Figgs & Phantoms

By Ellen Raskin

From the Newbery Award-winning writer of THE WESTING online game, extra shrewdpermanent riddles and wordplay, clues to be came across, and mysteries to be solved!

A Newbery Honor book

The outstanding Dancing Figgs!
While Mona hates all of the awareness her eccentric relations carry to her on the town, there's one Figg friend she likes: her Uncle Florence, the publication broker. yet Uncle Florence retains hinting that he is going to discover his solution to Capri, the Figg relations heaven. And that implies leaving Mona at the back of. Can Mona locate Capri earlier than it really is too overdue, or will she research that issues are seldom what they appear whilst books are concerned?

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A drum ruffled; a bitter trumpet heralded the beginning of the Founders’ Day parade. “Open it up, for heaven’s sakes. I made them for negative Florence, yet he won’t be desiring them anymore, God leisure his style soul. right here, allow me assist you. ” Alma Lumpholtz led the trembling sufferer to the window seat and unwrapped her reward. What Mona had as soon as proposal a bomb was once a couple of crocheted slippers. “See, an ideal fit,” Mrs. Lumpholtz stated, putting them on Mona’s chilly ft. A whine of bagpipes proclaimed that the sanitation division used to be doing its fling. “Thank you, Mrs. Lumpholtz,” Mona acknowledged. “Would you love to observe the parade from my window? ” “Don’t brain if I do. ” Mrs. Lumpholtz dragged a chair to the window as one other customer entered the room. the lady scouts, dressed as pine cones, and their moms, waving crab-apple blossoms, danced by way of. “Hello, Mona, you’re definitely taking a look higher than you probably did the final time I observed you,” the librarian stated. “I inspiration chances are you'll like this ebook. ” “Thanks, leave out Quigley. ” Mona used to be overjoyed with the present, The facilities of ebook gathering, or even extra thrilled that the librarian used to be no longer offended together with her. “How come you’re no longer within the parade? ” “Careful, Mona,” pass over Quigley spoke back in a pretended huff. “I forgave you as soon as, while I realized you have been in basic terms requesting a Conrad name, but when you'll inform me that i've got a common musical expertise and will be down there strutting to ‘Bye, Bye Blackbird’ I’ll by no means lend you one other e-book. ” “I didn’t suggest that, fairly, leave out Quigley,” Mona acknowledged. “Well, I’ll forgive you should you permit me watch the people making fools of themselves out of your window. ” Mona didn’t comprehend even if to take omit Quigley heavily. “Make your self at domestic, Rebecca,” Mrs. Lumpholtz acknowledged, relocating her chair apart to make room for the librarian. Bump Popham rode via within the sky-blue Studebaker by means of the tap-dancing Pineapple Slicers, wearing the celebrity pitcher on their shoulders. Fido, nonetheless clutching his Joseph Conrad paperback, waved cheerfully up at Mona. He sneezed. in the back of him Kadota led the appearing Kanines, who stood on their hind legs and shook paws with each other. Mona laughed heartily and Mrs. Lumpholtz and omit Quigley applauded the appropriate functionality. A papier-mâché Grubb Hill rumbled into view. On its top, wearing pioneer buckskin, stood Gracie Jo, her eyes shaded with one hand, the opposite pointing to an imagined new city. At her aspect, additionally pointing, was once a chook puppy. Gracie Jo’s imitation of a statue used to be so convincing that pigeons got here to roost on her head. at the back of the waft trotted an impromptu cortege of six stray canine, a hog, goats, and Noodles. “Noodles! ” Mona leaned out of her window and known as to her runaway cat. Noodles appeared up on the window and darted into the health facility so fast that by the point the raspberry-red Edsel hove into sight the cat used to be purring in Mona’s lap. “We are the very types of a latest Major-General. ... ” Romulus and Remus played their act at the roof of the automobile. “Bravo! ” Mona shouted.

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