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Books in 26 Fairmount Avenue series

  • 26 Fairmount Avenue

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, March 6, 2002)
    A Newbery Honor BookTomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out--the hard way--that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year," he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow White, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please."A thoroughly entertaining and charming story."—School Library Journal"DePaola successfully evokes the voice of a precocious, inquisitive five-year-old everyone would want to befriend. Charming black-and-white illustrations animate the scenes and add a period flare, including a photo album-like assemblage of the characters' portraits at the book's start."—Publishers weekly
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  • On My Way

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, June 10, 2002)
    Tomie is overjoyed because his baby sister, Maureen, is finally strong enough to come home from the hospital. Over the next months, he is in a dance recital and he gets to go to the World's Fair. Soon, the school year is at an end. Summer is full of fun things to do, like going to the beach and celebrating the Fourth of July-but Tomie can't wait for school to start again. He hopes he'll get Miss Kiniry, the first-grade teacher he likes the best. In first grade he will finally-finally-learn to read. And maybe even get a library card of his own!"DePaola's writing and recollective skills are so fresh that kids will feel like he's sitting right next to them, telling his tales in and out of school with disarming charisma and not a hint of nostalgia." (The Horn Book)"More please." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)
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  • Things Will Never Be the Same

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 24, 2004)
    Tomie has his own diary with a lock and a key&150now he can write down all his secrets and no one will be able to read them. All through the year, exciting things happen and Tomie writes about them in his diary. Sledding down the steep hill on his new Junior Flexible Flyer, being a pirate in the dance recital, and starting second grade with real art lessons at last! Then one Sunday morning Tomie's family hears news on the radio that changes everything. Master storyteller Tomie dePaola takes us back to 1941 and lets us experience what life was like growing up in the dePaola household.
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  • For the Duration: The War Years

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, July 30, 2009)
    Tomie keeps hearing the phrase, ?For the duration.? Gas is being rationed ?for the duration.? The Fourth of July fireworks will be the last show ?for the duration.? So many things will be different as long as the war goes on, but much of Tomie?s life goes on as usual. He?s excited about starring in a dance recital, taking the bus around town all by himself, and having his first Communion. But Tomie is also still getting over his cousin?s death in the war, and he has to say good-bye to his uncle as he ships off to basic training. And then he has a run-in with some bullies and his brother doesn?t even help him out. Luckily, Tomie knows there are a lot of people he can count on for the duration.
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  • Here We All Are

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, March 6, 2002)
    Sequel to the Newbery Honor Book!In this second installment in beloved author Tomie dePaola's autobiographical 26 Fairmount Avenue series, young Tomie and his family are setting into their new house. Charming and lively, with dePaola's trademark illustrations, this is a wonderful addition to the series.
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  • Why?

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, Feb. 1, 2007)
    World War II is raging in Europe, and young Tomie finds that everyday life has changed in many ways. Sure, there’s still New Year’s Eve to celebrate, and he still has to face penmanship and arithmetic in second grade— definitely not his strongest subjects. But now he has to wear an extra sweater to school because they’re trying to conserve coal for heating. And a shopping trip to Hartford for Easter outfits seems more urgent in the face of looming shortages. Just as he did in I’m Still Scared, the first installment of The War Years, beloved author Tomie dePaola touchingly illuminates the emotional confusion of a child’s life during wartime. Why? is another strong addition to the award-winning 26 Fairmount Avenue series.
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  • 26 Fairmount Ave: 1-4

    Tomie dePaola, Shelly Frasier

    Audio CD (Listening Library, Jan. 16, 2002)
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  • Here We All Are

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (Putnam Juvenile, April 3, 2000)
    In this sequel to 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie and his family prepare for an addition to their family, and encounter all the adventures that go with expecting a new baby. 30,000 first printing.
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  • Things Will Never Be The Same

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (Putnam Juvenile, Feb. 10, 2003)
    After receiving a diary for Christmas, Tomie spends the next year recording all the wonderful things he has done as the months roll by, but when he hears of the attack on Pearl Harbor on the radio, Tomie immediately knows that everything in the world has changed forever.
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  • 26 Fairmount Avenue

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, April 5, 1999)
    Tomie dePaola's stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award.
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  • What a Year!

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (Putnam Juvenile, March 4, 2002)
    In a review of the third 26 Fairmount Avenue book, On My Way, School Library Journal said, "Readers will be delighted with the final line: 'There's more coming!'" Well, here it is: Celebrate Tomie's sixth birthday in style, watch as he dresses up as Snow White for his first halloween trick-or-treating, join in as he celebrates holidays with his family, suffers through a bout of the chicken pox, and gets to stay up to see in the new year! In the fourth book set at the Newbery-Honor winning address of 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie dePaola brings us more heart-warming, funny stories about his childhood. What a year it was indeed!
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  • I'm Still Scared

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (Putnam Juvenile, Feb. 16, 2006)
    First-grader Tomie experiences uncertainty in the weeks following the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. What are the grown-ups talking quietly about at home and even at school? Why does his class have to go to the spooky furnace room for an air raid drill? Why does the family hang thick black curtains on the windows? Tomie’s mother is there to comfort and explain the confusion, and Tomie feels better. But he’s still scared. Normal, everyday activities such as Tomie’s first music lesson, dance class and Christmas shopping with Dad go on as usual, but the day-to-day effects of the war are always there. An emotionally strong addition to an award-winning series.
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