Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Coman, Carolyn.
New York : Front Street, 2004
IL 3-6, RL 3.0
ISBN 1932425098
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When Ray and Ivy’s parents are sent to prison for embezzlement, the children are forced to live in the custody of their parents’ accusers, the conniving Marietta Noland and her ancient husband. Moving into “the big house”, the children experience many unsettling events, such as observing a spider coming out of a decaying wedding cake and the frightening instrument Marietta uses to decapitate her eggs. Ray becomes so scared that he wets his bed. “The rain in Spain” (Ray’s bed wetting problem) infuriates wicked Marietta. How will Ray and Ivy escape from “the big house”, and will they ever find evidence to clear their parent’s names from the embezzlement charge? Read this hilarious, suspense-filled adventure and find out what happens to these precocious victims.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)
SUBJECTS:     Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
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