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Franklin Endicott and the Third Key: Tales from Deckawoo Drive Volume 6


Series
Tales from Deckawoo Drive

by
Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by
Chris Van Dusen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536201819
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The latest tale from Deckawoo Drive—and New York Times best-selling creators Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen—is a balm for young worrywarts facing the unknown.

Welcome back to Deckawoo Drive for a sixth endearing installment in the companion series to Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books. Frank Endicott is a worrier. He worries about lions, submarines, black holes, leprosy, and armadillos. He lists his worries alphabetically in a notebook and suffers vivid nightmares that even a certain neighborhood pig can’t dispatch. When he accompanies Eugenia Lincoln on an errand to duplicate a key at her favorite dark and dusty thrift shop, Frank earns fresh cause for alarm. Odd Buddy Lamp, the shop’s proprietor, has sent them home with the original key and its copy. Can Frank come to terms with the mystery without buckling under his mounting dread? With a little help from friends (old and new), hot cocoa, and some classic short stories read aloud, the prognosis is good.Black-and-white illustrations done in gouache. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

112

Trim Size

7 9/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 1

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2021

Book Genres

Early Chapter Book, Chapter Book

Topics

Fear. Worries. Siblings. Brothers and sisters. Neighbors. Pigs. Humorous stories. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4–The latest book from “Tales from Deckawoo Drive” might be DiCamillo’s most charming offering yet in the series. The tale focuses on Franklin, a young white boy and the older brother of the unflappable Stella, also neighbor to sisters Eugenia and Baby Lincoln. Unfortunately, this serious boy is struggling with his overwhelming worries (among them, lions, leprosy, submarines, and black holes), which he fastidiously catalogues in a notebook. Franklin’s itemizing of fears eventually evolves into nightmares that keep him awake. He finds himself turning to hot milk for relief and visits Eugenia, who is suffering from insomnia. The unlikely pair have a seemingly mundane but divinely inspired adventure that breaks the routine of Franklin’s anxiety and opens a door previously unknown to him. Van ­Dusen’s ­familiar illustrations bring the Mercy Watson universe to life in shiny-cheeked caricatures, honoring the small-town vibe of the series. The book is rife with challenging vocabulary, such as cavalier, efficacy, procure, and eclecticism. The tale is as uplifting as it is literary, and the author tells a genuine story that may inspire readers to be like Franklin, a child open to receiving his very own mysterious, ­life-changing key. VERDICT A must-have for libraries looking for engaging early chapter books, and a compelling read-aloud. ­DiCamillo pens a glorious love letter to childhood uncertainty and the powerful and transformative world of reading.–Rachel Joiner, Advent Episcopal Sch., Bessemer, AL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4–The latest book from “Tales from Deckawoo Drive” might be DiCamillo’s most charming offering yet in the series. The tale focuses on Franklin, a young white boy and the older brother of the unflappable Stella, also neighbor to sisters Eugenia and Baby Lincoln. Unfortunately, this serious boy is struggling with his overwhelming worries (among them, lions, leprosy, submarines, and black holes), which he fastidiously catalogues in a notebook. Franklin’s itemizing of fears eventually evolves into nightmares that keep him awake. He finds himself turning to hot milk for relief and visits Eugenia, who is suffering from insomnia. The unlikely pair have a seemingly mundane but divinely inspired adventure that breaks the routine of Franklin’s anxiety and opens a door previously unknown to him. Van ­Dusen’s ­familiar illustrations bring the Mercy Watson universe to life in shiny-cheeked caricatures, honoring the small-town vibe of the series. The book is rife with challenging vocabulary, such as cavalier, efficacy, procure, and eclecticism. The tale is as uplifting as it is literary, and the author tells a genuine story that may inspire readers to be like Franklin, a child open to receiving his very own mysterious, ­life-changing key. VERDICT A must-have for libraries looking for engaging early chapter books, and a compelling read-aloud. ­DiCamillo pens a glorious love letter to childhood uncertainty and the powerful and transformative world of reading.–Rachel Joiner, Advent Episcopal Sch., Bessemer, AL

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