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What Happened on Fox Street

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  610 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Fox Street was a dead end. In Mo Wren's opinion, this was only one of many wonderful, distinguishing things about it.

Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Their house is in the middle of the block—right where a heart would be, if the street were a person. Fox Street has everything: a piano player, a fix-it man, the city's best burrito make
ebook, 240 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Balzer + Bray (first published January 1st 2010)
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Joanne Zienty
Jan 27, 2012 Joanne Zienty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this a day ago and this is not hyperbole: What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb. If you work with children from third grade through middle school, you should read this book and attempt to press it into their hot little hands. It made me laugh, made me think, made me cry. The author conjured beautiful, descriptive sentences that I wish I had written. You won't regret reading What Happened on Fox Street. It will grab you from the first paragraph and hold you until the las ...more
Rebecca McNutt
At times funny and at times deeply sad, What Happened on Fox Street was a fiction book that reminded me a lot of the ones I used to read when I was a kid, back before children's fiction became cheapened with slapped-together rhyming and Adobe Flash illustrations. This book is the way kid's books should be, and it's definitely worth reading.
Lovely realistic middle fiction! Mo Wren lives on fox Street a cul de sac that is just about perfect, there is music, food and friends in abundance even if the potholes grow and the houses need paint and perhaps a bit of repair. The house Mo shares with Dottie, Dad and the memory of Mom are all she has ever known or wants to know.
This is a summer of change though- Pi the boy up the street is suddenly interesting, Mercedes who spends every summer with Da who is now unwell, is very aware this wil
Mar 09, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mo lives on Fox Street, a cul-de-sac in slow decline, but also her pride and joy and her favorite place in the world. At one end is a busy urban thoroughfare with a pub on the corner. At the other is the Green Kingdom, a ravine separating the residential neighborhood from a metropark, and a great source of solace and magic for 11-year-old Mo. And she needs solace and magic, for lots of changes are afoot. Her long-awaited best friend returns for the summer, but Mercedes has issues in her new home ...more
Vikki VanSickle
Feb 12, 2012 Vikki VanSickle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Even without the adorable graphic of a cuddly looking fox curled up in the O of Fox, I would have snatched this book up based on the title alone. I love vague, suggestive titles that refer to some life changing event, such as What I Saw and How I Lied, or How I Live Now. I think it harkens back to the most intriguing title of my childhood, What Katy Did.* What Katy actually did proved to be a bit of a let down. Not so with the mysterious events alluded to in the title of What Happened on Fox Str ...more
Charlou Lunsford
Dec 12, 2010 Charlou Lunsford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j
Mo Wren, almost 11, is unsettled. Things are changing on Fox Street, the small, unique, dead end street where she lives, knows everyone, and where her memories are, especially the memories of her mother. Her father works long hours and wants to move, she is left in charge of her little sister, the Wild Child, and this may be the last summer her best friend is around. She has always wanted to see a fox, the one she thinks should live in the ravine at the end of the street. Finding a tuft of fur g ...more
Clare Cannon
Apr 05, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
A story that feels contemporary and old fashioned at the same time, that's bursting with middle-childhood impatience yet mellowed by an impressively mature thoughtfulness. Immediately we feel right at home on Fox Street, and get to know its inhabitants: Mo and her father and little sister, Merce who's come to visit for the summer, Da (Merce's grandmother), and a host of other neighbours whom we learn to view very differently by the end of the book.

