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The noonday friends
Stolz, Mary, 1920-2006.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1965]
Physical Description:
182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.7 8 Quiz: 08464 Guided reading level: R.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Eleven-year-old Franny Davis and her best friend share school and family problems in this realistic, often humorous story set in New York's Greenwich Village.

1966 Newbery Honor Book
Notable Children's Books of 1965 (ALA)
Children's Books of 1965 (Library of Congress)
"City" Books of the Sixties (The Instructor)

Author Notes

Mary Stolz was born on March 24, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied at the Teachers College of Columbia University and the Katharine Gibbs School before going to work at Columbia as a secretary. She suffered from debilitating arthritis and wrote her first book during a long convalescence. To Tell Your Love was published in 1950.

She wrote more than 60 children and young adult books during her lifetime including Ready or Not, Some Merry-Go-Round Music, Leap Before You Look, The Leftover Elf, Emmett's Pig, A Dog on Barkham Street, Cider Days, Ivy Larkin, and The Edge of Next Year. In a Mirror won a Child Study Children's Book Award and The Bully of Barkham Street won a Boys' Club Junior Book Award. Belling the Tiger and The Noonday Friends were named Newbery Honor books. In 1982, she received a George G. Stone Recognition of Merit Award for her entire body of work. She also wrote one adult novel entitled Truth and Consequence. She died of natural causes on December 15, 2006 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)