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Keep Your Eye on Amanda
illus. by David Wisniewski
HarperCollins, 1996
out of print; look for this book at your favorite library
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Keep Your Eye on Amanda

The young raccoon is going places—even if it's in the wrong direction. When Amanda decides she wants to be a professional thief, it's up to her brother, Phillip, to keep her from a life of crime. To do so, he's going to need the help of every animal in town and a runaway train, too!

Behind the Book

Avi writes: When I was a boy living in New York City, one of the newspapers that came into the house was the Herald Tribune. Every day the newspaper printed a chapter of a serial story by Thornton W. Burgess. These were animal tales, illustrated by Harrison Cady, and they went on for years. I loved them. Moreover, I could buy the complete story from a neighborhood used book dealer for twenty-cents a book—the first books I ever bought on my own.

Serialization made a deep impression on me. Years later when I moved to Colorado and a small town which had its own newspaper, I suggested to them the idea of a serialized story. They were interested and, as a result, I wrote Keep Your Eye on Amanda. That in turn led to the creation of Breakfast Serials, and the publication of many serial stories by many writers. At its high point it reached thirty-five million readers! Amanda Joins the Circus was the second serial book I wrote.

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