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On the Road to Mr. Mineo's

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  270 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina—that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who's been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there's Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Square Fish (first published October 2nd 2012)
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The Styling Librarian
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor - Finishing off a story with a big smile... what a happy day it was to enjoy this gorgeous book. What a wonderful mix of characters introduced throughout the book! What a ruckus one little one-legged homing pigeon can cause! What beautifully flawed characters Barbara O'Connor creates. Fantastic community story. Loved it. Highly recommend for students 4th grade and up! (Maybe even third grade when they're strong readers!) Reading any Barbara O'Connor...more
I think my Mr. Mineo lives in my quaint little village...along with Stella, Gerald, Mutt and the others. Or maybe he once lived here....during a time when barbershops were gathering places and children spent their time creating memories in tree houses or riding their bikes. I enjoyed the multi-generational pursuit of the one legged pigeon and the ways he literally flew in and out of their lives while unknowingly creating such angst among them. While I enjoyed the book, I try to put myself into t...more
This story starts at a very slow pace, and the reader gets to view events through multiple characters, even though the story is done in all 3rd person. Barbara O'Connor was masterful at writing a book about a very small, but unique thing - a one-legged pigeon - and each time she circles around to the same characters, she very deftly adds layers to the story that help it build. But in the end, much like The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, the reader gets to celebrate with O'Connor the small...more
Hmm… I read this book over Christmas and today I sat down to finally write a review of it. But I didn't remember ANYTHING about it until after reading the summery again. Telling? I think so. It's a fine story, well written, just not memorable for me in the least. I remember thinking I was glad it was over, and I could move on to more interesting fare. No doubt there are some kids out there who will enjoy it, especially those who enjoy stories in which the setting is almost a character in its own...more
O'Connor is good at bringing characters to life and there exists a tension among the various people trying to catch the pigeon, but other than being curious about the connection between the dog and the pigeon, I had little desire to find out what would happen. Adult characters with names Edsel, Luther, and Ethel and words like 'diddly-squat', 'gol-dern-it' and 'hisself' held no appeal for me. While I loved the regional dialogue used in Three Times Lucky, this book lacked the same appeal. I kept...more
I feel like a broken record when it comes to Barbara O'Connor books. I loved this one. The spare language, the simple story, the endearing, country characters, the authentic kids, the dusty roads, and southern tone all make it a quintessential O'Connor book. I think, for me, it's an escape into a world in which I want to live. I want to escape the strife, polarization, and angst and just look for a one-legged pigeon and make sure its safe and sound where it belongs, along with a little brown dog...more
In this story a one-legged pigeon who unites many different people with one purpose: catch that pigeon!
Mr. Mimeo wants to catch the pigeon, Sherman, because Sherman is part of his pigeon flock. Stella and Gerald want to catch the pigeon because Stella wants a pet. Gerald is involved because Stella is his friend and she is forever getting him into trouble with her projects. He just cannot say no. Mutt Raynard wants to catch the pigeon because no one believes it landed on his head. No one believ...more
Gail Shipley
I could not get into this book. I read it all but was quite bored. I forced myself to read it because it was a review book.
Christina G
Soooooo the tendency I had to procrastinate in school has carried on into my professional life. Yesterday I found myself realizing that I have to read 17 books for 4th-5th graders in the next 2.5 weeks. I was given the list of books in May...

But better late than never. This is the first on my list, and thank the gods it was a relatively short read.

At first, the story seemed super boring - a bunch of kids and townsfolk chasing after a one-legged pigeon. That's it? No one has special powers? But t...more
You won't find car chases or superheroes, but you'll find a gentle story of the dreams, worries, and hopes that Sherman, a homing pigeon who has wandered from his home evokes among the townsfolk of Meadville, South Carolina. Stella wants him as a pet, and enlists her friend Gerald to help her, and a the same time thwart her brother Levi (and his scabby kneed, germ infested gang of friend) from getting him. Amos and Ethel Roper, the Meadville version of the Bickersons, argue about the one legged...more
Ms. Yingling
When one of Mr. Mineo's homing pigeons, a one-legged male named Sherman, goes astray, he becomes the focus of thought for several citizens in Meadville, South Carolina. First, Stella tries to catch it with the help of her friend Gerald, because she really wants a dog, and she has nothing better to do. Stella's brother Levi see the bird, and think it would be a good idea to catch it. Mutt has the bird land on his head, but no one believes him, so he wants to catch it. The pigeon hides a lot of th...more
Hot summer days in the quiet neighborhoods of Meadville, South Carolina, are about to be disturbed by the arrival of a one-legged pigeon and a little brown dog. Meet Stella, her friend, Gerald, Arthur Mineo, rightful owner of the pigeon along with his dog, Ernie, Luther and Edsel who play checkers and battle a mischievous truck engine, Amos and Ethel Roper who love to argue, and Mutt Raynard who lies.

This is a story of friendship, of bullies, of partners in crime, and of the magical power of dog...more
I enjoyed this new addition to Ms. O’Connor’s body of work. I liked the quirkiness of the characters from Stella and Gerald to Mr Mineo, to Sherman the one-legged pigeon.

The story is told by switching from one narrative perspective to another—although not in first person. I was engaged in the action throughout the story—an effect I believe is due to the swiftly shifting narrative perspectives, it backfires as a literary device when it comes to character. I found myself wanting deeper character d...more
Sherman, a one-legged homing pigeon, flies the coop and doesn't return to Mr. Mineo. What he does instead is catches the eye of several people in a small town: Stella, who always wanted a dog for a pet but would settle for a pigeon; Gerald, Stella's friend and "yes" man, who's just tired of being picked on; Mutt Raynard, the boy who cried wolf, who wants to catch the pigeon to prove he wasn't lying about it; Ethel, who's more concerned about the little brown dog that seems to be shepherding the...more
I had no idea a one-legged pigeon had the ability to lighten up a small town until I met Sherman. He ran away from "home" (I suspected there was an argument with Amy his companion) to the nearby small town, and drove kids and adults alike anxious with the desire to capture him. Really, who wouldn't want to own a one-legged pigeon?

