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Poppy's Return (The Poppy Stories) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Avi, Brian Floca (Illustrator)

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Title:Poppy's Return (The Poppy Stories)
Authors:Avi
Other authors:Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Library Binding, 240 pages
Collections:Children's Literature Read
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Didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in the series. I found Poppy's teenage son annoying and had to discuss his attitudes with my son as we read this book together. It was not as light-hearted as the other books in the series. ( )
  Pomsofa | May 7, 2008 |
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In the fifth book in the series that began with Poppy (1995), mouse Lilly urgently requests that her sister, Poppy, join her in visiting their childhood home, Gray House. Poppy travels with her rebellious teenage son, Junior, and his enigmatic friend, Mephitis, a skunk. Soon after her arrival, Poppy is hailed as the new family leader and saddled with the seemingly impossible task of saving the rundown house from destruction by the bulldozer that sits nearby. One of the book's main achievements (and an odd one it is, for a children's book) is the portrayal of Poppy's position as a member of the "sandwich generation," caught between the demands of mothering a smoldering teenager and managing an unreasonable father. Whether children will find this challenge of interest is questionable, but series fans will probably read this book just for the pleasure of keeping up with Poppy; they'll enjoy the occasional humor as well.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060000147, Paperback)

There's trouble at Gray House, the girlhood home that Poppy left long ago. Poppy's family has called her back to save them all—mother, father, sisters and brothers, and dozens and dozens of deer mouse cousins. Poppy invites her rebellious son, Junior, to join her on the long trip across Dimwood Forest, hoping the journey will bring them closer together.

But with Junior's skunk pal, Mephitis, and Ereth, the cantankerous porcupine, in tow—sugared slug soup!—Poppy and Junior may be in for unexpected adventure.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:39 -0400)

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Poppy, accompanied by her troublesome son Junior, his skunk friend, and Uncle Ereth the porcupine, responds to a summons to return to her ancestral home, Gray House, to save the mice there from destruction by a bulldozer.

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