Nora and the Texas Terror by Judy CoxNora and the Texas Terror by Judy Cox

Nora and the Texas Terror

byJudy CoxIllustratorAmanda Haley

Hardcover | October 1, 2010

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Nora is trying to be a good sport about having cousin Ellie's family as long-term guests now that her uncle has lost his job. However, her brash cousin Ellie, the Texas Terror, is taking over Nora's life. Nora not only has to share her room with Ellie and Fuzzy, her frightening pet tarantula, but Nora ends up having to share her desk at her overcrowded school as well. It isn't until a dangerous storm and a school project about family history brings the girls together that Nora learns how to see things from Ellie's perspective. This warmhearted chapter book about families doubling up during hard times is timely and engaging.
Judy Cox is a celebrated author of children's book and elementary school teacher. Her titles include Go to Sleep, Groundhog! and One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale. She lives in Oregon.Amanda Haley illustrations for Reading to Peanut by Leda Schubert were noted as being "colorful" and "energetic" by Kirkus Reviews. Amanda ha...
Title:Nora and the Texas TerrorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Holiday HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823422836

ISBN - 13:9780823422838

Appropriate for ages: 6


Editorial Reviews

Reflecting recessionary times, Cox's latest chapter book follows a third-grader named Nora who suddenly has to share her room at home and her desk at school with a cousin whose father has lost his job. It's a quick snapshot, covering the few weeks it takes for the father of "the Texas Terror" to find newemployment, but Cox packs it with drama, mostly domestic and mostly comic. Nora and Ellie have met only once before-it didn't go well-and their personalities and styles still clash when Ellie relocates to Oregon. Nora likes her own routine, her ballet, and building gnome houses at recess, while Ellie wearsblack, dotes on her pet tarantula, and plays hard in the recess soccer game. Cox concisely conveys a sense of family dynamics and resolves the crisis of the story-a storm that imperils Ellie's little brother-as neatly as she dispels Nora and Ellie's differences. Haley's illustrations are likewise cartoonish and appealing.- Abby Nolan