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What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb
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Jan 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: kids, humor, mystery, family, read-in-2011, summer, book-talk, middle-grade

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 I did like that real families and real behavior were presented here. For example, Mo's best friend was born out of wedlock and never knew her father. Mo's father is also not the most supervisory of parents, forced to leave Mo's younger sister in her care while he works long hours.

I'm just not sure this story was as good as it could have been though. The writing was disjointed and somewhat superficial for the subject matter. Some of the details might be over the heads of readers.
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