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The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

Barbara O'Connor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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.

Maine Student Book Award Master List, West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, West Virginia Children's Book Award ML, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Maryland Children's Book Award Master List, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, Texas Horn Toad Tales Master List, Massachussetts Book Award - Honor Book, Junior Library Guild Selection, ALSC Notable Children's Book, ALA Notable Children's Books, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Virginia Readers' Choice, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Virginia Young Readers Award Master List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER . "The short, sad life of Tooley Graham was over," doesn't sound like a happy conclusion but is pitch perfect in this short, simple and endearing middle-grade novel that follows on the heels of The Small Adeventure of Popeye and Elvis (2009). - Kirkus Reviews

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Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O'Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; Me and Rupert Goody; Greetings from Nowhere and How to Steal a Dog. She has been awarded the Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts 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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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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