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The Good Fortunes Gang (Cousins Quartet #1)

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After living like a gypsy in Australia all of his life, Pete tries to adjust to living in a permanent place -- his father's New Zealand hometown where Pete must past a test to belong to his cousins' exclusive gang.
Hardcover, Large Print, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Chivers North America (first published 1993)
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more like a short story, and it's a fun little, enjoyable one. It moves along, has a neat little plot, and the characters are likable. Good, short, Sunday read.
Kathleen Dixon
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Fortune family grew up in a rambling old house and were very close, but Toby got footloose and went off to Australia. Now he's returning, and, conveniently, the brother who has been living in the old house is just in the process of vacating it. His children don't see it like that, and resent the returning cousins.

This lovely little story is about children (and their parents) learning to accept each other.

I was particularly struck by this paragraph:
Pete opened his eyes. He looked straight up
Sharon Buxton
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
B. children's book, contemporary fiction, grade 3, New Zealand, series, Cousins Quartet, #1
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Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo
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Cousins Quartet (4 books)
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