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Meeting Miss 405

by Lois Peterson

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list price: $7.95
also available: eBook
published: 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
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  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • Winner, Chocolate Lily
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection
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Life is hard enough for Tansy with her depressed mom away indefinitely and her dad making a mess of things at home. But then Dad sends her down the hall to a wrinkly old babysitter named Miss Stella, who Tansy hates on sight. Miss Stella has a unique perspective on life, to say the least, but with the help of her best friend Parveen, Tansy gradually learns to manage all the changes in her life and make unexpected new friends in the process.

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Sardines and wine gums do not go together. But I eat them all, and I drink the milk. Then I sit still for a bit until the sick feeling goes. When I tell Dad what I had for a snack, he will not let Miss Stella babysit me anymore.

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Editorial Reviews

"Excellent...This book would make a good class set."

— Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Peterson manages to blend aspects of forming friendships with the most unexpected people and finding hope and strength within ourselves...A delight to read and highly recommended."

— Resource Links


— Tucson Unified School District

"Full of thought-provoking issues, this was a novel I fully enjoyed."

— The Reading Zone blog

"Top notch... This is a wise purchase for a library that will make a good read-a-loud and will entertain the adult reading the book as well as the children listening. "

— Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"There are several storylines and themes that are skillfully intertwined in this novel... [and] the character of quirky Miss Stella is particularly unique and appealing."

— CM Magazine

"A beautifully told tale that tackles some heavy topics...No condescending, oversimplified pabulum here."

— The Now Newspaper
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About the Author

Lois Peterson

Lois Peterson is the author of dozens of short stories and articles for adults, and eight books for children. She worked for a public library for more than 35 years and was an Executive Director of a homeless shelter. A storyteller and writing instructor, Lois now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

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