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The Grudge Keeper

from Peachtree Publishers

2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Bank Street College of Education 2015 Best Children's Books of the Year
CCBC Choices 2015 - Picture Books for School-Age Children
2015 Storytelling World Resource Award
2015 Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award
2016-2016 Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award nominee

"This is a warm-hearted book to savor and read over and over again."
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"Rockliff has created a clever fable characterized by ornate language, extraordinary characters and billowy atmosphere." Kirkus *

"Sublime." —Betsy Bird

The Grudge Keeper cover
What do you do with your tiffs and huffs?
Your squabbles and quibbles?
Your low blows and pet peeves?

No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge.

No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

Ruffled feathers, petty snits, minor tiffs and major huffs, insults, umbrage, squabbles, dust-ups, and imbrogliosthe Grudge Keeper received them all, large and small, tucking each one carefully away in his ramshackle cottage.

But when a storm flings the people together and their grudges to the wind, will the Grudge Keeper be out of a job?

by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Picture Book
Peachtree, 2014
ISBN 978-1-561-45729-8

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"Rockliff's rococo wordplay is an apt match for Wheeler's artwork." Publishers Weekly

"Wheeler’s eye-catching cartoon drawings are busy with activity and whimsical detail that adds fullness to this simple, pleasant tale, and Rockliff’s telling is sprightly." School Library Journal

Read an interview about this book:
Mara Rockliff and Eliza Wheeler: The Making of The Grudge Keeper

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