The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean

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From the author of theNo. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencyseries! Knopf Canada is very proud to announce the first-ever Canadian publication of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith's books for young readers, featuring the extraordinary Harriet Bean. In the first book,The Lost Five Aunts of Harriet Bean, Alexander McCall Smith takes readers into the world of 9-year-old Harriet, who lives alone with her father, an absentminded inventor of extraordinary but useless things. When Harriet's father tells her one day that she has five aunts--his sisters--that he's never told her about before, and with whom he tragically lost touch in childhood, Harriet is delighted, and determined to track down each of her colourful aunts one-by-one. Will Harriet Bean be able to reunite her father and his sisters--Veronica, Harmonica, Majolica, and the twins, Japonica and Thessalonika? "Strangely enough, I didn't even know I had any aunts until I was nine. Then, quite out the blue, my father said to me one day: 'Your aunts would like to hear about that!' I forget what it was my aunts would have liked to hear about--I was so astonished to hear that they even existed. 'Aunts?' I said in surprise. 'What aunts?' 'Oh,' said my father, rather vaguely, as if it weren't at all important. 'All those aunts of yours. You know--my sisters. All those aunts you have.'" --Excerpt fromThe Lost Five Aunts of Harriet Bean
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf, c2006.
ISBN: 9780676977769
Characteristics: 117 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rankin, Laura
Alternative Title: 5 lost aunts of Harriet Bean


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Aug 04, 2015

SUMMARY: Harriet didn't know she had any aunts until her father reveals that she actually has five! Unfortunately, he lost contact with them and has no idea where they could be living. Harriet instantly decides she wants to find these aunts and to have the unfinished family portrait completed. She sets out to find her aunts with a little help from people along the way.

ILLUSTRATIONS: There are very gorgeous and detailed pencil drawings throughout the book that add interest and keep the story moving along.

REVIEW: This is a quirky and very different story from the usual junior novels. The aunts all have very unusual names such as Majolica and they have unusual talents. The aunts adore Harriet and the entire story is very upbeat. There is quite a bit of predictability to this story, but this is expected in this age range of books.


haywardfamily Jan 05, 2012

Good book!

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