What Happened on Fox Street (Hardcover)
July 2010 Indie Next List
“To Mo Wren Fox Street is more than just where she lives; it's the place she loves more than anything. A place of unique people, memories of her mom, happy summers,everything; until that unforgettable summer where a fox, some letters and some mysteries come to light. Home takes on new meaning in this sweet, moving and tender story.”
— Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Fox Street was a dead end. In Mo Wren's opinion, this was only one of many wonderful, distinguishing things about it.
Mo lives on Fox Street with her dad and little sister, the Wild Child. Their house is in the middle of the block--right where a heart would be, if the street were a person. Fox Street has everything: a piano player, a fix-it man, the city's best burrito makers, a woman who cuts Mo's hair just right, not to mention a certain boy who wants to teach her how to skateboard. There's even a mean, spooky old lady, if ringing doorbells and running away, or leaving dead mice in mailboxes, is your idea of fun. Summers are Mo's favorite time, because her best friend, Mercedes, comes to stay.
Most important, though, Fox Street is where all Mo's memories of her mother live. The idea of anything changing on Fox Street is unimaginable--until it isn't.
This is the story of one unforgettable summer--a summer of alarming letters, mysterious errands, and surprising revelations--and how a tuft of bright red fur gives Mo the courage she needs.
Springstubb effectively turns the neighborhood into a character in its own right, one that’s loving and protective. Mo’s voice is original, though it has tinctures of Scout and Harriet. What happened on Fox Street? Love, belief and caring.
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Springstubb creates a richly human and believable story of the conflicts of growing up and a well-paced, interesting plot with plenty of surprises that readers should find pleasurable and satisfying
-School Library Journal