Laurie Lawlor: Author

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    The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue

    Mary Lou and her friends are sure that Leroy, an adult who has the reputation of having once been a really bad kid, is hiding stolen money in his backyard. So they set about finding clues. And when they solve the mystery they are astonished that the worst kid to have lived on Eighth Avenue is... (you'll have to read the book).

    Reviews and Comments

    "Addie and her family are Dakota Territory homesteaders; although naturally timid, she proves her courage by making friends with Indians who visit when she is alone with her small brothers and again by saving herself and the youngest by taking refuge from a prairie fire in a well ... straight forwardly written...authentic (story)" -- Kirkus

    "The neighborhood children are sure that Leroy -- the worst kid to ever grow up on their street -- must be up to no good when he returns to his old home. ... the book contains enough far-fetched elements of mystery and surprise to keep readers interested." -- Horn Book Guide "The resolution of the mystery is...clever... Lawlor packs a lot into short sentences and compact chapters, with full color illustrations ... a particularly attractive beginning reader." -- Booklist

    "....A book that takes into account what beginning readers need: simple words, uncomplicated sentence structure..." -- Kirkus Reviews

    The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue. (1998) Holiday House. ISBN: 0823413500. 45 pg. Fiction.

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