Phoebe and the Gypsy

Phoebe and the Gypsy

by Andrea Spalding, Andrrea Spalding




Phoebe Hiller's visit to her grandmother's home in England is not going well at all. Not only does everyone in the village seem to know who she is, but Phoebe is treated like an alien every time she opens her mouth. Worse, the episodes of second sight that have sometimes worried her have come back to plague her more than ever. It takes a chance meeting with a gypsy fortune teller to give Phoebe a new acceptance of her special gift. With the gypsy's friendship and guidance, Phoebe at last learns to use her ability in a way she never could have foretold.

In this short novel for young readers, Andrea Spalding has returned to the English landscape of her childhood: a small village where gypsy families sometimes halted their caravans to sell clothes pegs, sharpen tools and tell fortunes.

A storyteller and writer of fiction for children, Andrea's last book for Orca, Sarah May and the New Red Dress, received a starred review in Quill & Quire and was selected for the Ontario Library Association's 1998 Canadian Materials Choice list.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551431352
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Orca Young Readers Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, Andrea Spalding trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada’s Southern Gulf Islands. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories. Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels—The Summer of Magic Quartet—are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret Of The Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities. For more information, visist

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