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The Great Unexpected

Written by Sharon Creech

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One of our Books of the Year 2013  Prize-winning Sharon Creech tells a heart warming and delicate story of unexpected connections that lead to great happiness when they are unravelled. Friends Lizzie and Naomi, both of whom are orphans, meet Finn, a mysterious boy who seems to come from nowhere. But meeting him leads the two girls back in time and helps both of them to find their real families and the place they belong.


The Great Unexpected Synopsis

In the little town of Blackbird Tree a series of curious events unfold when Naomi and Lizzie, two spirited orphan girls, meet the strangely charming new boy, Finn. Three locked trunks, the mysterious Dingle Dangle man, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy change their lives forever. As the story alternates between their small town and across-the-ocean Ireland, two worlds are woven together, revealing that hearts can be mended and that there is indeed a gossamer thread that connects us all.

This is a stunning and unexpected tale in which curious things happen to strange and magical people and creatures. It's a story that will stay with you long after you've finished it and one that you will be drawn back to again and again.  Sharon Creech won the Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler, was shortlisted for the Whitbread/Costa Award for Chasing Redbird, and won the prestigious Newbery
Medal for Walk Two Moons.

The Great Unexpected Press Reviews

Gently timeless atmosphere...featherlight touch. The Guardian

An enchanting tale to treasure in which ordinary folk find fairies gold, run across crooked bridges and mend their broken hearts. Kirkus Starred Review

Creech's characters are endearing and her writing is a delight in this intriguing book. One of those stories that stays with you long after you have finished reading. Booksellers' Choice, The Bookseller

Written in haunting, lyrical prose... Every single sentence in this lovely story is a work of art. The Bookbag

(Readers) will be constantly rewarded and surprised ... The language here is exhilerating and amusing in its new-minted invention. 5 stars. Books for Keeps

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781849396592
Publication date: 04/07/2013
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781849390927
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849396592
Publication date: 4th July 2013
Author: Sharon Creech
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Sharon Creech

Known for writing with a classic voice and unique style, Sharon Creech is the best-selling author of the Newbery Medal winner WALK TWO MOONS, and the Newbery Honor Book THE WANDERER. She is also the first American in history to be awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for RUBY HOLLER. Her other works include the novels LOVE THAT DOG, BLOOMABILITY, ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, CHASING REDBIRD, and PLEASING THE GHOST, and two picture books: A FINE, FINE SCHOOL and FISHING IN THE AIR. These stories are often centered around life, love, and relationships -- especially family relationships. Ms. Creech's first novel for ...

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