The Four-Story Mistake

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Macmillan, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 196 pages
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Four reasons to cheer!

Meet the Melendys! Mona, the eldest, is thirteen. She has decided to become an actress and can recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Rush is twelve and a bit mischievous. Miranda is ten and a half. She loves dancing and painting pictures. Oliver is the youngest. At six, he is a calm and thoughful person. They all live with their father, who is a writer, and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, who takes on the many roles of nurse, cook, substitute mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Quartet, which captures the lively adventures of a family as they move from the city to the country, are being published in new editions. Each of the books features a foreward and signature black-and-white interior illustrations by the author. Popular artist Tricia Tusa provides irresistible new cover art that will appeal to today’s readers.
 

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User Review  - ValerieAndBooks - LibraryThing

The Four-Story Mistake is part of a trilogy set The Melendy Family, that I borrowed from the library over and over as a kid. Somehow, I was recently spurred to re-read these stories (which actually ... Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

The Melendy family has moved to the country. In the previous story, The Saturdays their brownstone in New York was damaged by fire. Father Melendy has moved his four kids (Rush, Miranda, Oliver and ... Read full review

Contents

The Last Time and the First
3
A View Apiece
21
AliBaba Oliver
35
The Back of the Bus
44
Rockabye Rush
60
Clarinda 1869
78
The Show
98
Noel Noel
122
The Light in the Woods
132
The Caddis House
159
Addition and Subtraction
176
Oh Summer Night
187
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Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Originally envisioning a career solely in illustration, she studied art in Paris, France, and at the Parson's School of Design in New York City. After creating her first book in 1937, she developed a taste -- and quickly demonstrated a talent -- for writing.

Throughout her life, Elizabeth Enright wrote and illustrated numerous books, winning many awards in the process. Among those awards were the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. The first of the Melendy Quartet, The Saturdays, was published in 1941. Translated into numerous languages throughout the world, her stories have been known and loved by many for generations.

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