Publishers Weekly On Robbie Forester And The Outlaws Of Sherwood Street

Edgar Award–winner Abrahams (Reality Check) shifts gears slightly, adding conspiracies and superpowers to the mystery mix in a loose contemporary update of the Robin Hood legend, set in Brooklyn, N.Y. Seventh-grader Robyn, aka Robbie, witnesses a dying homeless woman drop a charm bracelet as she’s taken onto an ambulance, and the bracelet causes Robbie to manifest strange powers in times of stress. She has plenty of stress coming her way when she learns that the homeless shelter where she and her mother volunteer is being closed, thanks to rent gouging by mysterious millionaire Sheldon Gunn, who is employing Robbie’s mother’s law firm to help him. Gunn is also behind attempts to close other local institutions, and when Robbie shares the secret of the bracelet with her frenemy, Ashanti, and her former classmate, Tut-Tut, they are all drawn into a fight for justice. Abrahams strikes a successful balance between whimsy and serious issues caused by economic injustice, while keeping the action and mystery moving forward at a brisk pace. Ages 10–up.  (Jan.)

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87 Responses to “Publishers Weekly On Robbie Forester And The Outlaws Of Sherwood Street”

  1. Melanie
    8:51 am on December 4th, 2011

    I will part of the age group “+up”!

  2. B.Stover
    9:01 am on December 4th, 2011

    Good morning Melanie. So will I!

    Good morning all.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:34 am on December 4th, 2011

    Good morning Melanie and Bee,
    Count our mom and pop in the +up folks who will be reading Robbie.

  4. Buddy
    9:42 am on December 4th, 2011

    Big happenings here this morning, Guys. When Mom went up to feed the horses, she came back in with a dirty, bloody Dima. And she was in a tizzy because there was no Meashka. She knew that could only be bad news. Pop went out searching, and came back with a much bloodier Meashka. She has a slit ear(!!!) and Mom and Pop worked on her long and hard to try to get the bleeding to stop. They even used something called “Wonder Dust”. Now all of the Howlers are lying around looking like they climbed Mt. Everest or something. Not the peaceful Sunday morning Mommy told me we would be having.

  5. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:52 am on December 4th, 2011

    Buddy and the rest of the Oley Howlers. That is terrible. I hope that Meashka and Dima wlll be okay. Do you know what happened — were they attacked by some wild animal or what? Please keep us informed and please know that my special doggie prayers and being sent out super strong for both of them (mom and dad’s too). A very concerned Wookie

  6. Melanie
    9:58 am on December 4th, 2011

    Goodness, OleyHowlers and Buddy!

    We use something like wonder dust. It really does help. You guys take care and let your parents’ adrenaline level settle down.

    Hi Wöökie, oh Hero of the Pack!

  7. OleyHowlers
    10:00 am on December 4th, 2011

    Wookie, our hero!!! We worried about you yesterday. Did you see that Chet dedicated yesterday’s blog to you?

    Don’t worry about us. We had to take care of a trespasser, and Buddy and Mom and Pop had a conniption fit. The Other Guy looks a lot worse heh heh. But we aren’t showing Mom or Pop because they will take him away or something. So mums the word…our little secret, O.K.?

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:06 am on December 4th, 2011

    OH, you need to tell your mom and dad about the trespassed. I don’t want anyone to get hurt. OK?

  9. Rose
    10:27 am on December 4th, 2011

    Buddy, hope the rest of the day will be quiet, and snuggly for you after all this excitement.

    OHs: Very worried about you in NY. I agree with Wolfie, you need to tell your mom and pop, so they know what kind of trespasser is lrking on your property. Hope you guys are tip-top soon.

  10. Rose
    10:32 am on December 4th, 2011

    Greetings All!

    I was so worried about OH, I forgot to say good morning. I voted this morning.

    Masquers, my friend. I know this is short notice, but I’m confident this is a request WeatherKat can surely handle. The Prof has a day conference in Boston on Tuesday. He is leaving Monday afternoon, after class. What clothes do we (I) need to pack?

  11. Rose
    10:34 am on December 4th, 2011

    Belle Starr: I hope your pink back-pack is set to go. Hope you and Luna don’t run into any bad weather….

  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:41 am on December 4th, 2011

    Oleys, It sounds like you might have encountered a big racoon. They can do a lot of damage. Do you have badgers in PA? We don’t have any here. Our worst predators are coons and coyotes. Do you get the wonder dust from the v-e-t?

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:12 am on December 4th, 2011

    O.Howlers: What a start to your morning!!! (and ours) Thank dog Dima and Meashka are okay!!! We are also thinking it must have been a raccoon. Siber-H will be happy to hear the hot one is resting at home with her brother. Mom and Pop, Sasha, Kat, Buddy and T.C., I know you all with give those two lots of attention and loving care today.

    Brave Wookie: Glad you checked in. You know how we worry!

    We liked the review. Short and sweet. Us too…in the “and up” catagory.

  14. B.Stover
    11:28 am on December 4th, 2011

    It sounds to me as though the Howlers killed the trespasser and have him hidden.

