How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive by Janet Taylor Lisle

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Winner of Italy’s 2006 Premio Andersen Award: A young writer’s fantasy world becomes dangerously entangled with reality
Eleven-year-old Archie and his six-year-old brother, Oggie, are constantly going back and forth between their mother’s home and the apartment that their father shares with his girlfriend. To distract Oggie from the turbulence of endlessly bouncing from “Saturn” to “Jupiter” and back again, Archie invents a fantastic story about the Mysterious Mole People. When Oggie’s wallet is stolen by kids from a local gang, Archie tries to retrieve it and becomes increasingly ensnared in the gang’s dangerous activities. Even worse, he soon finds that his fictitious mole story is merging with the darkness of real life in a very frightening way.

About Janet Taylor Lisle

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Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by "School Library Journal" "Sirens and Spies", "The Lampfish of Twill", "Forest", "A Message from the Match Girl" (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and "Afternoon of the Elves", a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is "The Art of Keeping Cool", a "Horn Book" Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island.
Published September 10, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 168 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Archie becomes imprudently entangled with the gang as he plans to retrieve Oggie’s wallet, leading to a dénouement during which six-year-old Oggie drives the getaway car as the brothers narrowly escape the gang.

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To distract his younger brother, Oggie, from the trauma of their parents' separation and imminent divorce, 11-year-old Archie starts inventing a story about the "Mysterious Mole People," an underground network of people who were "normal humans once" but developed thick fur and claws.

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