Loretta Mason Potts

Loretta Mason Potts


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Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! ... But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590177570
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Series: New York Review Children's Collection
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 440,907
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Coyle Chase (1907–1981) was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived there all her life. She worked for various Denver papers as a journalist, began to write plays, and in 1944 had a huge success with Harvey, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Harold Berson (1926–1986) was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Paris. Loretta Mason Potts, originally published in 1958, was the first book he illustrated, but he would go on to draw pictures for more than ninety books, including many that he also wrote.

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Loretta Mason Potts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old-fashioned children's fantasy. A mysterious older sister is brought home from her foster parents and causes an uproar in the family. There is a gateway to a fairyland in the back of her closet; one with a malign influence on the children. Very twee.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a very small town with a very tiny library and a very, very limited book selection. I had not as a child bumped into this book so I am very grateful that it is being re-issued because now I can experience along with this new generation of readers this epic book, that is, in my opinion, a must read.   The Mason Family is in for a big shock.  The mother one day brings home a brand new child to introduce to her other four siblings.  This prodigal girl turns out to be the oldest of the brood and for  reasons unknown to her brothers and sisters did not want to live with their family but wished to remain with foster parents who are very glad to be rid of her.  You see she is dirty, grubby, unmanageable, deceptive and rude to all those around her.  She is totally different from the rest of the family and only wants to run away and back to the surrogate couple that is raising her .....  but especially back to "Them."  Her name is Loretta Mason Potts and she has a deep dark secret way down in her heart.  She has been away from her biological family for seven long years and during that time she has fallen under the spell of magical people who live in the woods behind the Pott's farm.   Loretta is magically drawn to these minute beings who are ruled by a beautiful Countess and her body-guard, always-wanting-to-please, General who is constantly by her side to advise her and protect her from any harm that may come her way.  The Countess and company adore Loretta, especially her insolence and want her to live with them forever.   Loretta's brother, Colin,  a smart and clever ten year old, surreptitiously follows Loretta one night and discovers in the back of her closet, hidden beneath the garments, a portal to another whole wizardly world.  He tracks her every movement and it is revealed to him that that portal leads him, and eventually his whole family into Loretta's "Them" supernatural world.   Smacking of ribbons of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Narnia this book will draw you into the adventure and keep you turning pages to solve the mystery of why Loretta was hidden away by her mother,  why she wants to run away back to the Pott's,  and the way her whole family has to work together to break the spell that was cast and bring normalcy back to them so they can once again be a loving, caring, family unit.   This charming book is not to be missed.  Young and old alike will enjoy reading it and I am very happy that this book, first published in 1958, will be available once again to enjoy. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though i may not of had read this book back in the 60's, heck im a sophomore in highscool now, however my 5th grade teacher read this 1 to me. THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was in second grade ( I was a precoscious reader), and spent the next 20 years looking for it to read again. This is the ultimate childhood fantasy. If you missed it the first time, treat your children or grandchildren to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1961 I was in the 5th grade in Monterey, California, and our teacher, Mary Ann Kane, read this spellbinding book to our class. I always wanted to re-read it as an adult but I never found it in stock. It is still my favorite book and Miss Kane is still my favorite teacher. Now that I've found the book again, I'd like to find her, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other day I was thinking about when I was in the third grade and my whole class and I were on the yellow carpet sitting in front of my wonderful teacher, Mrs.Green. This book, she always said, was her most favorite book in the world. After she read the book to us I could understand why she liked the book so much!!! That is why I figured that I wanted the book to read again and again and again. So in other words, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. If you love fantasy you will love this book. When I was younger, I named my doll Irene Irene Lavine. This book inspired me to become a young author. It's a cherished treasure that all families will enjoy. It's too hard to put it down! I recommend it to people ages eight and older!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to see this book in print again. As a child I couldn't put it down. Then as a parent I wanted to read it to my daughter but couldn't find it in any local libraries. I had to have it shipped to me on loan from a library two states away. She loved it as much as I and actually named her own doll Irene Irene Lavene. I just ordered two copies. One for her and one for myself. Reading it is like reliving my childhood!