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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

by Barbara O'Connor

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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    160 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. He’s so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure.

With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, Barbara O’Connor’s newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find one’s own adventures.

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"Starred Review. This small gem has the power to keep readers entranced. Ages 9-12." - Kirkus Reviews

"Interestingly offbeat characters, a clear narrative arc, and intriguing vocabulary...a satisfying read." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Save a spot on your shelves for this small adventure with a grand heart." - School Library Journal

"Starred Review. Undercurrents of poverty and dysfunction are handled with gentle humor as Popeye discovers the magic of a little adventure. Ages 8–12." - Publishers Weekly

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Barbara O'Connor has written numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, How to Steal a Dog, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and, most recently, Greetings from Nowhere, a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and currently lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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