The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book
The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book
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Annotation: A fictional account of eleven-year-old Viviani Joffre Fedeler, who was born and raised in the New York Public Library, and her older brothers and best friend Eva, who all try and find out if the library is haunted.
Catalog Number: #168865
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Bruno, Iacopo,
Pages: 233 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-14380-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-14380-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018003709
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In the 1920s, eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler (based on a real girl) lives in the New York Public Library, where her father is the superintendent. Viviani loves to explore the building and tries--without success--to stay out of trouble, as when a prank leads to her investigating a possible ghost. Irrepressible Viviani and her story will appeal to the young reader who'd be thrilled to live in a library. Timeline.
Kirkus Reviews
A ghost may be haunting the New York Public Library in this novel published in partnership with the venerable institution.It's the Roaring '20s, and 11-year-old Viviani, nicknamed "Red," is living in the very best house, the main building of the New York Public Library (now called the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building). Her father is the building superintendent, and she and her brothers enjoy playing baseball using books as bases. But stories and storytelling are her true love. "Their truth was in their fun, not in their facts." With a friend and her two older brothers, Viviani tries to impress the new girl in her class, Merit Mubarak, just relocated from Egypt, with a tale that a ghost—real to Viviani but questionable to Merit—inhabits the building. At the same time, valuable stamps are stolen from a special exhibit, making their nighttime ghost-hunting expedition all the more exciting and scary. Tubb, who addresses readers as "Dear Friend," begins each chapter with a subject heading, Dewey Decimal number, and see-also references. Forget kids—librarians will love it. There are neighborhood references and interesting details about the library building, staff, special collections, and the lions out front. Viviani and her family are based in fact and were white. Bruno's line drawings help establish the time period.The perils of preteen friendship, ghost-hunting, and solving a theft make for pleasant reading. (author's note, timeline, archival photographs) (Historical fiction. 9-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 46 This vibrant historical mystery is based on real people and true events. Viviani Joffre Fedeler lives in the New York Public Library. As the daughter of the library's superintendent, the stacks are her playground. When an expensive display of stamps is stolen, Vivani, her brothers, and her friend Eva try to solve the mystery. To complicate matters, they also think the library might be haunted by the spirit of a careless construction worker. When Viviani shares a little too much about her adventures at school, she draws the negative attention of worldly new student, Merit. She wants desperately to prove the ghost is real, solve the crime, and win Merit's approval, but her questionable methods will leave readers chuckling. Viviani's rambunctious nature makes her a heroine young readers will cheer for. Each chapter begins with a Dewey Decimal designation that provides a clue to what's coming in the next chapter, and black-and-white illustrations throughout help capture the feel of the Roaring 20s setting. VERDICT A love letter to libraries and bibliophiles of all ages, this novel sings with warmth and charm; a good choice for most middle grade mystery collections. Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX
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Horn Book (4/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (8/1/18)
Word Count: 39,626
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 500530 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q76387
Lexile: 740L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

"For every book lover who fantasized about getting locked in the library overnight, The Story Collector is a dream come true!" -- New York Times- bestselling author Alan Gratz In the tradition of E. L. Konisburg, this middle-grade mystery adventure is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library. The Story Collector by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is a middle-grade historical fiction inspired by the real life of Viviani Fedeler. Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library. She knows every room by heart, except the ones her father keeps locked. When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted, new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her. So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank, roping her older brothers and best friend Eva to help out. But what begins as a joke quickly gets out of hand, and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries: Is the Library truly haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? It's up to Viviani, Eva, and Merit (reluctantly) to find out.

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