The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant

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Magic things happen at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas. No one quite knows why, but people think it’s because the cafe building was once a theater. They figure the walls absorbed enough magic during those years of lights and costumes and opening nights to last forever. Ten-year-old Clara is another reason for the magic. She believes anything might happen--and it always does. “Newbery Medalist Rylant breaks new ground in producing this whimsical tale, dextrously weaving extraordinary events into the fabric of ordinary life. As she gently guides her characters toward their magnificent destinies, the strength of her imagination and the depth of her sensitivity will impress even the reluctant reader.”--Publishers Weekly
 

About Cynthia Rylant

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CYNTHIA RYLANTis the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young people, including the new poetry volumeLudie's Life; the beloved Mr. Putter & Tabby series; the Henry and Mudge series; and the novelMissing May, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published September 1, 2006 by Perfection Learning. 64 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Scenes from a cafe in Flowers, Kansas, where ``magic'' mingles with everyday life.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Van Gogh Cafe

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Within the walls of a small Kansas restaurant there is magic to cure all manner of ills. In PW's words, Newbery Medalist Rylant breaks new ground in producing this whimsical tale, dexterously weavin

Feb 02 1998 | Read Full Review of The Van Gogh Cafe

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Miracles are always in the making at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kans.: the small restaurant, housed in a renovated theater, has ``magic enough to last forever in its walls.'' Readers will share the

May 29 1995 | Read Full Review of The Van Gogh Cafe

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