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The Death of Old Man Hanson
Class set order code: 4450S
Old Man Hanson is a recluse, but his orchard has some of the best apples around. The neighborhood kids never tire of trying to steal some, and the adversaries engage in plots and counter-plots, pranks and counter-pranks. When the old man dies, curiosity leads two of the boys into his house, where they experience Hanson’s best prank.
Old Man Hanson is a recluse, but his orchard has some of the best apples around, and he protects them fiercely from the neighborhood kids, who never tire of trying to steal some. Getting the apples becomes a duel of wits, and the boys form the G.O.H. (Get Old Man Hanson) club. The adversaries engage in plots and counter-plots, pranks and counter-pranks. It is a duel of wits.
When Old Man Hanson dies, curiosity leads two of the boys into his house. In the midst of their snooping, they experience Hanson’s best prank: they are trapped and must use their creative intellects and quick thinking to escape, and the clock is ticking!
What the boys don’t know is Hanson’s true motivation for all of the pranks—including his last, best one—and when that is revealed, it changes everything they thought they knew about the old man. In fact, they discover, they didn’t know him at all.
Author David Kenneth Mull writes:
“While I was teaching fifth grade, I decided to write this novel for the kids in my classroom. I meant it to be a fun, short, nonthreatening book that they would want to read. It proved to be a wonderful teaching tool and an encouragement for the kids in my classes to be writers.”
“An excellent book” – Ohioana Library Association