I loved reading this book. I went through it in one sitting which is amazing considering I'm not a devoted contemporary middle grade fiction reader. The voice was loud...more
This was another great realistic fiction possible WAW nominee. A one-legged pigeon attracts the attention of five different groups from the same small southern town. Mr. Mineo is missing one of his homing pigeons, so is driving around looking for him. Stella wants a dog, but when she finds the pigeon and plays with him, she decides he would be a good pet. Her mean brother Levi knows Stella wants him, so tries to find him first. Then the pigeon lands on Mutt's head, but he lies all the time, so n...more
This book is just plain fun. It is late summer in Meadville, South Carolina, and Sherman hasn't returned with the other homing pigeons in Mr. Mineo's small flock. During eight days a diverse bunch of children and adults are brought together by Sherman and a little brown dog.

Barbara O'Connor has created an adventure for early chapter book readers with a cast of characters who range from childhood bullies to a grumpy old couple who love to argue. At the center of it all is Sherman, a one-legged h...more
Seems Mr. Mineo's one-legged pigeon has been missing for quite a few days and he's worried. This same one-legged pigeon has affected the lives of chums Stella(who wants to keep the pigeon as a pet)and Gerald (who is a little frustrated that he can't say NO to Stella). Levi and his scabby-kneed, germ-infested friends also want to get their hand on this pigeon, not to mention Mutt Raynard who nobody believed when he told them the bird landed on his head. And then there's the little brown dog and A...more
SHCS Library
In the style of Deborah Wiles, this is a very talented author that can weave a simple story about a small town, a pigeon, and a little brown dog into a beautiful story that celebrates small town life and community.
Debbie McNeil
O'Connor is one of my favorite authors and the perfect venue for them is an elementary classroom read aloud ! In that mill eau, she is a modern-day Twain: rich language, interesting characters, and great ethical themes. Unfortunately, they are "Librarian" books, which means the nuances and wit are lost on most middle grade readers when the books are read on their own. Perhaps Stella's hijinks would draw in more readers? I surely hope so because the messages in this book are wonderful!
As a variety of townspeople chased after a one-legged pigeon, I had to keep reading to see who would end up with him in the end.
Nice. What a nice, sweet story. The kind that leaves the reader smiling as she reads the last page and closes the book.
I would say that you'd have to be a ding-dong doodlebrain to not like Barbara O'Connor's writing and On the Road to Mr. Mineo's, but that would just be rude. Instead, I'll tell you why I do.

First of all, she uses words like ding-dong doodlebrain. How great is that? Second, her characters are so believable, you'd swear you actually know them. Or that you are one of them. Third, her kids think and act like kids. Fourth, she kind of makes me proud to live in South Carolina. And finally, her writing...more
Shanshad Whelan
This is a quiet book, a small town realistic fiction story of a one-legged pigeon and the cast of characters he brings together. It's a fast read and a light-hearted one. I think it deserves four stars, though it's not my usual reading fare. Still, it's well written, with a quiet humor. Small town summer days. The author captures characters in just a few words, but gives you a vivid picture of their everyday lives.

Karen Arendt
Stella wants a dog but her parents won't let her have one. So begins the summary on the inside flap of the book. But this is not a dog story; it is a story about a one-legged pigeon, all all these people who want to catch the pigeon for various reasons. The story is funny and entertaining. The story reads like an old time hot summer in need of a cold frosty drink story. Will appeal to animal lovers.
Suzanne Eastman
In small town America children find ways to spend their time in the most unusual ways. This story is no exception! Quirky characters that children may be able to see parts of their own personalities in, animals that appear out of nowhere and people who care about them all fall in together in another great positive fun read by this outstanding author. Good read aloud for grades 3 and up!
Great Books

Meadville, South Carolina is a sleepy, slow moving place especially in summer, but when Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town, activity moves into high gear. From Stella, who first spots the bird on a garage roof, to an elderly couple who finds him hidden in their barn, everybody wants Sherman for a pet. If they can just catch him! (Reviewer 10)
Mary Lee
If you made a Venn diagram of all of these characters, Sherman would be the spot where they all overlapped.

I tagged this book "characters," but it is also a miracle of plotting. No details are wasted. It is one that begs to be reread as soon as you finish...the second time for craft.

Another winner from Barbara O'Connor!!

Summer 2012 #bookaday #31
May 24, 2013 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-6th graders
Hot summer days, boredom, and a one-legged pigeon on the loose. Barbara O'Connor includes her usual cast of quirky characters in a small Southern town. I would like to see more of these characters, perhaps fewer in a single story in order to get to know them better. A fun read, but not as good as her book The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester.
Carrie Gelson
Barbara O'Connor has a way of letting the world slow down. She tells us stories of people, long days, longing, fussing and forgiving where the journey is as important as the destination. As always, I love how her books highlight kid adventure and big personality in small place settings. Calm. Soothing. Happy.
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Barbara O'Connor's awards include the Parents Choice Gold and Silver Award, American Library Association Notable Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, School Library Journal Best Books, and Kirkus Best Books. Her books have been nominated for children's choice awards in 38 states and voted as a state favorite by children in South Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota.

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