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Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Other authors: Brian Ajhar (Illustrator)

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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Jacqueline K. Ogburn, whose gorgeous fairy-tale adaptations include such titles as The Lady and the Lion and The Magic Nesting Doll, here delivers a wholly original story, one with decidedly gothic overtones and a surprise (or not) ending that is sure to appeal to readers with a slightly bent sense of humor. Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning, the beloved daughter of fabulously wealthy parents, grows up surrounded by luxury: waited on hand and foot by the servants, and tutored at home. Then one day the family chauffeur decides that he can earn more money by kidnapping Scarlett Angelina than by driving her, and a madcap adventure ensues. The "victim" is blithely oblivious to her situation (she's more interested in her kidnapper's pets, haha!), and her parents seem more concerned that she be returned before nightfall, than that she has been kidnapped in the first place...

Ogburn laces her narrative with hints galore, and while some readers might find the ending a surprise, others will guess the secret - and the inevitable conclusion to the tale - long before the climax. In either case, getting there is half the fun (although I do feel sorry for that grouchy cat!), and rereading only increases the reader's appreciation, as she sees all the hints in a new (or not) light. Brian Ahjar's accompanying illustrations, done in watercolor, ink and colored pencil, are expressive and fun. All in all, an entertaining little tale, recommended to young readers who enjoy fairy-tale-type stories with surprise endings. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 16, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803713762, Hardcover)

Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning has the crafty Wolverton smile and the huge Manning eyes. She also has something else in common with her ancestors. When she is kidnapped by Ralph the chauffer, little does he know that he's in for quite a surprise! Watercolor illustrations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:18 -0400)

Having kidnapped feisty Scarlett, the only daughter of very wealthy parents, a criminal realizes that he has made a serious mistake when the full moon starts to rise.

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