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Afternoon of the Elves

Afternoon of the Elves Hillary doesn t believe all the mean things she hears about Sara Kate Sure she wears weird clothes and she lives in a dumpy house but if Sara Kate s as bad as everyone says how could she take such

  • Title: Afternoon of the Elves
  • Author: Janet Taylor Lisle
  • ISBN: 9780698118065
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hillary doesn t believe all the mean things she hears about Sara Kate Sure, she wears weird clothes and she lives in a dumpy house, but if Sara Kate s as bad as everyone says, how could she take such good care of the elf village in her backyard She and Hillary spend hours fixing the tiny stick houses and the miniature Ferris wheel so the elves won t move away But as HilHillary doesn t believe all the mean things she hears about Sara Kate Sure, she wears weird clothes and she lives in a dumpy house, but if Sara Kate s as bad as everyone says, how could she take such good care of the elf village in her backyard She and Hillary spend hours fixing the tiny stick houses and the miniature Ferris wheel so the elves won t move away But as Hillary is drawn further into Sara Kate s world, she learns there are other mysteries besides the elves Why doesn t anyone ever see Sara Kate s mother And why isn t anyone allowed in her house This updated edition will bring new life to Janet Taylor Lisle s best selling novel.

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    1. This 1990 Newbery Honor award winner, is hauntingly complex.Hillary is a child of comfortable middle class who is curious about Sara Kate, the neighbor girl who wears raggedy clothes, sporadically attends school and lives in a dilapidated house.The story becomes darker as Hillary is enticed to explore Sara Kate's magical elfin village, complete with tiny houses of autumn leaves for roofs, bottle caps used for swimming pools and teeny stones for bitty lawn ornaments.When the little village become [...]

    2. This was an OK read for me - I liked it, but I didn't like it. I liked some of the issues it presented, but what I never like in a book is confusing the reader. Reading this book as an adult was probably different than reading it as a kid, but I wouldn't really feel like handing it to any 9-12 year old I know. I think some of it was judgmental despite the main story line - accepting and befriending someone even though most people make fun of them. It also never shows any kind of concluding discu [...]

    3. I had high hopes for this books because it is a Newbery Honor. Overall, I thought it was depressing and did not offer any kind of satisfactory conclusion for Sara-Kate. Hillary, the main character, who befriends Sara-Kate is blind to all of the problems Sara-Kate has (hence her willingness to believe in the elf village in the backyard). I felt Hillary was too naive, and I did not like the fact that Sara-Kate is neglected for so long and no one notices.

    4. This is about a strange little girl, Sara-Kate, who entices a neighbor, Hillary, to become her friend through the mystery of an "elf village" in her run down back yard. It turns out that Sara-Kate's mother is ill and they are very poor. Against the odds and reason, Hillary is drawn to Sara-Kate and her backyard. In the end, Hillary's mom discovers how sick Sara-Kate's mother is and gets them help. Unfortunately, this help involves Sara-Kate leaving to live with relatives and her house being repa [...]

    5. In italiano, "La ruota degli elfi", negli Istrici di Salani.Un po' disturbante, difficile da leggere e da spiegare ai bambini, utilissimo per insegnare ad accettare chi è diverso da noi.

    6. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Sara-Kate Connolly is in fifth grade for the second time, and everyone, including fourth graders, like Hillary, knows to stay away from her. Her house is dark and dilapidated, and the yard is overgrown with brush. Plus, Mrs. Connolly never comes out of the house. It’s not safe to play at the Connollys’ house, and Hillary’s mom would prefer that she didn’t. The only thing is, Sara-Kate has an elf village in her backyard. She invites Hi [...]

    7. (My review as posted on therustykey.)Recommended for: Girls, Ages 8 and upOne Word Summary: Enchanting.From the book’s first sentence, “The afternoon Hillary first saw the elf village, she couldn’t believe her eyes,” you know exactly what to expect. You expect a book about a young girl, perhaps a bit of an elf skeptic, who finds herself in a world where elves leave traces of themselves for humans like her to find and study.What you may not expect is for the tale that follows to be so abs [...]

    8. Afternoon of the Elves is a delicate yet complex story of the friendship between two young girls: Hilary, who is a 9 year old, sweet and secure child and Sara-Kate who is a social outcast due to impoverishment. Sara-Kate lives with her ailing and incapacitated mother; her father is gone and occasionally sends money—however it alone is not enough to keep her and her mother from destitution. Sara-Kate introduces Hilary to a tiny, whimsical village in her weed-filled back yard, a village where sh [...]

    9. I have mixed feelings about this one. I read it because my daughter is completing a local library challenge and one of the topics is about mental illness of a character. So I looked at various books available in our local library that are targeted for pre-teens. This won a Newberry Honor, so I thought it would be the first one for me to read before making a suggestion to my daughter. I think adults reading this will see the tragedy more clearly than the kids will, but I still worry that this one [...]

    10. Some of the issues that are tackled in this book remind me of other Newbery Honor and Medal winners, but there is much about this story that is very original. I liked the flow of the words and the way that the relationship between Hillary and Sara-Kate is never certain; it seemed that anything might happen between the two. Sara-Kate is definitely somewhat enigmatic, and it was a real joy for me to watch as Hillary figures out that friendship is worth the hard work it takes to adjust to a new fri [...]

    11. I first read this book in fourth or fifth grade, because I was obsessed with everything magic-related. Elves, fairies, goblins, unicorns, etc. The cover art is still so evocative. Reading it for a second time much later in life gave me a better understanding of the more complicated social themes that went over my head when I read it as a child. This is one of those books that is worth a re-read as an adult when you have some class consciousness and perspective on your own childhood.I will say, h [...]

