Love Among the Walnuts

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Wacky characters will win over readers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is good, old-fashioned entertainment. Lively prose adds to the exuberant air. For readers with patience for long speeches and not much action, it's a charmer.

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What's the story?

This big-hearted comedy will win readers with its wacky cast of characters and love-conquers-all attitude. When a dastardly plot leaves his parents in a coma, Sandy takes them to the upscale loony bin next door for care. With the help of Nurse Sunny, Sandy and the patients find friendship, love, and unforeseen inner resources.

Is it any good?

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They don't make them like this anymore. LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTS may have been published in 1998, but it has the air of a 1930s feel-good comedy. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, and the crazy guys ... well, maybe they're not so crazy after all.

There's something satisfying about a story where everyone is transformed by love. A rich man is poor until he finds the love of his life, a fat patient is miserable until a kind nurse helps him reveal his thinner self, and a sheltered young man discovers in himself a longing for adventure after new friends make him aware that the world is larger than he ever thought. Readers of all ages will find this story a heartwarming diversion. The humor is off-the-wall without going overboard, and the plot, while on the implausible side in the manner of all good screwball comedies, motors along nicely.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Sandy changes as the boundaries of his world expand. What about the other characters -- how are their lives changed by exposure to new people and experiences? Has anything like that ever happened to you?

Book details

Author:Jean Ferris
Genre:Humor
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 1998
Number of pages:216
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhailzzz101 September 30, 2009
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Great Book!

i loved this book. i chose it as independent reading book and im 13 and i thinks its really interesting and you wouldnt expect it to be anything like it actually is.
Teen, 15 years old Written bypurplecatroo April 9, 2008
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It was....

This book was a good though slightly weird story that i found quite enjoyable. Since there was nothing to mature or inapproaite for chilren this would make a great parent/child read-aloud for anyone over seven or eight. Tweens as young as nine or ten years old should enjoy reading this on their own.
Teen, 13 years old Written bylookingforlove April 9, 2008
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A heartwarming must-read for everyone

This book is my alltime favorite. It really makes me think about love. I love how sunnie and sandy develope a relationship. Everyone finds love or friendship and the bad guys get what they deserve in the end. It's one of the good books you will want to read over and over again.

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