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What Happened on Fox Street by: Tricia Springstubb

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Fox Street was a dead end. In Mo Wren's opinion, this was only one of many wonderful, distinguishing things about it.
Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Their house is in the middle of the block—right where a heart would be, if the street were a person. Fox Street has everything: a piano player, a fix-it man, the city's best burrito makers, a woman who cuts Mo's hair just right, not to mention a certain boy who wants to teach her how to skateboard. There's even a mean, spooky old lady, if ringing doorbells and running away, or leaving dead mice in mailboxes, is your idea of fun. Summers are Mo's favorite time, because her best friend, Mercedes, comes to stay.

Most important, though, Fox Street is where all Mo's memories of her mother live. The idea of anything changing on Fox Street is unimaginable—until it isn't.

This is the story of one unforgettable summer—a summer of alarming letters, mysterious errands, and surprising revelations—and how a tuft of bright red fur gives Mo the courage she needs.

Goodreads Summary

Mo Wren loves living on Fox Street. There’s something good and interesting about every neighbor, except one…but then, even Mrs. Steinbott, turns out to have a kind heart and a mystery! Author Springstubb introduces characters from Mo’s melting pot cul-de-sac. Da, Mo’s neighborhood grandma, is a big-hearted woman who is beginning to have trouble living alone. Her best friend Mercedes is frustrated with her own family’s changes, a new stepdad.
Since Mo’s mom died, she has been responsible for her little sister, Wild Child Dottie. Her father dreams of starting his own business and selling the house; and because of a shady real estate speculator, he may get his chance to sell Mo’s precious Fox Street home. While solving the mystery of Mrs. Steinbott and discovering the Fox Street fox, Mo has to learn to adjust to the changes she dreads.

Young readers from third grade through middle school may enjoy reading about Mo’s adventures, friendships, imagination, and loyalties.

Three stars               

*Review by Colleen*

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