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The Universe of Fair

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Eleven-year-old science enthusiast Miller Sanford sees himself as a responsible kid, but his parents think hes too young to explore the annual town Fair alone with his best friend. Hopeful that this year they will reconsider, Miller works extra hard to be nice to his little sister Penny and her friends. When his mother cant attend the Fair and his father has to cover her v ...more
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Peachtree Publishers
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Ms. Yingling
Oct 16, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Miller is looking forward to Fair Friday, which is a huge deal in his east coast town. He's saved up his money and is hoping that his parents will let him wander about a bit with just his friend Lewis. When the day of the fair arrives, however, there is disappointment after disappointment. He has accidentally served his father's pie entry to his little sister and her friends, so there are only two slices left for him to deliver. The mother who is supposed to watch him, his six year old sister Pe ...more
Eleven-year-old Miller Sanford can't wait to spend a day at the fair. He hopes that if he proves how responsible he is, his parents will let him explore the fairgrounds with his best friend Lewis who is constantly filming everything. But when a work crisis forces his mother to miss most of the fair, Lewis ends up saddled with his younger sister Penny--he thinks of her as Pain-elope--and involved in a mystery concerning the deaths of the Maynard sisters years ago. Plus, he accidentally served alm ...more
Haworth Library
Mar 20, 2013 Haworth Library rated it really liked it
Every year the town of Holmsbury anticipates its annual town fair. In fact the students of Holmsbury get to skip a day of school to attend the fair on Fair Day. For Miller this year is an especially important because he must convince his parents, including his overprotective mother, to let him go to the Fair on his own. He is a 6th grader after all!! But when his mother has to work on Fair day, and his father as signed up to volunteer, Miller and his 6 year old sister Penny must go to the fair w ...more
Nancy Earls
It didn't take more than a few pages for me to fall in love with Miller, the main character in The Universe of Fair. I always look for truthfulness in stories and Miller's earnestness is one of the many strengths of this book. The reader becomes immediately engaged in his desires, his struggles and challenges and his notions of budding 11 -year-old morality. Combine this with a plot that twists and turns just as rapidly as the pages, and you have a thoroughly delightful read for all ages. I have ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
I love this new book by Leslie Bulion. It kept me laughing all the way through. I really didn't want to put the book down once I began reading. There is suspense, humor, and wonderful descriptions of all the characters in the story. Coming from a town with a hugely popular fair, the book brought back so many wonderful memories of the experiences my own children had every year. It will certainly engage the younger reader as well as those beyond Miller's age. I purchased 4 copies: one for each of ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Jnase1 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It took me back to my childhood days of getting a day off for the fair. I could almost taste the corn on the cob and pronto pups as I read the description of how Miller, his best friend Lewis, and the "Pest Pack" made up of Miller's six year old sister and her two neighbor friends made their rounds at the local fair. I loved that the main character was a bit of a Science geek, but still very much an eleven year old boy who just wants to have fun with his best bud. It' ...more
Pop Bop
May 19, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
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Funny, Authentic, Generous, and Big-Hearted

You know, there's wacka-wacka middle grade humor, and frantic middle grade humor, and lots of fart/booger middle grade humor, but for droll, deadpan laughs you have to look around a little harder. To my mind, this book fits the bill quite nicely.

There are a lot of good things happening in these pages. We start with our hero/narrator 11-and-an-important-half Miller. He's smart, funny, observant, and fundamentally sound. The author has accomplished that r
Teresa Garrett
What would it take for Miller's parents to let him attend the local fair on his own? He is trying very hard to prove he is responsible but his plans seem to go awry. Is he also being haunted by a ghost as he valiantly tries herding the Pest Pack safely through the fair? Can he salvage his dad's reputation in the pie baking contest? Being responsible is harder than he could ever imagine.
Faith Hough
Great, fun middle grade story, encompassing so much of what I love about the genre: relationships (with friends, siblings, and parents), adventure (from spooky ghosts to the responsibility of being in charge of a pack of 6-year-olds at a fair!), and a spot-on, unique voice.
Finally, the hilarious illustrations complement all the good things and make them even better. :)
Miller has been anticipating the Fair Friday for forever, but the day doesn't go according to plan AT ALL. Minor irritations and mishaps become high drama as he takes on big responsibilities for the first time, and Leslie Builion captures the voice and concerns of this 11.5 year old perfectly.
A.C.E. Bauer
A fun middle grade romp. Lots of humor. And Frank Dormer's illustrations are wonderful. Perfect for the age group--even starting at 2nd grade, if they're good readers.
Kristi Fellows
Feb 09, 2013 Kristi Fellows rated it it was amazing
Growing up in a town where the Free Fair was a huge deal, I was able to put myself right back on the midway. Loved this book, can't wait to give it to other students!
Mar 20, 2013 Kerri rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, humor, fiction
I loved this book. It was so cute and I laughed several Times! Great book for older Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.
Oct 21, 2012 Mercy rated it liked it
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3-1/2- Accurately portrays of the importance of a fair in a rural community
Nov 24, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Funny, poignant, a great boy book.
Feb 17, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
This is another book I read as a read-aloud with my students. This came as a recommendation from a blog I read- It was a fun story to read with my 5th grade students.
Apr 16, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
This is middle-grade, and deals with a 6th grader's yearning for independence from his strict, loving parents and an annoying younger sister. Admirably, it incorporates a lot of science, and is geared towards boys (although fine for girls). It has a touch of mystery, ghosts and adventure. Still, it was a slow read for me (probably since I'm not a boy or in elementary school ha ha)
Jun 12, 2013 Serina rated it it was ok
decent book on young boy who has to take care of baby sister.
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