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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls Paperback – April 29, 2008

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Grade 3-6–Set in the picturesque town of Sherbet, this story centers around four girls who live on Gumm Street. Franny, Pru, and Cat are not friends (at least not at first). Pru thinks Franny is reckless. Franny thinks Pru is a big baby. And they both dislike Cat because she is just too perfect. But when Ivy moves into the neighborhood, everything changes. First she discovers a pair of ruby slippers. Then the girls' piano teacher, Mr. Staccato, disappears. And, finally, a strange and magnetic woman claiming to be his sister moves into his house. The girls soon realize that they must ban together to save Sherbet. With the help of two dogs, a jinx, Pru's copy of The Wizard of Oz, and ESP, they set out on an adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Primavera's illustrations, laced throughout the narrative, are small artistic gems that unite the text. To truly enjoy The Secret Order, readers should be familiar with L. Frank Baum's original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, even those only familiar with the 1939 film will take pleasure in this delightful tale of friendship and adventure.–Lisa Marie Williams, Fairfax County Public Library System, Reston, VA
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Franny, Pru, and Cat, enemies all, live on Gumm Street. Ivy's arrival doesn't enhance relationships. When Mr. Staccato, a piano teacher and collector extraordinaire, dies after bequeathing The Wizard of Oz ruby slippers to Ivy, a coalescing force arrives in the person of his niece, Cha-Cha, who resembles the wicked witch. To outsmart Cha-Cha, the girls join together, but before they can say "Toto," they find themselves in the land of Spoz, where Cha-Cha lives with her Paris Hilton-like wards, Coco and Bling-Bling. In her first novel, Primavera, best known for picture books, tries to combine the friendships of the Babysitters Club with the over-the-top adventures of the Baudelaire siblings, but the result is often more wearing than winsome. Still, this has moments of high humor, and like Quentin Blake's art in Roald Dahl's books, Primavera's energetic artwork often carries the day. Kids will miss a few of the jokes (Judy Garland's real last name was Gumm), but most of the humor is broad enough to hit the target audience. The first in a series. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060569484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060569488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Got a kid who reads well but is afraid to open any book that a) doesn't have pictures; and b) has more than 100 pages? Well, The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls will cure him/her of that!

Take 4 girls who distrust each other, introduce some magical shoes, a sinister woman trying to steal the shoes, some Wizard of Oz mythology, and a magical piano teacher with 2 talking dogs, and you get the makings of a great story. The girls aren't always as well defined as they should be, and the plot is a little confusing in places (hence 4 stars instead of 5), but that won't make a bit of difference to most readers. There's mystery, excitement, magic, danger and humor enough to keep all but the most stubborn readers entertained.

Best of all, The Secret Order of the Gumm Street girls is told in an easy, humorous style, with great line drawings on every page (much like those in Roald Dahl's books)--a magic formula that makes kids forget it's over 400 pages long. My daughter (9 years old) read 200 pages in the first 2 days--and that's 100 pages more than she's ever read in any book!

So forget about whatever weaknesses the book has. Ms. Primavera has more than made up for them by creating an exciting, humorous and ultimately moving novel that fills the wide gap between Judy Moody and Harry Potter.

This is a must-have for any school or library.
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Format: Hardcover
when my mom got the book I thought it was going to be really boring but every time I read it it got so interesting that I couldn't put it down. My mom makes me read 30 min each night so I can get smarter and I'm in love with this book I'm so excited for the second one to come out I hope I'll be the first one to read it. I hope my younger sister will read it it is so,so,so,so good and I hope who ever reads it nex will love it she is a great author I wish I can meet her that is how much I love her book I'm trying to find other books she as written.
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Format: Paperback
I am a very cautious person when it comes to buying books. My nine year old neice loves to read and I love to get her books she will enjoy, but I am very cautious with books I do not know the author to. I have read The Wizard of Oz and I am familiar with Harry Potter books because I read four of the seven, but when I came across this book I was intrigued to get it for my neice because as a kid I can remember having adventures with my friends in the summer and so I thought this would be a great book for her. It turns out I was right. This book is an excellent read for even the pickiest readers. It has pictures and the characters are endearing. But and I do say but because this book has an age level set at certain target age at least I think. There are stuff like new age beliefs and some supernatural which is rather mild, but is alot to take in for a seven year old to understand. As well one of the girls like to say words that could sound offensive to some. So I caution that parents/guardians read the book before handing it over to a child because in some parts the book is rather scary to some children. But otherwise like I said I would recommend this book as a great read.
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I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter (who is a voracious, precocious reader) on a whim this year: I read the flyleaf and thought it sounded interesting. My daughter had read several of the Wizard of Oz books and enjoyed them. Then, as I usually do when I choose books for my children, I randomly opened the book to multiple places in the book and started to read. It was a wildly engaging read! I finally tore myself away and bought the book. My daughter read it and ADORED it. For days, she went around imitating each of the four girls (and the book's hilarious witches). She even asked if I could change my cell phone ring to go "bling bling blingy bling bling," like one of the witches' cell phones in the book (she promised me that it's because she liked the sound of it, not because she thought I resembled the witch). The book is a fast-paced read for good readers, and it's a lot of fun to read out loud. We particularly liked how Ms. Primavera stayed true to L. Frank Baum's Oz books, not confusing the famous ruby red slippers of the movies with the magic silver shoes of the books. Bravo for this novel -- we can't wait for the sequel!
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Format: Hardcover
My eldest daughter is seven and we were having a really hard time getting her over the hump of only wanting to read the thin paperback chapter books. This book was the solution because it still had little line drawings every few pages so she didn't "feel" as if she was reading a larger hardback book. This was the transition to other, more substantial, books. And, as she said, "it was the best book EVER Mama!!" (What more endorsement do you need??)
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Format: Paperback
While I cannot give you a description or rating for this product in regards to amazons delivery, I can tell you that I read this book seven years ago, in middle school, and to this day I adore and yearn for the story within its pages. I have been on a quest of remembrance for some months now, vowing to hunt down a hard back copy like the one from my middle school library. If you are at all considering reading this book or giving it to a child, do! It taught me a great deal about life, despite being a fantastic adventure start to finish. Elise primavera is nothing short of a dream weaver, and this book is evidence of that.
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