Putnam Juvenile, 1988
Please check your local library or used bookseller for this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When his parents adopt a six-year-old boy from Korea, Flip Doty doesn’t see any reason why he can’t order a red fox through the mail as well.
Flip’s troubles begin when his new brother, Todd, does embarrassing things in front of Flip’s friends, like eating fireflies and taking off his clothes in the middle of Woolworth’s, while at the same time Vickie the fox wreaks havoc on the household. Add to this the flubbed poetry reading in school and the troubles he’s having with his grades, and it seems that more than just Flip’s status as an only child is going down the tubes.
But it’s when he has to face the possibility of losing Vickie that Flip starts to see the parallels between the fox and his brother, as each tries to adapt to a new home.
Joyce McDonald has written a warm, humorous and very real story about how, through everyday life with an adopted brother and a pet fox, a young boy learns the importance of acceptance and understanding.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- An IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Book
- Weekly Reader Book Club Selection
“McDonald balances humorous escapades with touching moments as Flip comes to a genuine acceptance of his little brother.” (Booklist)