Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

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Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

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About Mark Dunn

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Mark Dunn is the author of more than twenty-five full length plays. Belles and Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain have together received over 150 productions throughout the world and he has been the recipient of several national playwriting awards. His first novel Ella Minnow Pea was met with great critical acclaim and was finalist for the BookSense Book of the Year as wll as winning Borders' Original Voices Book of the Year. Welcome to Higby (2002) was also a BookSense 76 selected title and is now available in paperback Originally from Memphis, TN he now lives in Greenwich Village, NYC.
Published December 30, 2014 by Anchor. 208 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At the end of the novel, Ella suggests a memorial to those who suffered from the High Council's tyranny: "a large box filled with sixty moonshine jugs–piled high, toppling over, corks popping, liquor flowing.

Sep 17 2002 | Read Full Review of Ella Minnow Pea

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Sadly, the government of Nollop takes those letters away, snapping the ties that make, strung together, letters words, and words thoughts.

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Ella Minnow Pea


Recommended for lovers of words, language, short books, books about letters, or anyone who is looking for a way to lighten up after reading Solzhenitsyn, whom I love, by the way.

Jan 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Ella Minnow Pea

Daily Kos

No idea what to do next, but I'm supposed to go out of town not too far off, so I should choose something for it :) .

Apr 10 2013 | Read Full Review of Ella Minnow Pea

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