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Mo Wren, Lost and Found    by Tricia Springstubb order for
Mo Wren, Lost and Found
by Tricia Springstubb
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Balzer & Bray, 2011 (2011)

* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

This is the second book in the Wren family series. Moving away from Fox Street is devastating for eleven-year-old Mo Wren, but her dad finally has his dream. He's opening a family bar and grill. There's a small apartment over the bar, so the Wrens move in and take on the huge task of readying the bar for its grand opening.

The building requires more maintenance than expected and Mo's dad isn't as handy as he needs to be. They keep running out of band aids, trying to treat his nicks, bruises and scrapes.

Their new street isn't anything like Fox Street. It goes on forever with shops lining both sides. The shops occupy the first floor with apartments above. The neighbors aren't friendly. The Wren's aren't welcomed, but are more or less ignored.

When school starts, Mo doesn't fit in there either. The one person who talks to her tells her that their bar is jinxed. Meanwhile, her little sister Dottie loves first grade and makes friends easily. Missing her friends on Fox Street, Mo tries to find her place in a new neighborhood, a new school, and a jinxed bar with major maintenance problems.

This is an appealing sequel to What Happened on Fox Street. Mo Wren is one of the most engaging characters I've met lately.

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