    12. Hillary doesn't believe all the mean things she hears about Sara-Kate. Sure, she wears weird clothes and she lives in a dumpy house, but if Sara-Kate's as bad as everyone says, how could she take such good care of the elf village in her backyard? She and Hillary spend hours fixing the tiny stick houses and the miniature Ferris wheel so the elves won't move away. But as Hillary is drawn further into Sara-Kate's world, she learns there are other mysteries besides the elves. Why doesn't anyone ever [...]

    13. This was a great book about a little girl named Hillary who visits a neighbors back yard where she finds an elf village Sara-Kate owner of the yard invites Hillary over every day to work on it but even though i loved this book iy had a sad ending and it left me hanging at the end too but i still reccomend this book very much.

    14. WARNING: Review contains spoilers.Sometimes you pick up a book based on its cover or the description on the back/cover jacket, and get something entirely different than you were expecting. Such was the case with "Afternoon of the Elves" -- I picked it up thinking it would be either a light fantasy or at least a tale of friendship between two very different girls. The book ended up being far different than I expected but despite being haunted and even horrified by what I read, I found this book t [...]

    15. Starts out really good, but the ending is so harsh that it kinda spoils the whole book. The friendship that develops between the two girls is real, it's the kind of friendship I see with my kids all the time. And they're fairy town, and all the imaginative work that goes into is really good. But, and maybe this is what most kids think, in the end the parents spoil everything. *WARNING SPOILER* I just couldn't hold it in. They were so cruel to the girl who wanted nothing more than to stay with he [...]

    16. This book was interesting to revisit as an adult. I read it multiple times as a child and something about it always stuck with me. It is surprisingly nuanced, honest, and ambiguous for a children's book, and I think that's part of what I enjoyed as a child. It didn't speak down to me. Despite the slightly dream-like quality of much of the book, it felt real and immediate to me as a kid. There is so much complexity in this slim volume that I would need to write a much longer review to truly do it [...]

    17. If you loved The Hundred Dresses, you'll most likely appreciate this one too. It's not necessarily a read-alike, but there was a similar feeling wafting through the pages of this book. There's a little girl from a loving family whose needs have always been met and there's (eventually and inevitably) the realization that not everyone shares her idyllic childhood.

    18. This book was so dark. I'm not sure how I would have read it as a child, but as a mom I'm extremely frustrated by the adults who encourage the judgment of a child for things beyond her control, encourage her isolation because of symptoms of trouble that make my heart break, and are the feeders of the cruel gossip mill that is this school.

    19. Still to this day, this is among my favorite books I ever read as a child. Engaging and multifaceted with a deceptively light-hearted premise, Afternoon of the Elves is a story that all ages can enjoy.

    20. I got totally engrossed in this book right up until the end and then turned the page to find that it stopped unexpectedly. I'm not sure what the reader is supposed to think at the end, but I really wanted more.

    21. The story bothered me, I think, because of underlying messages of meanness (on several accounts), and one character duping another. I will reread it later to see if I change my mind.

    22. My 10 year old son was reading this and I thought I would read it too. I didn't have any clue what it was about when I started it. It was not what I was expecting.

    23. A blast from the past. I hadn't read this since my childhood and was a bit surprised at how well it stood the test of time.

    24. Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Becca WorthingtonRecommended for: Girls, Ages 8 and upOne Word Summary: Enchanting.From the book’s first sentence, “The afternoon Hillary first saw the elf village, she couldn’t believe her eyes,” you know exactly what to expect. You expect a book about a young girl, perhaps a bit of an elf skeptic, who finds herself in a world where elves leave traces of themselves for humans like her to find and study.What you may not expect is for the tale that follows to [...]

    25. I enjoyed reading Afternoon of the Elves. At its heart, the novel is simply about an unlikely friendship, and how that friendship impacts the two girls. Sara-Kate is the oldest of the girls. She does not have any friends at school. She is not exactly invisible, but, her real self is not seen by anyone. If Sara-Kate were successfully invisible at school, perhaps the girls would not go to so much trouble to talk about her all the time, to tell of scandalous doings, to share every rumor, perhaps to [...]

    26. This book is about friendship between two girl. One of the girls name Hillary Lenox, she's nine years old. She is a nice and kind girl, she is well liked at the school. Another girl named Sara Kate, she is the opposite of the Hillary Lenox. Sara Kate is the meanest girl in the school, no one in the school liked her. Her hair was messes, she wear unmatched clothes, and big work boot. One day of the afternoon, they meet each other at Sara Kate's back yard. Sara Kate show Hillary Lenox the Elves Vi [...]

    27. Aziza Oueslati PR: 2nd “Afternoon Of The Elves”By Janet Taylor Lisle 122 PagesIn this story the main characters are Sara-Kate and Hillary. Sara-Kate is eleven years old, and she is described as badly dressed with blond stringy hair, and she was always in trouble. Hillary is the opposite; she is nicely dressed and very polite. In the beginning Sara-Kate and Hillary aren’t close, until Sara-Kate introduces Hillary to her elves, but Hillary didn’t believe her because the elves were to shy t [...]

    28. This book was originally published in 1989 and awarded the Newbery Honor in 1990. I can see why. What a beautiful and wonderful story.I'd like to thank NetGalley and Open Road for Young Readers for the review copy of this title.Hillary is a popular 4th grade girl with proper clothes and many friends. Sara-Kate is her neighbor who lives down the hill. Sara-Kate was held back a grade, acts strangely, has no friends, and is far too small and skinny for her age.The reader follows these two girls as [...]

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