dad has come down with an illness, and Grandma -- grumpy, chain-smoking, profane Grandma -- comes back on the scene as a reluctant baby-sitter to Jane and her younger brothers Bill and Bernie.
The fun that ensues is pure Scrimger, and is sure to delight his legion of fans.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4046 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (June 5, 2009)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZAYS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Format: Paperback
In this sequel to THE WAY TO SCHENECTADY, Jane Peeler, 13, writes clever, funny poems to put to the music of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. His music and her poems make a great play and her class at school is performing Jane's work at their Winter Concert. Jane is the director, since she dreamed up the whole thing. Plus, she's bossy enough to tell everybody what to do and smart enough to know how things should be. But, as she discovers, that isn't all there is to directing.
Problem number one is the coach. He won't let her class use his gym for rehearsals. Then her best friend, Patti, who plays the heroine, gets a crush on Brad, who plays the hero. Their friendship starts to dissolve as Patti thinks that Jane is too friendly with Brad---and she thinks Jane bosses her around too much. Another student, Jiri, has a big body and a big heart, but a slow brain. He can't remember his few lines. Jane is sorry she even gave him lines, but she can't take them away because he is so happy to be in the play.
Jane has even more troubles at home. Her father gets pneumonia. He's the one who takes care of her and her brothers while her mother works. Things get so bad when her mother has to stay home that Jane's grandmother has to come help.
Jane is smart and determined. She knows the play will go on in spite of everything. Like everybody else, she just doesn't know how. You will enjoy reading this book to see how Jane shows nothing can get in her way.
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