While No One Was Watching by Jane Leslie Conly

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Frankie tags along when his older brother and cousin go out to steal bicycles from people in the "rich" part of town. On the spur of the moment, his cousin steals a pet rabbit from a stranger's backyard and gives it to Frankie. Frankie takes the rabbit home, and keeps it as his secret. Both the rabbit and the secret are dearer to him than anything he has ever possessed. On the other side of town, however, Addie and her neighbor Maynard aren't about to give up searching for Addie's beloved pet. One small incident sets off a larger chain of events in which the youngest citizens of two very different worlds collide.
 

About Jane Leslie Conly

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Jane Leslie Conly is the author of Holt's critically acclaimed Trout Summer (an ALA Notable and Best Book for Young Adults) and the Newbery Honor Book Crazy Lady!, as well as Racso and the Rats of NIMH, which was a sequel to the Newbery Medal winner written by her father, Robert O'Brien. A graduate of Smith College, Jane Conly lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her family.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY. 208 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A stolen rabbit connects three neglected children and a pair of young sleuths in this busy, overpopulated story from Conly (Crazy Lady, 1993, etc.).

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Three children left in the care of their alcoholic aunt shakily fend for themselves.

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By writing from the children's points of view, Conly achieves a riveting immediacy and a wistful sense of irony (as when Frankie recalls, ""Lula said to watch out for trouble, and he tried to, but he wasn't always sure what trouble looked like"").

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