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Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O'Connor
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Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia, How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. She has been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Kansas William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Indiana Young Hoosier Award, the South Dakota Children's Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside village not far from Plymouth Rock.

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    Books by the Author

    Wonderland

    Wonderland

    Barbara O'Connor
    FSG Books for Young Readers
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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    Wish

    Barbara O'Connor
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers the true meaning of family.

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    Greetings from Nowhere
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    Greetings from Nowhere

    Barbara O'Connor
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    Aggie isn't expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills has become impossible....

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    On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
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    On the Road to Mr. Mineo's

    Barbara O'Connor
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    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...

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    The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
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    The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

    Barbara O'Connor
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    Square Fish

    Once you've finally captured the most enormous frog in Carter, Georgia, what exactly are you supposed to do with it?

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    How to Steal a Dog
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    How to Steal a Dog

    Barbara O'Connor
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    Square Fish

    Georgina Hayes may be homeless, but she's not hopeless.

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    Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia
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    Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

    Barbara O'Connor
    Square Fish
    Square Fish

    Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird's problems?

    All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney World. As it turns out, Bird...

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    Taking Care of Moses
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    Taking Care of Moses

    Barbara O'Connor
    FSG Books for Young Readers
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Who left the baby at the Rock of Ages Baptist Church?

    Randall Mackey has a secret. He knows who left the baby on the steps of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church. But he can't tell anyone,...

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    Moonpie and Ivy
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    Moonpie and Ivy

    Barbara O'Connor
    FSG Books for Young Readers
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    A girl abandoned by her mother discovers the feeling of family

    Pearl's mother, Ruby, just up and left her with Aunt Ivy, who's a complete stranger to Pearl. "Your mama's...

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    Me and Rupert Goody
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    Me and Rupert Goody

    written by Barbara O'Connor
    FSG Books for Young Readers
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    "Eleven-year-old Jennalee Helton spends most of her days with Uncle Beau Goody, enjoying his friendship and helping out at his general store where she can count on her routine staying the same-unlike her chaotic life at home. But then one day Rupert Goody shows up. . .and Jennalee stubbornly refuses to accept this stranger who she fears will take her place in Uncle Beau's heart. . .Gracefully written." --The Horn Book

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    Beethoven in Paradise
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    Beethoven in Paradise

    Barbara O'Connor
    FSG Books for Young Readers
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Set in a trailer park called Paradise

    "You're just wasting your God-given talents if you don't get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play." Wylene made it sound so...

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