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Chancy and the Grand Rascal [Hardcover]

Sid Fleischman


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June 1966
Searching for his orphaned brother and sisters, Ohio farm boy Chancy Dundee is reunited with his long-lost Uncle Will, the fastest-talking rascal of the American Midwest during the 1870s. Reissue. PW. NYT.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv) (June 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316285757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316285759
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 16.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g

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About the Author

Newbery Award-winning author of The Whipping Boy, Sid Fleischman is surprised that he grew up to be a writer. "I had a childhood much like everyone else's," he writes in his newly published autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life. "What went wrong?"

But his childhood was not so typical after all. Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in San Diego during the Great Depression and decided in the fifth grade to become a magician. Just out of high school, he traveled widely in vaudeville and with a midnight ghost-and-goblin show. "I was on the way to becoming a writer. I just didn't know it."

After wartime service with the U.S. Naval Reserve, he finished college and worked as a reporter on the San Diego Daily Journal. When the paper folded in 1950, he turned to fiction writing. One of Fleischman's novels was bought for a major motion picture, and he was offered a contract to write the screenplay.

"My young children led me into writing children's books. They didn't understand what I did for a living. Other fathers, they learned, left home in the morning and returned at the end of the day. I was always around the house. I decided to clear up the mystery and wrote a book just for them." Today he divides his time between writing films and children's books.

Fleischman says that when he knew very little about writing, he wrote very fast. Now it takes him longer: three months to a year to complete a short book, and sometimes much longer if he can't figure out how to get his characters out of the jams he has put them in. "I write my books in the dark. I don't like to know what's going to happen next until I get there. It sustains my interest. I'm anxious to get to my desk each morning to find out what is going to happen."

Fleischman finds ideas lurking everywhere. His novel The Thirteenth Floor began with the superstition that there is something evil and magical in the number thirteen. The Ghost in the Noonday Sun arose from the folk belief that anyone born at the stroke of midnight has the power to see ghosts. The problem for the writer, he says, is not so much in finding an idea as in figuring out what to do with it. That may take years.

As a children's book author Sid Fleischman feels a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With more than 35 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will make a special impact.

Sid Fleischman writes his books at a huge table cluttered with projects: story ideas, library books, research, letters, notes, pens, pencils, and a computer. He lives in an old-fashioned, two-story house full of creaks and character, and enjoys hearing the sound of the nearby Pacific Ocean. He has always lived by the ocean and now lives in Santa Monica, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleischman delivers another one . . . Nov. 5 1998
By Turnaround365 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the same light as the delightful Mr Mysterious & Co, this time the author of The Whipping Boy takes us to Tom Sawyer country for a delightful look at swindlers, liars, and cheats, and the good people who rise above it all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chancy and the Grand Rascal will not disappoint Aug. 20 2011
By Grins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a favorite book from my childhood...I read it many times over. We wanted a gift for children of friends, and I remembered "Chancy & the Grand Rascal". This book was first published in the 1960's, so it would be a new adventure to today's kids. This is an excellent travel/adventure story - but contains no blood, sex or profanity. The kids to whom we have given this book are all 10-12 years old - although this book would also be a fun story for a younger child to have read to them. This book is great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Young Adult Writer Oct. 29 2010
By Paul C Hardin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you want some of the best, fun-loving, clean, moral stories for your kids (and you!) to read--read Sid Fleischman. His protagonists are moral, his antagonists are "bad"--not "evil"--and his storylines are unique and (somewhat) plausible. These stories are typically set in the "olden days," and are a refreshing retreat from the sci-fi, futuristic, and sometimes coarse and violent literature so prevalent today. You and your kids WILL have fun reading Sid Fleischman's books, including Chancy and the Grand Rascal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Sept. 4 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one the best books I've ever read. It sucks you in so quickly that it's unbelievelable. Great storyline, great dialouge, and great characters are the things that make this book up. Thanks to the mastermind Sid Fleischman.....
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book: a must-read classic Jan. 29 2014
By Frank M. Crowther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I grew up with my momma reading Sid Fleischman to me at bed time. Now I read him to my kids. I love his style of tall-tales and yarn-spinning.
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