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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

Barbara O'Connor

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Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That's what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells' Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Then things get even better when something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and Popeye and Elvis set out on a small adventure. Who could possibly be sending the notes and what do they mean?

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NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, Texas Horn Toad Tales Master List, CYBIL Award, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, ALA Notable Children's Books, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Mississippi Magnolia, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, California Young Reader Medal Master List

EXCERPT

Chapter 1

Drip.
Drip.
Drip.
Popeye opened his eye and looked up at the heart-shaped stain on the ceiling of his bedroom. Rusty water squeezed out of the hole in the peeling plaster...

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Praise for The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

“With humor and authenticity, this beguiling tale of summer friendship mines the small, jewellike adventures of a rural childhood.” —STARRED, Publishers Weekly

“Elvis and Popeye's journey reminds readers to look for and enjoy the small treasures in their lives. Save a spot on your shelves for this small adventure with a grand heart.” —STARRED, School Library Journal

“This small gem has the power to keep readers entranced.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

“O'Connor captures South Carolina speech patterns; she quietly paces the narrative, often placing short sentences in a vertical sequence for emphasis. Yes, sometimes the best gifts come in small packages.” —The Horn Book

“The rich specificity of the experience should keep readers involved.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Interestingly offbeat characters, a clear narrative arc, and intriguing vocabulary . . . a satisfying read.” —Booklist

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About the author

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.

Barbara O'Connor

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