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Angel spreads her wings
Delton, Judy.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Angel, whose active imagination always causes her to expect the worst, is given many new things to worry about when her stepfather plans to move the family to Greece for the summer.
Reading Level:
640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 3.0 31158.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 6 Quiz: 20538.
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Hamburg Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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With the excitement of her mother getting married and having a baby, Angel is ready for a nice long summer at home in Elm City, Wisconsin. But another change is brewing for poor Angel. Her stepfather is taking the family to Greece to meet their new grandparents. Angel will have to get on a plane and fly over the ocean to a foreign land - will she have to use one of those airsick bags on the plane? Will there be anything to eat in Greece besides those little fish with their heads on? How will she understand her grandparents? And, most important, will Angel ever make it back home or will her stepfather want the family to stay in Greece forever? Back by popular demand, here is another fast-paced, hilarious adventure for that much-loved character, Angel. Change isn't always easy, but even worrywart Angel just may spread her wings a little as she learns that home is where the heart is.

Author Notes

Judy Delton was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 6, 1931. She graduated from a special two-year teachers' program offered through the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul during teacher shortages. She left teaching elementary school to write in order to stay home and raise her four children.

During her lifetime, she wrote more than 200 books for young readers including the Pee Wee Scouts series, the Kitty series, and the Angel series. She also wrote a handbook entitled The 29 Most Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. She conducted writing workshops in her home and wrote a column for Once Upon A Time, a St. Paul newsletter for aspiring authors of children's books. She died of a blood infection on December, 31 2001 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. This is the sixth book in the popular middle-grade series about Angel, who previously had to adjust to her mother's remarriage and the birth of a new baby. Even though she loves her stepdad and adores the baby, she still hates change and is looking forward to a predictable summer playing with her best friend, Edna. She soon learns that she's in for something else that is new: her new dad (who is Greek) is taking the whole family to Greece for the entire summer. They will be staying with his parents, who don't speak English and live in a small house with no electricity. As the title indicates, Angel not only adjusts but also flourishes in this new environment, and she comes to love her new grandparents dearly. Angel is a likable protagonist with a strong following, and her adventure in Greece will top the summer reading list for her many fans. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Angel is "a person for whom the saying `Home Sweet Home' was written." She anticipates enjoying the summer before sixth grade with her friends and with everything just the same as it has always been. Then her mother and beloved stepfather, who is from Greece, announce that the family is spending the summer in his country to get to know his relatives. Once there, Angel copes with goat's milk and smoked fish with their heads left on, her brother Rags becoming lost and found, and being left with her grandparents who don't speak English while her parents spend the weekend on an island. By the story's end, Angel goes home with a much-deserved gift of worry beads from her grandfather, stories for her friend Edna, and maybe even a new tolerance for change. Throughout the book, Angel worries herself into hugely (and hilariously) imagined disasters only to find out that reality is not as bad as she anticipates. While the story succeeds on its own, fans of the previous novels about Angel will welcome this new installment.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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