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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters [Paperback]

Mark Dunn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Sep 2002
Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385722435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385722438
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpfull tool for Preachers and Teachers 19 July 2001
Format:Paperback
This is really a very delightfull book, full of a variety of stories, jokes and words of wisdom. It can be of great help to preachers and teachers who are looking for some "salt and pepper" for their sermons and lectures. But it is also very entertaining reading in itself, and can be recommended for those who are in need of being cheered up a bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 10 Feb 2004
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A must buy! It's full of clean humorous wit and observations. This will really support any youth worker. The messages are strong and thought provoking. Its layout is clear and by no means a heavy read. Well done J John, a compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 31 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I totally agree with the other review of this book. I just recieved it this Christmas and I've hardly put it down! It's so funny, but relevant too. Absolutely great book and I'm sure I'll use it loads working in Schools and Youth Groups bringing the Gospel to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unusual 6 May 2014
By porky
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A very funny but intriguing book. This plot could only take place in the United States of America where it has an armish quality
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4.0 out of 5 stars What delicious fun 14 Mar 2014
By DixieAl
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This is a very silly story that I laughed my way through. Imagine an island where certain letters of the alphabet are banned for public use. Imagine a place where, for one reason or another, all the letters become suspect and eventually banned. This is such a story. And the title alone is worth the price of entry into this little dessert of a book. It will make you smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 21 Jan 2014
By Jane
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A wonderful little book with a fab plot. Oh so simple and sheer pleasure to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this farce of townfolk gone mad all because of one letter and local history
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1.0 out of 5 stars A box of Delights 26 Dec 2013
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Got this as liked the other one, but its the same book practiculy so could have saved my money. BLAST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 10 Nov 2013
By Sarah
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Great book. Loved the clever use of language. also handy reading it on the kindle so you can instantly look up any words you don't understand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Quirky and fun. Interesting and thought-provoking. Highly recommend
Published 15 days ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A joy to read from start to finish - how clever the English language can be when used very well.
Published 10 months ago by M Tuddenham
5.0 out of 5 stars J JOHN AT HIS BEST
Do you want a decent Christian message you can understand? This is it, full of pithy truths and lots of humour.
Published 11 months ago by Paul Scrivener
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever read
This is a clever little book, the language devolves with the plot.
How would we cope if we could not use our letters?
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 12 months ago by Katharine Lovesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Delightful
This book is full of interesting thoughts and short stories, both humorous and serious. It is truly delightful to dip into and full of ideas
which are uplifting and thought... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Trixie
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book to anyone
Very relaxing to read and also whilst amusing is also very thought provoking I would also happily loan it to anyone
Published 14 months ago by brian baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Over rated - fairly boring - Don't like your criteria of 'so' amny words - I won't continue to do if you persist
Published 17 months ago by MRS HELEN MISKELLY
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Title. (LMNOP)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was so original and very interesting to see the different ways a sentence could be written. I would recommend it to anyone who likes words. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Madge
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