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Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty...
Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty...
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  • Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends! An exciting new book from National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff.
    Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie's parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse smack between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly between them. It was the day Winnie's seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew and grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself.
    By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses—and her friends decide to join her. It's kids versus grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, Winnie discovers that things can get pretty complicated pretty fast! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever.
    In the newest novel by beloved National Book Award finalist Lisa Graff, kids have turned the tables on their parents, and all the rules have been tossed out the window. But does Winnie have what it takes to hold her ground and keep everyone happy?
    This story, with a pitch-perfect middle grade voice and zany yet poignant situation, is perfect for fans of Sharon Creech, Louis Sachar, and Jack Gantos.
    Featuring Ariana Delawari as Winnie, alongside a full cast of narrators:
    Michael Crouch, as Lyle
    Robbie Daymond, as Joey
    Lauren Fortgang, as Jolee
    Felicia Leicht, as Tabitha
    Sunil Malhotra, as Aayush
    Kathleen McInerney, as Greta
    Cassandra Morris, as Squizzy
    Tara Sands, as Brogan and Logan
    and also featuring an ensemble cast
    Praise for Lisa Graff's novels:
    Lost in the Sun
    * "Graff writes with stunning insight [and] consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    * "Weighty matters deftly handled with humor and grace will give this book wide appeal."—School Library Journal, starred review
    * "Characterization is thoughtful."—BCCB, starred review
    Absolutely Almost

    * "A perfect book to share with struggling readers."—Booklist, starred review
    * "Achingly superb, Albie's story shines."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    * "Graff's...gentle story invokes evergreen themes of coming to appreciate one's strengths (and weaknesses), and stands out for its thoughtful, moving portrait of a boy who learns to keep moving forward, taking on the world at his own speed."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

    A Tangle of Knots

    "Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories that draw you in."—Entertainment Weekly, A-
    * "Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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  • From the cover The Last Day of Fourth Grade
    a year before what happened happened

    There are a lot of things you should probably know to understand why a bunch of kids decided to climb up a treehouse and not come down. But to really understand it, you'd have to go way back in time, and peek through the living room window of a girl named Winifred Malladi-Maraj, on her last day of fourth grade. Since time travel isn't possible, you'll just have to picture things. So picture this:

    After walking home from school, Winnie stepped through the front door, with her backpack over her shoulder. Winnie's parents were sitting on the living room couch, with their hands in their laps. They were watching the front door, like they'd been waiting for their daughter for a long time.

    Winnie pulled off her backpack and dropped it in the doorway. Buttons, who is the world's greatest cat, wove his way between Winnie's legs, like he knew she was about to need snuggling. "Mom?" Winnie said, squinting her eyes at her parents on the couch. "Dad?" She could tell right away that something weird was going on.

    It's probably important to know that Winnie's parents have never been exactly normal. Like, instead of playing board games after dinner, the way some families did, Winnie's dad—a biologist—might sit her down for a slide show about his latest research on the beneficial properties of bat guano, which only made Winnie wish she'd never eaten dinner at all. Or Winnie's mom—a mathematician—might try to explain her current work on the Conway's thrackle conjecture, which only made Winnie wish she'd never grown ears.

    (Once, Winnie made the mistake of asking if she and her parents could play Boggle after dinner, and afterward she'd had to sit through a two-hour presentation of all of her parents' many awards and grants—none of which, they informed Winnie, had been won playing Boggle—and a four-hour argument about whether or not Winnie's dad had more awards than Winnie's mom because there were simply more prizes for biologists than there were for mathematicians.)

    (Winnie never asked about Boggle again.)

    But finding her parents waiting for her on the couch together seemed especially weird to Winnie. Because, normally, Winnie's parents weren't even home when she got out of school. Normally, Winnie started her homework all by herself and then heated water on the stove exactly at 5:55 p.m., so the pot would be boiling and ready to put pasta in as soon as they got home. (Winnie's parents were very precise about mealtimes.)

    (They were very precise about a lot of stuff.)

    Another weird thing Winnie noticed that afternoon was the way her parents were sitting. While she was standing in the doorway with Buttons weaving between her legs, she realized that she hadn't ever seen both of her parents on the same couch before. When they watched television or sat with guests, Winnie's mom usually squished herself against one couch arm, while her dad sat in the recliner on the far side of the room.

    "What's going on?" Winnie asked. Even Buttons let out a confused mew?

    "Come sit down," Winnie's mom replied, patting the couch cushion between herself and Winnie's dad.

    "Yes," Winnie's dad agreed. (That was another weird thing, Winnie noticed. Her parents never agreed.) "Have a seat. We marked a spot for you."

    And that was the weirdest thing of all. There was a tiny X of masking tape stuck to the center of the middle couch cushion. Her parents, Winnie realized as she stepped closer, had measured out a spot for her, so that she'd be sitting exactly evenly between them—not one millimeter closer...

About the Author-

  • Lisa Graff (lisagraff.com) is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of Far Away, The Great Treehouse War, A Clatter of Jars, Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Double Dog Dare, Sophie Simon Solves Them All, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, and The Thing About Georgie. Lisa Graff's books have been named to more than seventy state award lists and have been touted as best books of the year by booksellers, teachers, and librarians. A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Lisa Graff lives with her family just outside of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @LisaGraff.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 8, 2017
    In this appealing faux-memoir, 11-year-old Winnie Malladi-Maraj is caught in a tug-of-war between her divorced parents. Unable to find perfect parity as they compete to spend holidays with their daughter, they embark on a ridiculous rash of one-upmanship, celebrating Flag Day, National Slinky Day, and World UFO Day in outlandish, time-consuming ways that leave Winnie more stressed than impressed. She is in danger of failing fifth grade until a project on local history gives her the idea to declare her epic tree house (which includes a loft, mini-fridge, and zip line) to be on sovereign soil so she won’t ever have to come down. When her friends join her, the so-called “Tulip Street Ten” makes national news. Graff (A Clatter of Jars) structures her story as a “collective memoir” that Winnie and her friends put together in hopes of winning a writing contest and avoiding flunking; editorial comments from her friends offering editorial commentary are scattered throughout on sticky notes, along with maps, memos, emails, cartoons, and how-to guides, creating a vibrant patchwork of personalities that gives voice to the power of friendship. Ages 8–12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management.

  • AudioFile Magazine As narrator Ariana Delawari portrays fifth-grader Winnie, other voices join in and express the playfulness of this story. Winnie's parents are divorcing. Delawari plays up the irony of their demands for equal time and their competition in celebrating every ridiculous holiday--like Peach Cobbler Day. When Winnie spends Wednesdays alone in the elaborate tree house between her parents' two homes, Delawari makes Winnie's mounting frustration clear. She just wants to finish her homework assignment so she doesn't fail fifth grade. Multiple voices chime in as Winnie's nine classmates deliver compassion, recipes, details of craft projects, and their own dissatisfactions. The additional voices are a great way to represent the children's diversity. Their contributions also suggest the story's many forms of communication--from sticky notes to newspaper articles. S.W. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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