Elliot Fry's Good-bye by Larry Dane Brimner

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Poor Elliot Fry. His mom scolds him for tracking mud on her kitchen floor. His dad says that he makes too much noise. And now Uncle Abe is coming over and will be staying in his room. "It's not fair!" Elliot complains. "I'm leaving. Good-bye." And so he packs a suitcase and sets out on his big round-the-block adventure. Larry Dane Brimner's story about a little boy's frustrations with his family is funny, warm, and reassuring. And Eugenie Fernandes's illustrations capture all of Elliot's many moods.

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Larry Dane Brimner was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and spent his early childhood exploring Alaska's Kodiak Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in British Literature from San Diego State University, where he graduated cum laude, and later received advanced degrees in writing and curriculum development. During his twenty-year teaching career, he began to write for publication. Brimner made his debut in children's books with the publication of BMX Freestyle in 1987. It was named an International Reading Association Children's Choice book for 1988. This title was followed by Country Bear's Good Neighbor, which the American Booksellers Association named their "Pick of the List." Brimner wrote A Migrant Family, which was named a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC); Max and Felix , a nominee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Voices From the Camps, cited as a Best Book for the Teen Age by New York Public Library; Snowboarding, an IRA Children's Choice for 1998; and the Official M&M's® Book of the Millennium, an IRA Children's Choice for 2000. Brimner is the author of more than 110 books for young people. He also speaks to school children about the writing process or to teachers at conferences. Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include Earth Magic, A Difficult Day, Sleepy Little Mouse and Busy Little Mouse. She lives in Southern Ontario.
Published March 1, 1998 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Elliot decides to leave home rather than clean up his room to make space for his visiting uncle, his parents simply remind him to take his sweater and not to cross the street, thus limiting his trip to circling his own pleasant suburban block.

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Elliot Fry can cope with most of life's little anxieties--his mother's complaints about mud tracks across the kitchen floor, his father's aversion to the harmonica, his sister's tattling.

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