|Halfway to Harmony|
Author: O'Connor, Barbara
Ten-year-old Walter Tipple is grieving his beloved older brother, Tank, when a sassy girl named Posey moves in next door and Banjo, a hot-air balloonist, sets the pair on an adventure.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.80
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 510558
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)
The Hornbook (00/03/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2020 Walter Tipple, 10, does not expect much out of his summer. His brother, Tank, died in an overseas war six months ago, leaving his mother in a kind of depressed fog. His father is on the road much of the time, and no one his age lives near him. In addition, Walter is shy, is pigeon-toed, and has a lazy eye, and he doesn't have friends anyway. His life changes when Posey, along with her mother, Evalina, and a three-legged dog named Porkchop, moves in next door. Posey is outspoken and a little bossy, but she leads Walter on a real adventure. They find an injured man named Banjo in the woods and join his quest in finding his hot-air balloon so he can mend it and enter a balloon competition. Over the course of the summer, Walter finds his voice and his spirit, and he's finally able to face his grief over Tank. This friendship story is sweet and savory, with memorable main characters in Walter, Posey, and Banjo and a story elegant in its simplicity. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.