The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli

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The grand opening of the Dancing Pancake isn't the only new thing in Bindi's life: new friends, a new apartment, maybe even a cute new crush? But there are other changes, like her dad's move to a new city, that have left Bindi confused and wondering: What will happen to my family? Will this new life ever feel normal? Among the unlikely bunch of regulars who form a makeshift community at the diner, Bindi will try to figure out how to be a new version of herself, one pancake and one silly elephant joke (her uncle's specialty) at a time.
With plenty of surprises, milk shakes, fake spiders, and real feelings, readers are sure to flip for the sweet mix of humor and heart in The Dancing Pancake.

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About Eileen Spinelli

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EILEEN SPINELLI is the author of almost 50 books for young readers, including the middle-grade novels Summerhouse Time and The Dancing Pancake for Knopf, as well as picture books like Miss Fox's Class Goes Green, The Perfect Thanksgiving, Hero Cat, and The Best Story. Eileen lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in eastern Pennsylvania. MARJORIE PRICEMAN is the author-illustrator of How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A., as well as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She has received two Caldecott Honor citations for Hot Air! The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, written by Lloyd Moss. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Published May 4, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bindi’s believable emotional aches exist in a fairly innocent world—where a six-year-old can roam a zoo alone, the most angry 11-year-olds might do “everything / from kicking pumpkins / to screaming ‘Banana poop!’ / in the principal’s office” and God and Sunday School teach Bindi an altruism that...

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Spinelli (who collaborated with Lew-Vriethoff on Summerhouse Time) again effectively employs free verse in this series of poems told by 11-year-old Bindi, whose parents' recent separation has thrown her life into upheaval.

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it tells the story from her perspective, in her little voice, written in small paragraphs that make each outlook, each revelation, seem like a little poem.

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Youth Services Book Review

When her parents decide to separate, Bindi and her mother move to an apartment above a café they name “The Dancing Pancake.” Written entirely in verse, Bindi’s story is about a unique summer spent helping her mother and aunt run the café.

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