“Sensitive, intuitive, restrained . . . will take its place with the books that endure.”–Saturday Review

“Written with rare intuition and pictured with warm sympathy and charm.”–The Horn Book

“No young person . . . will ever forget it.”–Book Week

About the Author

Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children’s librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats—Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat—were awarded Newbery Honors, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.


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