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Halfway to Harmony



by
Barbara O'Connor

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780374314453
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A heartfelt middle-grade from New York Times– bestselling author Barbara O’Connor about a young boy who goes on an adventure after the loss of his older brother—timeless, classic, and whimsical.

Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. His big brother, Tank, always used to say, "Let's you and me go see the world, Little Man"—but Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn't know how to see the world without him. But then he meets the brash, brave new girl next door named Posey, as well as an eccentric man named Banjo who's off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of mishaps, mayhem, strange quests, and strong friendships—and maybe, Walter can learn who he's supposed to be without the brother he always wanted to be like. This is a wild, adventurous, and utterly heartfelt story from the acclaimed and bestselling author Barbara O'Connor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

24

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Friendship. Family life. Georgia. Hot air balloons. Death. Grief. Brothers. Adventure. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Ask ten-year-old Walter Tipple to describe himself, and he would start with the perceived negatives: his slight build, pigeon-toed walk, and lazy eye. He’s an easy target for the local bullies—except when he was with his older brother, Tank, former captain of the football team (and a daredevil who rode a motorcycle into church). But Tank left Harmony, Georgia, to join the army and was killed, leaving Walter despondent and friendless. That is, until a new neighbor, Posey, moves in and the two stumble across a nearly lifeless man, one Jubilation T. Fairweather, a.k.a. Banjo (because his older brothers always picked on him). This discovery leads to the beginnings of a beautiful friendship and a great adventure involving a hot-air balloon, a contest to win a Ford, and Walter driving Tank’s beloved truck to save the day. With its fast pace, liberal use of Southern idioms, one bodacious adventure, and memorable characters, this book has read-aloud written all over it. BETTY CARTER

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Ask ten-year-old Walter Tipple to describe himself, and he would start with the perceived negatives: his slight build, pigeon-toed walk, and lazy eye. He’s an easy target for the local bullies—except when he was with his older brother, Tank, former captain of the football team (and a daredevil who rode a motorcycle into church). But Tank left Harmony, Georgia, to join the army and was killed, leaving Walter despondent and friendless. That is, until a new neighbor, Posey, moves in and the two stumble across a nearly lifeless man, one Jubilation T. Fairweather, a.k.a. Banjo (because his older brothers always picked on him). This discovery leads to the beginnings of a beautiful friendship and a great adventure involving a hot-air balloon, a contest to win a Ford, and Walter driving Tank’s beloved truck to save the day. With its fast pace, liberal use of Southern idioms, one bodacious adventure, and memorable characters, this book has read-aloud written all over it. BETTY CARTER

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