Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery by Anna Branford

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In this irresistibly charming chapter book, the charismatic Violet Mackerel knows how to stay upbeat—even when her throat feels as if there’s a cactus in it!

Seven-year-old Violet Mackerel has a new theory: If someone has a problem and you give them something small, like a feather, or a pebble, or a purple lozenge, that small thing might have a strange and special way of helping them.

Violet gets the chance to put “The Theory of Giving Small Things” to the test when a bad case of tonsillitis requires the removal of her tonsils, and she suspects that the purple lozenge from Doctor Singh may help her in quite an extraordinary way. And indeed, with a freezer stocked with breakfast ice cream, a wonderful new friend in the waiting room, and the certainty that surgery will transform her voice into that of an opera singer on the radio, Violet’s recovery proves more than extraordinary—it is, unquestionably, remarkable.

About Anna Branford

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Anna Branford was born on the Isle of Man and spent parts of her childhood in Africa and in Papua New Guinea. Now she lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a large black cat called Florence. She writes, drinks cups of tea in her garden, and makes dolls and other small things, which she sells at early morning markets. Anna is the author of the Violet Mackerel series. Visit her at Allen lives in New York with her husband and son, where she writes and illustrates children’s books and designs characters for television. She wrote and illustrated Itsy Mitsy Runs Away and has created characters for Disney, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stop by and say hi at
Published February 5, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books.

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While her mother and sister sell their crafts and her brother plays the violin, Violet has time to visit the other vendors—especially the seller of china birds—and to plot, imagining ways to earn the $10 she needs to buy her favorite.

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Violet Mackerel makes a new friend while waiting for her tonsillectomy and cements that friendship by singing on the radio.

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It might be a friendship full of strange connections, interesting ideas and small dreams coming true – but will they be able to find each other after their recoveries?

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Violet Mackerel (from Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot, BCCB 10/12) is alarmed to find that her sore throat means that she must go to the hospital for a tonsillectomy.

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