The Moon Over High Street

The Moon Over High Street

by Natalie Babbitt

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The new novel by Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting Joe Casimir needed help with the choice he had to make. But how do you choose the person who will help you choose? Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knew exactly what he wanted Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren't they? But Vinnie, the number-two man down at Sope Electric, didn't much approve of millionaires. He said to Joe, "Listen, kid, all of 'em act like they're the only ones with a ticket to the show!" But he didn't have any real advice to offer. Joe's Gran didn't either, as it turned out, and neither did Aunt Myra. The good advice was there, though. Right across the street. Just waiting right across the street. There are a lot of good things just waiting. You'll see.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545393027
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 889,475
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Natalie Babbitt is the author and illustrator of sixteen books, among them Tuck Everlasting, The Search for Delicious, and Kneeknock Rise, a Newbery Honor Book. Five of her books have been named ALA Notable Children's Books.

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From The Moon Over High Street

When the world you're used to, that same old world you thought you knew so well, turns itself suddenly upside down, what can you do? Everything comes tumbling off the shelves of your expectations; nothing fits anymore.

“This is Beatrice, Joe,” said Aunt Myra. “She's just your age.”
“Hi,” said Beatrice.
As for Joe, all he could do was mumble. For Beatrice Sope was beautiful, with a round, clear face, and hair as dark and shiny as fine furniture.

“I'm talking about the best of everything for that boy! For the rest of his life, he'll have all the money anyone could want! Why, to be rich–it's the American dream!”

Myra switched on the engine of the car. “Time to head home,” she said. “The sky will have to do without us for the rest of tonight.” But the stars–and the moon–would still be there, Joe said to himself with satisfaction. They were always there, whether anyone looked at them or not.

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The Moon Over High Street 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
foggidawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When twelve-year-old Joe Casimir goes to visit a distant relative for the summer, he anticipates a slightly boring few weeks. However, when a chain of circumstances brings him in contact with the wealthy Mr. Boulderwall, Joe's life could change forever. Mr. Boulderwall is looking for an heir, someone he could train up to be his replacement at the factory he started. Joe, an orphan of Polish descent, reminds Mr. Boulderwall of himself at that age. Why shouldn't he adopt the boy, he wonders, and mold him into the perfect factory manager? It would be a fantastic opportunity for Joe . . . but Joe has plans of his own, dreams that reach as high as the moon.This is a gentle, almost folksy read. The style is typical of Natalie Babbitt, and similar to that of Patricia MacLachlan. I must admit that I found the story a bit flat. Nothing in the plot, characters, or setting made the book particularly distinctive. It reads like a lazy summer afternoon -- the sort of afternoon that leaves your inner child pacing around moaning "I'm bo-ored!" Babbitt has written some lovely books, but this is not one of her strongest works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks back and forth on the edge of the woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Races out happy. Ceder and Storm follow her. Faya lags behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See ya at new camp!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She shrugged awkwardly. "I don't really have friends, so I wouldn't know."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throws up again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
he leaned on a tree listening closely
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Boys. You can now post at 'phae' results! See you there!" He says before spinning in her heel and racing out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guys. The roleplay is moved. 'Phae' res 6+ or 'enos brontos' all res.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago