Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library

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Scholastic, Jul 1, 1986 - Blizzards - 105 pages
Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a terrible blizzard.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Rather implausible, but still fun and satisfying. Better for ages 8-10, or younger if you're reading it to them. Too bad the girls don't actually wind up spending that much time among all the books ... Read full review

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User Review  - NicoleSch - LibraryThing

The dialogue is somewhat stilted, and the girls aren't very interesting (except for their names, why would an author call two characters Mary Rose and Jo-Beth.) though the story was interesting. "Kids don't faint, only grown-ups faint." Tell that to my eight-year-old fainting self. Read full review

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LastMinute Harry
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The Spooky Blue Lights
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Off With Their Heads
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Eth Clifford's best-known title, Help! I'm a Prisoner in theEth Clifford's best-known title, Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library (1979), concerns a situation she would no doubt wel Library (1979), concerns a situation she would no doubt welcome. A passionate reader as a child, she became a dedicatedcome. A passionate reader as a child, she became a dedicated author and editor with scores of her own titles on library author and editor with scores of her own titles on library shelves. Clifford was born on Christmas Day in New York Cityshelves. Clifford was born on Christmas Day in New York City and moved several times as a child. She remembers learning and moved several times as a child. She remembers learning to read in a one-room schoolhouse set in an apple orchard, ato read in a one-room schoolhouse set in an apple orchard, and she discovered the public library when her family later mnd she discovered the public library when her family later moved to Philadelphia. At age sixteen, she met her future husoved to Philadelphia. At age sixteen, she met her future husband at a poetry reading in Brooklyn, and it was he who encoband at a poetry reading in Brooklyn, and it was he who encouraged her to begin writing while he was stationed in the Souraged her to begin writing while he was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Clifford began with short suth Pacific during World War II. Clifford began with short stories and soon published her first adult novel, Go Fight Citories and soon published her first adult novel, Go Fight City Hall (1949), which was a Reader's Digest Book of the Montty Hall (1949), which was a Reader's Digest Book of the Month and was excerpted in humor anthologies. Clifford, her husbh and was excerpted in humor anthologies. Clifford, her husband, and their daughter later moved to Indiana, where they land, and their daughter later moved to Indiana, where they lived for twenty years. While there, Clifford contributed to ived for twenty years. While there, Clifford contributed to many social studies, science, and language arts textbooks fomany social studies, science, and language arts textbooks for children, and this work eventually developed into her primr children, and this work eventually developed into her primary interest -- writing children's fiction. Clifford's booksary interest -- writing children's fiction. Clifford's books for children cover a wide range of ages and subject matter. for children cover a wide range of ages and subject matter. Her youngest readers can match their sleuthing abilities ag Her youngest readers can match their sleuthing abilities against an animal detective in Flatfoot Fox and the Case of thainst an animal detective in Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye (1990), handsomely illustrated by Brian Lies. e Missing Eye (1990), handsomely illustrated by Brian Lies. Middle-grade readers enjoy Clifford's deft combination of suMiddle-grade readers enjoy Clifford's deft combination of suspense and humor in a mystery adventure series of five novelspense and humor in a mystery adventure series of five novels about Mary Rose and Jo-Beth Onetree, the sisters who were s about Mary Rose and Jo-Beth Onetree, the sisters who were first introduced in Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library, whifirst introduced in Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library, which won the 1982 Young Hoosier Award. Among the story's appeach won the 1982 Young Hoosier Award. Among the story's appealing elements are the believable relationship between the prling elements are the believable relationship between the practical and responsible Mary Rose and her younger, very dramactical and responsible Mary Rose and her younger, very dramatic sister and the real sense of fear generated as the girlatic sister and the real sense of fear generated as the girls feel their way through the darkened rooms of the old mansis feel their way through the darkened rooms of the old mansion turned library. Subsequent adventures find the sisters slon turned library. Subsequent adventures find the sisters sleuthing in such places as a ghost town and a shoe museum. Aleuthing in such places as a ghost town and a shoe museum. All five books were illustrated by George Hughes. Clifford oftl five books were illustrated by George Hughes. Clifford often incorporates interesting factual information into her humen incorporates interesting factual information into her humorous works. Children reading Harvey's Marvelous Monkey Mystorous works. Children reading Harvey's Marvelous Monkey Mystery (1987) have an opportunity to learn about the companion ery (1987) have an opportunity to learn about the companion monkeys who are trained to perform useful services for theirmonkeys who are trained to perform useful services for their physically challenged owners. In The Rocking Chair Rebellio physically challenged owners. In The Rocking Chair Rebellion (1978), a book for teens that includes contemporary problen (1978), a book for

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