The Zippy Fix
By Graham Salisbury
(Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385737029, 176pp.)
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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"Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn't bad enough for Calvin, Stella teases him mercilessly. What's a nine-year-old boy to do? Calvin decides to "fix" her, and he dumps his neighbor's cat Zippy on Stella's bed, knowing she's allergic. But when Stella breaks out in hives and misses her first big date, Calvin realizes his "zippy fix" went too far. He's got to make it up to her, and decides to give her a birthday present. But he has no money. Along with the help of his loyal friends and little sister, Darci, Calvin works hard, and comes up with enough cash to give Stella the best birthday gift ever.
Graham Salisbury's voice perfectly captures the inner workings of Calvin's mind, and Jacqueline Rogers' delightful pictures add zest and humor to "The Zippy Fix.
Salisbury has already done something worthwhile. His first novel, "Blue Skin of the Sea," won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, the Bank Street Child Study Award, and the "Parents' Choice" Book Award, and was selected as an NCTE Notable Trade book in the Language Arts, a "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
His second novel, "Under the Blood-Red Sun" has won the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the 1998 Hawaii Nene Award, as well as numerous other honors. This powerful and poignant book is the moving story of a Japanese American boy caught in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"Shark Bait "is" "a fast-paced, exciting action story that explores the lure of violence and its consequences for a boy and his friends when a Saturday night tumult stuns a Hawaiian village. To read a letter to educators and hear an excerpt from the book, along with pronunciations of the unusual words and character names from the novel, click here.
The most recent novel from Salisbury,"Lord of the Deep," enticingly combines the high action of fishing with a narrative that delves into the intricate relationship between a 13-year-old boy and his new stepfather.
Born in Hawaii, Graham Salisbury is a descendant of the Thurston and Andrews families, who were among the first missionaries to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands. He grew up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. Later, he graduated from California State University and received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. Salisbury has worked as the skipper of a glass-bottomed boat, as a deckhand on a deep-sea fishing boat, as a musician, and also as an elementary school teacher. Today, he lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he manages a historic office building.