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Kurzweill, Allen.
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 6.5
ISBN 0060539313
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Leon isn't too sure about starting the fourth grade this year.  He had snooped in his mother's mail and found reports from his previous teachers that weren't too good. Especially when it comes to fine motor skills.   Life at the one-star hotel his mother manages is strange enough without Miss Cronheim and the Ethical School.  His new teacher believes in the power of sewing as a virtue.  Can you believe it?  As if he doesn't have enough trouble, now everyone will know about what a kllutz he is.  When he learns that he may have to repeat the year, Leon sews a doll that is the "spitting image" of the teacher.  And he discovers that by moving the doll into different poses, Miss Cronheim follows suit as if in a trance.  Could this be magic?
SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Sewing -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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