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A Girl, a Boy and Three Robbers

 

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My Important Thoughts About The Book:

A Girl, a Boy and Three RobbersThe first volume in The Hannah and Brandon Stories was written as five interconnected short stories. The first story introduced Hannah and Brandon and their situation, and the next four were all about their dealings with Bucky. My editor and I agreed that the final four stories were too long for younger readers, so we divided each of them into two chapters.

And that is how the format for The Hannah and Brandon Stories came about. Three Robbers, however, was written in that format instead of having the format imposed upon it after it was done. Okay, that sounds subtle, but it makes a difference. Trust me.

The last two chapters in Three Robbers are a quest story. I became interested in quest stories when my younger son was in seventh grade and had to write one in his English class. This was a very elaborate project involving creating a main character who had to bring with him on his quest three items that would help him overcome three obstacles. The main character also had to do three favors for three other characters for which he would receive three gifts that he could then…I couldn't follow the instructions after that.

But I did get the part about giving main characters three items to help them overcome three obstacles. Therefore, Hannah and Brandon take a jump rope, a flashlight, and some old chocolate coins with them on their quest.

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The Critics' Important Thoughts About The Book:

The Horn Book: "…Hannah's rich imagination gets new and fascinating fodder…Cepeda's black-and-white cartoon illustrations, one per chapter, add just the right touch to a story that is at time silly and outrageous but that never goes over the top."

School Library Journal: "Filled with comic moments and realistic escapades, this short chapter book is laugh-out-loud funny. The characters fairly jump off the pages, and readers will feel as though they are with folks from their own neighborhoods. … This offering will work well as a read-aloud or for independent readers."

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