When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story—and the story of a very old orange tree—connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a younger sibling’s illness, the characters’ storylines come together around that orange tree.
Taking place over the course of a day and a half, Joanne Rocklin’s masterful novel deftly builds a story about family, childhood anxieties, and the importance of connection. In the end the fate of the tree (and the kids who care for it) reminds us of the magic of the everyday and of the rich history all around us.
About Joanne Rocklin
“Examine your world closely. Ideas are all around you, even though they seem to arrive out of nowhere! Everything and everyone is unique enough to write about—because no one else is seeing things through your eyes, or feeling with your heart.”—Joanne Rocklin
Joanne Rocklin’s books have received a number of starred reviews, including those in School Library Journal praising Strudel Stories as “excellent” and The Very Best Hanukkah Gift as “spirited.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joanne Rocklin, the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books for children, is a former elementary school teacher and psychologist. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Museum of Tolerance “Once Upon a World” Storytelling Program of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and is a founding member of the outreach organization California Readers. Originally from Montreal, Joanne Rocklin has two grown sons and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gerry, and three cats.
You can also visit the Joanne Rocklin home page at www.joannerocklin.com
AUTHOR FUN FACTS
Born: March 7 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Previous jobs: Elementary school teacher, psychologist in private practice
Inspiration for writing: Almost everything!
Favorite hobbies: Cooking and baking, going to movies and plays
Favorite foods: I don’t think there is a food I don’t like, especially if it is fattening (unfortunately) and prepared to perfection!
Favorite colors: Yellow, green, brown, rust, cream. . . . The colors of autumn, which don’t really exist in Southern California, and which I miss, having grown up in eastern Canada.
Favorite books: Anything with characters who move me to laughter and/or tears, an engrossing plot, gorgeous language, depth of meaning. . . .
JAKE AND THE COPYCATS
“Children will enjoy the true-to-life interactions between these siblings.”—School Library Journal
“Rocklin makes her jewish family come alive in these warm, humorous selections. . . . Strudel Stories is an excellent choice for oral history and intergenerational projects, as well as for immigration units.”—Starred, School Library Journal
“Identifiable characters and solid storytelling should . . . touch young readers.”—Booklist
THE VE RY BEST HANUKKAH GIFT
“Written with warmth and humor, with a chapter for each night of the celebration, this is a spirited middle-grade reader that’s full of holiday tradition.”—Starred, School Library Journal
"Unfolding in one day’s time, the story recounts how secrets are revealed, curiosity is satisfied and wishing becomes hope because the spirit and ties of friendship and community are resilient and strong. Fully realized characters and setting definitely make this one morning on Orange Street amazing."—Kirkus, starred review