Enchanting story of lonely 9 year old Daniel who moves across country with his mom after his parents' divorce. The quiet neighborhood of While-a-Way Lane, his new street, smells of cotton candy and has an unusual Ferris wheel on library grounds.
Because most residents are away on spring break and his mother works outside the home, Daniel, is left to his own devices. He befriends 2 squirrels, Dewey the Postman, Tilda Butter who communicates with animals and insects, Tilda's dog Fred, and a protective host of fireflies. Everyone has a gift, and Daniel must find his.
This tender blend of realism and fantasy explores themes of separation, loss, divorce, acceptance, intergenerational friendship, and noticing the smallest details that can change a day from ordinary to extraordinary. Lovely! Highly Recommend for Grades 4-6. Marianne Bucci, Head, Children's Depr., Northeast Regional Library. 2/25/22
Reviewed by Marianne B on Feb 25, 2021
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