Rich and Famous in Starvation Lake by Gloria Whelan
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It's been snowing for twenty-three days in Starvation Lake, but a fourth-grade contest is heating up at Starvation Lake Elementary School. It's the boys against the girls. Who can raise the most money for a winter overnight field trip? One plan involves a new kind of candy. The other includes a trip to the local funeral home! With longer chapters and occasional black-and-white illustrations, Mile 5 Road to Reading books are just right for the independent reader.

About Gloria Whelan

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Gloria Whelan was born on November 23, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. She took a strong interest in reading early in life when she was bedridden for a year with rheumatic fever. She dictated stories to her sister who would then type them. She then went on to writing poetry and later editing her high school newspaper. She attended the University of Michigan and earned her and M.S.W. degree. She began working as a social worker in Minneapolis and Detroit. She soon became tired of Detroit's hectic pace and moved to a cabin in northern Michigan.This peace was disrupted by an oil company 's desire to drill on her property. Because she did not own the mineral rights, the drilling proceeded. This experience inspired Gloria Whelan to write her children's novel, A Clearing in the Forest in 1978, which was about a boy working on an oilrig. Gloria Whelan has written several works of fiction for children and adults, many set in rural Michigan. She has also written stories set in exotic places like China and India. She won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2000 for Homeless Bird - the story of a young woman in India abandoned by her mother-in-law. Dr. Gail Saltz lives in New York City. Lynne Cravath lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Published June 1, 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 80 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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