On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
By Barbara O'Connor
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374380021, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina--that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who's been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there's Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that barks all night. The pigeon lands smack in the middle of Mutt Raynard's head, but he's the town liar, so no one believes him. And when Stella's brother Levi and his scabby-kneed, germ-infested friends notice the pigeon, they join the chase, too. Meanwhile, across town, Mr. Mineo has one less homing pigeon than he used to... Barbara O'Connor has delivered another ingeniously crafted story full of southern charm, kid-sized adventures, and quirky, unforgettable characters.
Barbara O’Connor has written numerous books for young readers, including How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and, most recently, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. She lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
"O’Connor sets the stage beautifully from the very beginning. . . touching and satisfying." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Friendship and sibling dynamics get heated at times, but O’Connor’s light touch keeps the story buoyant, leading up to an ending as satisfying as a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon.”--Publishers Weekly
"[O'Connor] condenses long summer days down into their essence, quiet but humming with an undercurrent of childhood energy."--Kirkus
"Rhythmic prose." -- BCCB