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On Sale: August 11, 2009
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Here's the third book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes.

Moxy’s back, and ready (kind of, sort of) for her big piano recital! In this hilarious third installment about everyone’s favorite ’tween procrastinator, Moxy Maxwell is set to make her Piano Debut, playing a duet of “Heart and Soul” with her little sister, Pansy. It’s too bad she has no time to practice. Between costume fittings, trying on her crown, warming up her voice, and putting on her stage makeup, Moxy can’t possibly worry about the actual performance. But soon it’s upon her, and Moxy feels something she’s only felt once before in her entire life: nervous! She’s not sure she can go on. Of course, Moxy is Moxy and she rises to the occasion brilliantly.


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Chapter 1

The Setup

It was just after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, and Moxy Maxwell was still in bed. Outside, the temperature was sixty-four degrees. Inside, a slight (5 mph) breeze was coming through her open windows. Her white curtains were ballooning up and down as the wind came and went. Four or five birds were making chirping sounds. They were not exactly the chirping sounds Moxy was always reading about in books, but they were bird sounds just the same, reminding Moxy that she had almost forgotten about the fact of birds.

It was the perfect day not to wear a hat. The perfect day to put on her new red Windbreaker with the white piping and the three felt-lined pockets and go outside and see what was up. But Moxy didn't have time.

Moxy didn't have time because Moxy had a list of Nine Things to Do Before Tonight.


Chapter 2

In Which We Learn About Tonight

Tonight Moxy Maxwell was going to make her Piano Debut at the Palace Theater. She and her sister, Pansy, who had just turned five (and still could not tie her shoes), were going to play a duet called "Heart and Soul."


Chapter 3

Moxy Plays the Palace

The Palace Theater was only the biggest theater in town. It had 2,400 seats and was the place where all the Big Broadway Musicals played when they came on their national tours. Moxy's Piano Debut was being held at the unfashionable hour of 5 p.m. instead of the more civilized 7 p.m. because a very famous Rock Star (who no one but her mother had heard of) was scheduled to play the Palace at 8 p.m.

In fact, if Moxy's friend Sam hadn't happened to have a mother who owned the Palace Theater in the first place, Moxy's Piano Debut wouldn't have been there at all. It would have been in the basement of Temple Emanuel on Lee Road.


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Valorie Fisher

About Valorie Fisher

Valorie Fisher - Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano
I was born Ohio in 1957. My siblings were born in Alabama and California, and when I was seven we crossed the Atlantic Ocean leaving Swarthmore, Pennsylvania for “Swinging” London. We lived in London for the next seven years, where I grew up on humbugs, bubble and squeak, Mary Poppins, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
When I was fourteen, my family packed up again, this time crossing the English Channel to Italy. For the next three years, we lived in Milan and Rome, where I happily adapted to gelato, Giotto, fettuccine and Fellini. After finishing high school, I returned to London for a year and worked as a photographer’s assistant.
In 1975, I crossed the Atlantic again to study art at the Museum School in Boston. Four years later with a BFA from Tufts University and the Museum School, I moved to New York City to be a struggling artist. I struggled successfully over the next twenty years working with art galleries, museums, photography collections, and as a photographer, and prop stylist. My gypsy gene inspired travels to India, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. Somewhere along my zigzagged path, I met my husband, had two children and moved to a 200-year-old farmhouse in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In 2000 inspired by the birth of my second child, I wrote and illustrated my first children’s book, My Big Brother. Since then, I have written and/or illustrated six more books, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy, High Can a Dinosaur Count?, Ellsworth’s Extraordinary Electric Ears, My Big Sister, Nonsense! (by Edward Lear) and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (by Peggy Gifford).
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2009:
"This is a solid addition to a popular series, sure to attract new fans."


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