What seems like an awful lot of complicated situ
Jul 11, 2011 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I enjoyed this contemporary story about a young girl who lives in a somewhat shabby Cleveland neighborhood. Her mother has died, so eleven-year-old Mo Wren is now helping her father keep the family together. Her best friend, who moved away, is back in town for the summer, so life should be good. But Mo intercepts a letter from a realtor that implies that her house (and the neighborhood) are in danger of being seized by eminent domain. Worried that her father will be quick to sell, Mo hides the l ...more
Lisa W.
Booklist Reviews
"*Starred Review* Fox Street is missing a few things. One of them is foxes. The other is Mo Wren's mother, who died when Mo's sister, Dottie, was little more than a toddler. Even though they're not around, 10-year-old Mo never stops looking for a fox in the ravine where her street dead-ends. And she never stops missing her mother, even as she takes on the responsibility of being in charge of wild-child Dottie and helping her dad. Fox Street, however, is home to some wonderful th
A cute middle-grade book about a 10 year old girl facing changes in her family, neighborhood and in her longtime friendships. Written by an Ohio author, the story is set in an older neighborhood in Cleveland, where Maureen "Mo" helps her single dad raise her and her younger sister, and she hopes to one day see an actual fox on her street (there's a little bit of magic realism at play in the fox stuff, which was really neat). The houses are rundown, but the neighbors all know each other and suppo ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
This has Newbery written all over it. I loved the book, but I do understand others' criticism of it being too Newbery-ish. The characters were beautifully written; I would even go so far as to call Fox Street itself a character. And, maybe because it takes place in Cleveland, it reminded me a lot of my neighborhood growing up. I probably would've given the book four stars had it not been for the strong effect the characters had on me.
What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb (2010)
Contemporary Realism, 218 pages
Fox Street is a block full of families, best friends, and a dead-end that really is the beginning of a ravine and a Green Kingdom, overflowing with secrets and nature. For Mo Wren, Fox street is the best place on earth, even during the worst draught of her lifetime and without her mother whose memory still lives on in Mo’s surroundings. With her mother gone, Mo becomes responsible for many of her family’s need
Robert Kent
You know how agents and editors and writing guides like to say that the setting should be a character in your story? No? Well, gee, this is awkward:) But if you have heard that, and I’d guess you have and you wondered what it meant, read What Happened on Fox Street. Fox Street is a character in this novel, I would even say a main character. Not the main character, but a main character.

Mo Wren, an eleven-year-old girl, is the protagonist, but only just barely. I think it’s telling that the first
Nov 01, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb is a book I wanted to like more. I thought the setting of Cleveland would be interesting, but Cleveland hardly comes into the story at all. I liked the fact that the story focused, for the most part, on working class families, struggling to make ends meet. Best friends Mo, and Mercedes, who has moved away but spends her summers with her grandmother, both have lost a parent. Things are changing on Fox Street, where all of Mo's memories of her moth ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-mg
Mo Wren was born on the kitchen table in her home on Fox Street. Ten years later Fox Street is still her world. She can't imagine living anywhere else.

With five houses on either side, Fox Street is bordered on one end by Paradise Avenue and on the other by a wooded ravine called the Green Kingdom. The Green Kingdom is one of the best things about Fox Street. Then there are the neighbors. There's a piano player, a teacher, the best burrito makers in the city, a woman who works in a funeral home,
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This was a thoughtful little book about one girl trying to deal with change and challenges in life. It's got a sweet main character, who is coming to terms with some hard things. I loved how it seemed to capture just perfectly the feelings of a girl who finds things are changing around her and she doesn't like that. I remember feeling the same way, about people and places and things. It definitely has charm and can help tweens who might be facing similar struggles to deal with the
Loved this! 11-year-old Mo loves living on her dead end street. She knows all about all her neighbors. She loves exploring the wooded ravine past the end of the street. And even though she misses her mom, who was killed a few years before, she and her dad and her pesky little sister have worked things out, she thinks. They're a team. Every summer Mo's best friend, Mercedes comes to stay on Fox Street with her grandma, Da. But Da's health is failing, and Mercede's parents want her to come live wi ...more
Author Tricia Springstubb channels the deep sense of community thriving in Cleveland's many pocket neighborhoods to create a timeless childhood story. Protagonist Maureen (Mo) Wren can't wait to spend the lazy, hot days of summer playing on the streets and trees of her beloved Fox Street with her best friend and neighbor's granddaughter Mercedes. But, when Mercedes arrives for her yearly visit she's a foot taller, even more gorgeous, and dressed in designer clothes thanks to her new wealthy step ...more
a nice read with a character who would keep good company with Susan Patron's Lucky, Lauren Child's Clarice Bean, and Kate DiCamillo's India Opal (of Because of Winn Dixie)...

"Mo finds a great deal of her identity in Fox Street, a move would signify a significant change. But as we know and Mo finds slammed home, some changes are out of our hands; and some are. Mercedes is also working through her own signifiers, having changed from eking to wealth, single-parent to two, etc. The relationships in
Penny McGill
The cover made me think of "Clementine" and maybe a touch of "B is for Betsy" but it is more than that. The story begins in a way that makes the story seem old-fashioned, 11-year old Mo Wren loves her neighbourhood to bits, even the crusty neighbour next door, and is fiercely loyal to it. When her best friend arrives for her annual summer visit with an across-the-street neighbour Mo is dismayed to find that her best friend is starting to see cracks in the beauty of Fox Street. That is the part o ...more
Mo Wren has lived on Fox Street her whole life...Fox Street full of eccentric and odd neighbors, abundant wild life (but no fox?), and a lifetime of memories. All of that threatens to be taken away when her Dad entertains a notion to sell the house and live his dream of opening up a family-friendly sports grill.

