On the Road to Mr. Mineo's

Barbara O'Connor

Frances Foster Books

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Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina--that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who's been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there's Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that barks all night. The pigeon lands smack in the middle of Mutt Raynard's head, but he's the town liar, so no one believes him. And when Stella's brother Levi and his scabby-kneed, germ-infested friends notice the pigeon, they join the chase, too. Meanwhile, across town, Mr. Mineo has one less homing pigeon than he used to...
 
Barbara O'Connor has delivered another ingeniously crafted story full of southern charm, kid-sized adventures, and quirky, unforgettable characters.

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CHAPTER ONE
Where the Story Begins
 
 
Highway 14 stretches on for miles and miles through the South Carolina countryside.
The land is flat.
The dirt is red.
There are mountains to the west. An ocean to the east.
Every few miles there is a gas station. A billboard. A Waffle House.
In the summer, cars whiz up the highway with suitcases strapped on the roofs and bicycles hanging off the backs. Eighteen-wheelers rumble along, hauling lumber and paper and concrete sewer pipes.
The cars and the eighteen-wheelers drive right by a small green sign with an arrow

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On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor

Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina--that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who's been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there's Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that barks all night. The pigeon lands smack in the middle of Mutt Raynard's head, but he's the town liar, so no one believes him. And when

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"O’Connor sets the stage beautifully from the very beginning. . . touching and satisfying." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Friendship and sibling dynamics get heated at times, but O’Connor’s light touch keeps the story buoyant, leading up to an ending as satisfying as a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon.”--Publishers Weekly

"[O'Connor] condenses long summer days down into their essence, quiet but humming with an undercurrent of childhood energy."--Kirkus

"Rhythmic prose." -- BCCB

"With total authorial control, O’Connor brings it all together, first creating a quiet, satisfying adventure and then an apt conclusion for peaceful, laidback Meadville. Here it is the subtlety of character and setting, rather than action, that rules the roost." --Horn Book

" …a gem of a story….Barbara O’Connor’s gift in storytelling is her restraint. Holding back allows the reader to fill in a bit, making the story more personal. Her talents make On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s an unforgettable trip." --Book Page

"Read it aloud to a classroom. Share the book at bedtime with a special child. Wrap it for the holidays. This one's a keeper." --Christian Science Monitor


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About the Author

Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O’Connor has written numerous books for young readers, including How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and, most recently, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. She lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
Barbara O'Connor

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374380021
ISBN10: 0374380023
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$16.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
April 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250039934
ISBN10: 1250039932
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$6.99

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
October 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374356569
ISBN10: 0374356564
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$4.98
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