Wondrous Rex
Wondrous Rex

Wondrous Rex

Written by Patricia MacLachlan
8 - 12
Reading age
Page count
Mar 17, 2020
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Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan has written a magical and funny tale about the joy found in using words, sharing stories, and loving a wondrous dog: Rex.Grace’s aunt is a writer. She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like “melancholy” and “delirious.”But Lily is often “flummoxed” by her writing. Her stories don’t go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer’s group can’t help.So Lily posts an ad for an assistant: A writer of books needs an assistant, a coach, a helper, for inspiration and some magic!The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador retriever who will change Grace’s life, and Lily’s. The word “amazing” is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Gracy, Lily, and Rex like to find the right word for a situation. Did you learn any new words, or did you have a favorite word one of these writers used?
  • Lily posted the ad for an assistant. Sometimes we need a little help with something, but it's hard to ask for it. What is something in your life you could ask for help doing or learning, and who might you ask?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 17, 2020
Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count
Middle Grade
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)

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