The Four-Story Mistake

The Four-Story Mistake

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Into the Four-Story Mistake, an odd-looking house with a confused architectural history, move the Melendy family -- Mona, Rush, Randy, Oliver, Father, and Cuffy, the housekeeper. Though disappointed about leaving their old brownstone in New York City, and apprehensive about living the country life, the four Melendy kids soon settle into this unusual new home. Here, they become absorbed in the adventures of the country, adjusting themselves with all their accustomed resourcefulness and discovering the many hidden attractions that the Four-Story Mistake has to offer.

The Four-Story Mistake is the second installment of Enright's Melendy Quartet, an engaging and warm series about the close-knit Melendy family and their surprising adventures.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 134 x 194 x 14mm | 181g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • Line drawings, black and white
  • 0312375999
  • 9780312375997
  • 48,811

Review quote

"The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant." --Publishers Weekly
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About Elizabeth Enright

Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was a talented writer whose many awards include the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, beginning with The Saturdays (1941). Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Harper's, and The Saturday Evening Post.
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3,950 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (1,232)
3 13% (527)
2 3% (101)
1 2% (84)
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