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Violet Bing and the Grand House

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Violet Bing and the Grand House

Violet Odelia Bing, a precocious seven-year-old, spends the summer with her great-aunt Astrid when she refuses to go on vacation with her family. Saying "no" is not at all unusual for Violet; in fact it is quite common. She says "no" to bumpy pancakes, swimming and eating out. Violet dislikes adventures and surprises of any kind. As a matter of fact, she is determined not to have any new experiences during her break.

Violet's great-aunt lives in a grand house filled with antique furniture, pictures, rugs vases and breakable things. However, the house doesn't seem so grand to Violet --- just old and big. Aunt Astrid is very excited to meet her great-niece and suggests many activities that most little girls would find appealing, such as swimming, bike riding, reading and picnicking. Unfortunately, Violet refuses to explore the house or go on outings with her great-aunt; instead she prefers to sit in the large yellow chair in her room and stare out the window. 

One day, Violet spies someone carrying a picnic basket and wandering around outside. She helps Magnolia Green Gold find her pet, and incredibly a friendship is born. With a little help from a new dog, a best friend and a mysterious diary, Violet has a memorable summer filled with grand adventures.

VIOLET BING AND THE GRAND HOUSE, Jennifer Paros's first book, is a story about a young girl who finds herself by taking chances and being involved in activities she normally wouldn't be a part of. Those who are shy and feel uncomfortable around others will relate to Violet and care about what happens to her.

Reviewed by Renee Kirchner on April 5, 2007

Violet Bing and the Grand House
by Jennifer Paros

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2007
  • Hardcover: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0670061514
  • ISBN-13: 9780670061518