Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows

By: Rose Lagercrantz

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson

Dani’s father is in Rome and Dani is staying with her grandparents. She wants to be a surprise birthday present for her best friend, who lives far away. Her grandmother agrees—if Dani is brave enough to take the train by herself.
Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781776572250

JLG Release: Apr 2019


Series: My Happy Life
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , School , Vacations , Grandparents , Friends , Birthdays , Train travel , Single-parent families , Being sick

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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This, the sixth volume in a series of early chapter books featuring Dani and her friend Ella (My Happy Life, rev. 7/13, and sequels), confidently assumes an audi¬ence of loyal readers with a chatty opening phrase, “Here is some more about Dani…” This confidence is well placed. Once you’ve met these sturdy Swedish girls, you want to This, the sixth volume in a series of early chapter books featuring Dani and her friend Ella (My Happy Life, rev. 7/13, and sequels), confidently assumes an audi¬ence of loyal readers with a chatty opening phrase, “Here is some more about Dani…” This confidence is well placed. Once you’ve met these sturdy Swedish girls, you want to check in with them regularly. A bit of tidy backstory reminds readers that Dani’s mother died when Dani was of daycare age and that she occasionally goes to live with her grandparents when her father (who periodi¬cally “got sad”) isn’t up to caring for her. During one such interval, Dani and her grandma cook up a plan for Dani to travel by train, all by herself, to visit Ella in a neighboring town. Disaster strikes when, despite careful planning, there’s nobody to meet Dani at journey’s end, and, stranded in the railway waiting room, she encounters bullies who steal her cellphone. Intertwining with the main plot is a subplot involving her father’s ex-girlfriend, Sadie. All of this adds up to far more than the sum of its parts, with gentle humor and deep strains of resilience and kindness. Both writer and illustrator treat Dani with total respect throughout her distress and confusion. Adults are realistically flawed, and things don’t necessarily work out (although, after several honest conversations Dani has with both Dad and Sadie, there is some hope that they might), but all characters are portrayed with compassion and understanding. This series just gets better and better.

Book Details

ISBN

9781776572250

First Release

April 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

196

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.5; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 520L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Gecko Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, School, Vacations, Grandparents, Friends, Birthdays, Train travel, Single-parent families, Being sick,

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