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Roberts, Ken.
Groundwood Books, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 4.1
ISBN 0888994222
This fun to read early chapter book, narrated by eleven-year-old Leon, has everything you need to keep readers hooked: great characters, a roadless island and detachable thumbs (just like the one I have right here in this box).  But let's get back to the story.  The roadless island of New Aukland has to have a bucket brigade from the ocean every time they have a fire, and the mayor had had enough.  He wrote to the Canadian Government saying that they needed a saltwater pump and the Government is sending one.

No, wait a minute, they are sending a fire truck and someone to build a station house and a road.  Not sure they need any of those, but then again they never would have met Little Charlie, who puts his thumb in a box when he sleeps at night.  If you read this story you'll figure out how they got along with their new road, station and fire truck and maybe Little Charlie will show you his thumb in a box.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)



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