Book details

Macmillan Children's Book

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

Author: Barbara O'Connor

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

$7.99

About This Book

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

Page Count
192
On Sale
10/11/2011
Age Range
8-12

Book Details

Don't miss Barbara O'Connor's other middle-grade work—like Wish; Wonderland; How to Steal a Dog; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; and more!

New friends, a frog, and a summer they'll never forget!

An amazing secret has tumbled off a freight train into Carter, Georgia, and Owen Jester is the only person who knows about it. If he can simply manage to evade his grandfather's snappish housekeeper, organize his two best friends, and keep his nosy neighbor, Viola, at bay, he just might be in for the summer of a lifetime. With her trademark wit and easy charm, Barbara O'Connor spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and superbly slimy bullfrogs.

This title has Common Core connections.

Imprint Publisher

Square Fish

ISBN

9780312674304

Reading Guide

In The News

“O'Connor has perfect pitch with this comic adventure, which ends with a happy resolution everyone, even the frog, can live with.” —New York Times Book Review

“O'Connor masterfully twists the two plot threads--Owen's gradual realization that Tooley must be released, and the children's Fitzcarraldo-like mission to move the submarine through brush to pond--into a fully convincing tale pitched perfectly to the upper elementary grades.” —BCCB, Starred Review

“This well-crafted novel creates a charming mix of the commonplace and the extraordinary. . . . Appealing and authentic, this tale of summertime adventure will be a hit with readers year round.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“O'Connor has spun a lovely read that perfectly captures the schemes and plans of school-age kids in the long days of summer.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“With a quiet sensitivity, O'Connor explores the effects of unemployment and relocating and the joys of both longtime companions and new, unexpected friendships. Filled with charm and wonder, this finely crafted novel reminds readers of the mysteries to be found in childhood and the outdoors.” —BookPage

“. . . the story is smoothly written, the secret is ingenious and believable, and who can resist a frog named Tooley Graham?” —Booklist

“O'Connor's funny, triumphant tale reveals the wisdom of listening to one's inner voice over the noise of one's peers.” —Publishers Weekly

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The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

$7.99