A Likely Place by Fox

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A little boy who can't spell or ever seem to please his parents spends a week with a kooky babysitter and makes a special friend.

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Paula Fox was born April 22, 1923 in New York City. When she was eight, she moved to a Cuban plantation and stayed for two years. In Cuba, she went to a one-room school with eight other students who ranged in age from six to fourteen. Fox attended nine schools before she was twelve. She spent 3 years at Columbia University but didn't graduate. Fox didn't start writing until she started a job teaching troubled children. Before that she worked in a wide variety of jobs. At sixteen, she was reading books for Warner Brothers, including Spanish novels. She was also a salesgirl, a model, a worker in a rivet-sorting shop, and lastly a lathe operator at the Bethlehem Steel during World War II. She wrote her first adult novel, Poor George, while she was living in Greece with her family followed by Maurice's Room, her first children's book. Fox is best known for her children's books, such as The Slave Dancer, which earned her a Newbery Medal and a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984. Her adult novels include The Widows Children, A Servant's Tale, and The God of Nightmares, and News from the World: Stories and Essays. Edward Ardizzone, born in 1900 in French Indochina, became a war artist during World War II. He illustrated more than twenty children's books including classics by Dickens, Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas and Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda series.
Published September 30, 1987 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 57 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Lewis undertakes to write down the letter Mr. Madruga had long planned to write to his overprotective son-in-law;

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Overprotective parents leave their son in the care of an appealingly eccentric baby-sitter who allows him some freedom.

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