Dumbstruck by Sara Pennypacker

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When ten-year-old Ivy's parents disappear on the darkest night of the year, she tries to find them with the help of an orphan and her eccentric Aunt Zilpa.

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Before becoming an author, Sara Young was a watercolor painter. She has written several children's books including the Clementine series, Stuart's Cape, Stuart Goes to School, and Dumbstruck under the name of Sara Pennypacker. Written under her real name, My Enemy's Cradle is her first adult novel. She currently lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. As a child, Mary Jane Auch loved books and read constantly. Her interest in drawing began as a child and continued through high school. She went on to become an art major at Skidmore College. After graduation, Auch went for New York City, but after a year of designing prints for men's pajamas, she decided she wanted to do something more meaningful with her life. She enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at Columbia University, and worked for some years in a children's hospital near Hartford, Connecticut. Eventually, Auch began illustrating for Pennywhistle Press, a national children's newspaper, which led to an interest in illustrating children's books. In the summer of 1984, Auch took a week-long children's writing conference on Cape Cod. Auch finally knew that she wanted to a writer when an instructor told her that sometimes artists find they can paint better pictures with words. She began sending manuscripts to publishers, writing four novels before she sold the first one. She then sold a second book to another publisher the same week. She continued writing books for older kids, abandoning her dream of illustrating for a while. After writing nine books, she wrote and illustrated The Easter Egg Farm, and has done both ever since.
Published March 1, 1994 by Holiday House. 149 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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In a crackerjack first novel written with the verve of Margaret Mahy at her most sportive, Ivy Greene finds herself inexplicably abandoned by her normally conscientious parents.

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He also learns that this layer was thickest ``in the middle of moonless nights.'' Years later, at midnight on such a night, 10-year-old Ivy Greene (whose features have a ``slightly off-centered placement'' that ``suggested that whoever had been in charge of arranging her face may have been new at...

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