Her best friend, Mercedes only visits in the summer when she spends the carefree, hot, lazy days of vacation with her grandmother Da. Mo looks forward to these times above anything. You
Jan 26, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, not-graphic, life
Mo has always live on Fox Street and thinks it's a perfect place to dwell, a cozy little dead-end road with a perfect mix of neighbors and a wooded ravine at its end. She has her hard-working dad, her little sister, and a best friend to spend every summer with while Mercedes stays at her grandma. So when major changes start rearing their heads her tenth summer, it seems like perfection is falling apart. Mo won't accept the changes passively, though, and immediately starts working to remind every ...more
I can't remember another children's book I've read recently that deals with the subject of corporate land development, so I almost feel like this book should be lauded for its originality in that department alone. However, I felt like the writing didn't always live up to this topic.

There were a lot of little things that did it for me: Mo's younger sister substituting words (which was cute at first but just became annoying and grating after awhile), the little details about the neighbors which w

Mo Wren loves living on Fox Street. There’s something good and interesting about every neighbor, except one…but then, even Mrs. Steinbott, turns out to have a kind heart and a mystery! Author Springstubb introduces characters from Mo’s melting pot cul-de-sac. Da, Mo’s neighborhood grandma, is a big-hearted woman who is beginning to have trouble living alone. Her best friend Mercedes is frustrated with her own family’s changes, a new stepdad.

Since Mo’s mom died, she has been responsible for her l
Jul 13, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
It started off a bit slowly, but I really enjoyed this story by the end. It rang true as being about a small neighborhood, the kind where people don't move very often, and keep homes within the same family for a couple of generations. When urban decay and other factors threaten the quiet little place, the story, as told from the viewpoint of one of the few girls on the block, is very touching. The subplots, including the one about the elderly, cranky neighbor, were very good.
My only difficulty w
Interesting premise for this story. Set in a working class, diverse neighborhood in Cleveland, Mo Wren lives with her father and younger sister on Fox Street. She loves their life there and the smattering of stores and neighbors around. However, trouble comes when Mo finds out a sleazy developer wants to buy all the houses on Fox Street and turn the area into commercial space. Mo's father, hoping for a different life for his daughters, is considering the offer...

Interesting idea for a story, and
Destinee Sutton
A sweet story about a girl named Mo who love love loves her neighborhood on Fox Street. Mo and her little sister Dottie lost their mother when they were young, but they have a great community helping their father raise them. Trouble comes when a developer targets Fox Street for destruction and Mo's best friend Mercedes changes in ways Mo doesn't understand (basically, Mercedes' family suddenly has a lot of money). Mo has two important goals: staying on Fox Street and trying to spy an actual fox ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
There were things I loved about this book--a strong main character, themes about the importance of community and friendship, and the focus on land development, and, most of all, the idea of a girl looking for a fox just because she lives on Fox Street and believing the street had to have gotten its name for a reason. Plus it's set in Ohio!

However, I felt like there was a lot of predictability in the plot, and that some of the characters seemed a little forced. For example, Mo's younger sister wi
Oct 17, 2010 Boni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prev-library-rec
Normally, I love this kind of book- quiet-ish mid-grades with quirky characters and a tangible setting with an air of mystery about things from the past. While this was well-written, I'm surprised that I just didn't fall in love with it (all of my goodreads friends loved it, except for Elizabeth Bird- I'll be curious to see what she says about it if she does a review of it at some point.) For a childrens book, I felt like it just wasn't straight-forward enough at times, too oblique maybe, and th ...more
Addison Children
Mo has lived her entire ten years on a short dead end street with her father and little sister. (Mom is dead.) Her best friend comes every summer to stay with her grandmother across the street from Mo. Mo loves it here and is hoping to one day actually see the fox that the street is named for. Her dad, however, is thinking of selling out to a developer and fulfilling his dream of opening a restaurant with the proceeds. Boredom ensues.
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