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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)
Other authors:Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Library Binding, 240 pages
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In this last book in the Poppy series by Avi, Poppy is called home by her sister Lilly to help her father avoid the destruction of Gray House. Poppy is reluctant to leave since she and her teenaged son Ragweed Jr. have grown apart especially since he started spending all his time with the skunk Mephitis and painting his fur black. Poppy decides to bring Jr. and Mephitis with her, and Uncle Ereth follows in secret. When they arrive at Gray House, Poppy is named her father’s successor but she has no intention of filling the role. Meanwhile, Ereth, Ragweed, and Mephitis accidently destroy Gray House before the humans have a chance to, but this ends up being a blessing in disguise. The story is disappointingly uneventful, instead focusing on the repair of Poppy’s relationships with her son and father which may not capture the interest of the intended age group. While the character development is excellent, this does not make up for the lack of plot or the hasty conclusion. Additional selection. Ages 8-11. ( )
  alovett | Oct 16, 2014 |
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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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.

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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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