Trouble With Dilly

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HarperCollins Canada, Jun 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Dilly can’t believe her eyes. That new kid, Gedion—Sulky-face—is shoplifting from her family’s store, and her mother is just letting it happen. No wonder her parents can’t afford to buy her those special hockey skates she’s always wanted. But as soon as Dilly tells on Gedion, she realizes that some things are better left unsaid. Gedion’s father has just lost his job, and he has to put back some groceries to pay for the chocolate bars his son has stolen. To make up for her thoughtless action, Dilly comes up with the most fabulous, beautiful, wonderful idea: she’ll throw a Christmas party for Gedion and his parents, just like the ones Gedion’s father said they used to have in the old country.

With her best friends on board, Dilly’s plan grows and grows. Soon the whole community is involved—from pipsqueak Simon to Dilly’s grandmother, a.k.a. the Great White Hen—with some hilarious and unexpected results. But has the party become too big? How will they raise all the money they need without Dilly having to dip into her own savings for those hockey skates she’s been yearning for? With Sulky-face always glaring at her, Dilly wonders why she’s bothering in the first place.


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1Skates and Pests and Candy Bars
2The Worst Person in the Whole Wide World
3The Most Wonderful Idea in the Whole Wide World
4The Righting Club
6Dilly Impresses
7Mr Minskys Office
8The Great White Hen
13Olivia and April to the Rescue
14Spending in Haste
15Simon the Mooch
16The Problem with the Tree
17Really Really Great and Really Really Awful
18Laughing and Crying
19The Most Amazing Party in the Whole Wide World
20What Goes Around

9The Nerve of Gedion
11Stars and Carols and Money
12A Fight in the Store
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Rachna Gilmore is the author of the 1999 Governor General’s Award–winning A Screaming Kind of Day, the acclaimed Gita picture books, and various novels for children. The Sower of Tales was the winner of the 2006 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, as well as a nominee for both the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Red Maple Award. Born in India, Gilmore moved to London, England, at the age of 14, and now lives in Ottawa. She also writes adult fiction under the pseudonym Rachna Mara. Visit her online at

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