#1: The Saturdays
Author: Elizabeth Enright
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The first novel in Elizabeth Enright's classic children's series The Melendy Quartet, The Saturdays is the work that kicks off the adventures of siblings Mona (13), Rush (12), Randy (10-and-a-half), and Oliver (6).
Each sibling gets only $0.50 a week allowance--hardly enough for anything. But on a rainy day, Randy comes up with the idea that they'll pool their allowances, each taking a Saturday to experience the expensive things they want to do.
And so begins a summer of adventures: Randy goes to visit an art museum, Rush goes to hear Siegfried at the opera house, Mona (who wants to be a stage actress and is always quoting Shakespeare) visits a salon, Oliver has his own adventure just wanting to be independent like his older siblings, and all of them have numerous adventures and return with stories to tell and lessons learned along the way.
Written over half a century ago, The Saturdays is simultaneously a winning portrait of the mid-20th century, as well as a timeless tale of childhood fun. 177 pages, softcover.
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