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The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt (Charlotte Zolotow Books) [Paperback]

Patricia MacLachlan
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Jan 1990 Charlotte Zolotow Books
Story of a young musician.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064402657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064402651
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 16.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melinda Pratt rides city bus number twelve to her cello lesson, wearing her mother's jean jacket and only one sock. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain old good children's literature 20 Feb 1997
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
_Minna_ is not your typical children's book. It has all of the elements that make up a good novel for its age group--a good plot and characters and emotions children can identify with--but it is much more. This is one of those books I term an "in-between book"; it is excellent for children who have graduated beyond reading simply for plot, but are not yet ready for adult books. This book is an excellent blending of good plot and character/thematical development.
I don't limit my reccommendation to just children, however; I think it is an excellent story for anyone of any age to read and enjoy.
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Format:Library Binding
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK ALOT.IT CHANGED THE WAY I FELT ABOUT THINGS.I ESPECIALLY LIKED IT BECAUSE I LIKE MUSIC.IT TOLD OF HER REALASIONSHIP BETWEEN HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.IT SEEMED AS IF MINNA NEEDED TO GET UP AND GO.EVER SINCE SHE MET LUCAS SHE LIKED HIM.MCGREW ALWAYS HUMMED,HER FATHER WORKED, AND HER MOTHER ALWAYS WROTE HER BOOKS AND NEVER SPENT ANY TIME WITH MINNA.IT'S A GREAT STORY ABOUT HOW MINNA PULLS THOUGH TO HAVE A GOOD AND HAPPY LIFE. WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best children's book ever! 7 May 2002
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Format:Library Binding
i fell in love with this book the first time i read it, and i have since reread so many times i have lost count. it is beautifully written, and there is a certain magic about it that simply cannot be put into words. i'd recommend it not just to children but also to all those people who sometimes wonder about what animal they'd like to be in their next life, and those who talk to musicians or poets long dead when they think nobody can hear them...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and touching 5 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book in the 4th grade simply because the main character and I shared the same name. I couldn't fully appreciate the book back then, but I do now. _Facts_and_Fictions_ has become one of my favorite books because it has so many wonderful aspects. MacLachlan has such a unique way of writing about all of Minna's relationships--with her mother, her brother, her crush, and her cello. I've also dog-eared and highlighted many pages in my worn copy of the book; every sentence MacLachlan wrote was carefully constructed. No matter what your age, I think you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! 22 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book in 6th grade and I loved it then because it was sort of the image of who I wanted to be. I have read it so many times since then and I still love it. I am a violist and I hope to become professional after college, so this book means a lot to me. I also have a stand partner is Symphony who reminds me a lot of Lucas (only he talks a lot less). The only thing I didn't like about this book is that when you learn vibrato, you can't do it all of a sudden; you have to practice about a year before you get it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent coming-of-age story. 12 April 2001
By Dana H. Pasterjak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Patricia MacLachlan has such a wonderous way of writing and an economy with words. Despite the fact that I am not "musical" in any way I could understand and learn quite a bit about the world of concerts and stringed instruments. The author's flowing style of writing made it easier to synthesize. The characters are great. You can feel that teenage angst all over again, however painful it may be! I wanted to read this whole story. As a fifth grade teacher, we read a portion of this tale in the Scholastic series. The students really seem to respond to Minna's troubles, so it inspired me to go out and purchase the book to read the entire story. I could not put the book down once I sat down to read the whole story! It is a most enjoyable book for students of pre-teen age to read and relate to! As an adult, I enjoyed it as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book with great characters! 18 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really liked The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt. Patricia MacLachlan, I thought, did a great job creating the characters! Their personalities, the good and bad points about them and the characters all had something about them that was unique. I thought that the book had a good plot to it as well. I would highly recomend this book for any age.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain old good children's literature 20 Feb 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
_Minna_ is not your typical children's book. It has all of the elements that make up a good novel for its age group--a good plot and characters and emotions children can identify with--but it is much more. This is one of those books I term an "in-between book"; it is excellent for children who have graduated beyond reading simply for plot, but are not yet ready for adult books. This book is an excellent blending of good plot and character/thematical development.
I don't limit my reccommendation to just children, however; I think it is an excellent story for anyone of any age to read and enjoy.
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