Rufus M. (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
29 Reviews
You've never met anyone quite like Rufus Moffat. He gets things done, but he gets them done his way.
When he wants to check out library books, Rufus teaches himself to write...even though he doesn't yet know how to read. When food is scarce, he plants some special "Rufus beans" that actually grow...despite his digging them up every day to check on them. And Rufus has friends that other people don't even know exist! He discovers the only invisible piano player in town, has his own personal flying horse for a day, and tours town with the Cardboard Boy, his dearest friend-and enemy.
Rufus isn't just the youngest Moffat, he's also the cleverest, the funniest, and the most unforgettable.
Eleanor Estes's beloved Moffats stories are being published in new editions as Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classics. The original interior illustrations have been retained, but handsome new cover art by Tricia Tusa gives the books a fresh, timeless appeal for today's readers.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Warm and sweet. This book is, in addition to being a story about Rufus Moffat and his siblings, a snapshot of America at the end of WWII. I enjoyed it. I do loathe Louis Slobodkin's illustrations, though. I had to not look at them as I read. Read full review

Review: Rufus M. (The Moffats #3)

User Review  - Teri Zipf - Goodreads

I last read this when I was in grade school and was happy to find it just as enjoyable the second time around. It's like opening a time capsule, with its descriptions of life during World War I. It fully deserved its Newbery Award. I would like to read the rest of the books again, as well. Read full review

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2 A Trainload of Soldiers
3 The Invisible Piano Player
4 Rufus and the Fatal Four
5 Two Moffats Go Calling
6 Eyes in the Pipes
7 Money in the Ice
8 Rufuss Beans
9 Fireworks and Buried Treasure
11 Popcorn Partnership
12 A Bona Fide Ventriloquist
13 Better Times Are Coming Now
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10 The Flying Horse Named Jimmy

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About the author (2001)

ELEANOR ESTES (1906-1988), a children's librarian for many years, launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941.

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