  15. Masquers
    11:59 am on December 4th, 2011

    Rose: Thank you for reminding us to vote.
    Pack that umbrella! Rain for Tuesday in Boston. Here’s the 5 Day:
    http://www.weather.com/weather/5-Day/MA0046

  16. OleyHowlers
    12:04 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Wonder Dust is kept in the barn for emergency use on horses. Mom thinks she just bought it from a horse supply place. Meashka snuck Kat out to see the monster she slayed, but Kat also is sworn to silence. This place would be overrun without us. Meantime, Mom and Pop are hapily finishing up their decorating with greens and pine cones.
    What they don’t know can’t hurt them…as long as we are on patrol.

  17. Masquers
    12:04 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Well…that’s embarrassing…trying again:
    >>> http://www.weather.com/weather/5-Day/USMA0046

  18. Masquers
    12:09 pm on December 4th, 2011

    AARGH!!!Third time’s the charm:
    http://www.weather.com/weather/5-day/USMA0046

  19. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Hey Siber Friends! I know you guys weren’t attacked. You were the attackers. You have my mom all worried now so you will have to keep her posted as to how you are doing.
    I hope you got the critter and I bet you did.

    I’m not reading the review of the book because I think it gives too much away and the book will be out soon.

  20. Melanie
    12:18 pm on December 4th, 2011

    I bet B.Stover is correct and the trespasser has been hidden or buried. Which isn’t too bad unless youse guys decided to dig him up again.

    The Walk / Run was excellent. A good time was had by all. Rose ran all over finding dogs who were not with a Pack. It is nice that she has a job!

    Next I went and talked to our neighbors. Patsy is to take walks everyday but not on the street. My neighbors all have dogs (and one also has horses) and we now have permission to cross one neighbor’s lawn to get to the horses and walk that field. Patsy and I will both enjoy that.

    I looked up the weather for Dallas. snicker . . .
    Cold and rain.

    Yesterday he went to the aquarium. He loves aquariums.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:24 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Riddle: What’s black and white and red all over? An embarrassed WeatherKat. tee hee.

    A couple of the Pack have taken falls in the last day or so…The Royal Mum and Wolfie’s Mom. I know they must be feeling very sore today.

    SnowBella: Snow turning into rain…the worst! Be careful.

  22. dawson
    12:26 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Yikes!
    Buddy and the Howlers: Please be careful out there in the wilds! I’m glad everyone is okay.
    Wookie: Thank dog you were there and right on the ball to protect your household the other night. All that training has paid off in spades.
    Melanie: Hope Dan is doing okay. It’s hard to lose your sister even if expected. Condolences.
    Rio: So far the quilt and fan are in perfect shape. Still 2 more plane trips and a border crossing to go. I love, love, love the little quillings and sunflowers.
    Yesterday we had a Thanksgiving with my youngest granddaughter the star of the festivities. She will be one year old in January and is walking all over holding on to Grandma’s fingers. My back is just a teeny bit sore. Today, A Catty Librarian and I woke to new snow…a few inches…very wet…and took our morning walk. We may go with her daughter to look at houses to buy. We may decorate the Xmas tree. I may get a lesson in Facebook. We are playing it all by ear.

  23. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:28 pm on December 4th, 2011

    It does sound like a raccoon. I have a pretty good understanding with our sometimes resident raccoon, Rocky. He for the most part stays out of my backyard, and I let him live. As reported previously, whenever he scavengers from our garbage cans on the side of the house he is generally quite neat and always manages to find and leave a wine cork next to the carefully opened bag. I think he shares my mom and dad’s affinity for Austalian Shiraz. Quite the connoisseur that little guy.
    Oh, by the way, decorating already getting started for my mom and dad’s annual Christmas party, next Saturday night. A New Orleans theme this year, in memory of one of their close friends from the Big Easy who was a regular attendee and who died this past year. Right now we are looking at a sit-down dinner for 25 (well, 26 actually, counting moi!). Got to sign off now, lots to supervise here at party central.
    Wookie
    P.S. pictures of the table setting and menu will be posted later in the week.

  24. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:38 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom’s home from church so she finally let me on the computer. I’m going to have Mom do some research about that Robbie book — sounds like something we’d be interested in. As for the age range, Dad says I’m about 10, so I’m qualified!

    OH: Sounds like you’ve had quite the morning! So far I’ve gone out to…well, you know…and…that’s about it. I think you’ve got me beat on the excitement chart!!!

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:52 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Wookie, Can’t wait. Your mom sets the best table!

    We had a visiting racoon here at the barn last week, but we think he kept going. Barb is basically a live and let live kind of gal, but those coons are murder on the chickens. So we have been watching for him. He wasn’t really big, so she thinks I could get him without too much damage to moi, but she is not sure if she wants to take any chances.

    Barb is going to have lunch, read, take a nap and then watch a movie, in that order. She is working on more cards and a Christmas stocking repair too. Good day to stay inside. BBL

  26. BearSpiritDog
    1:04 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Hey! I think I see a patch of sunshine in which to romp and play. Be back in a while.

  27. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:06 pm on December 4th, 2011

    We don’t have raccoons nearby, but Gus found a big black and creature with a big fluffy tail. Not once, but twice. Peeee-yooooouuuuuu!!

    Hopefully he has learned his lesson.

  28. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:09 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Wookie, you are the best. I am very proud of you. Can’t wait to see the decorations and the table.

  29. Masquers
    1:17 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Rio: I saw your post from last night about the possible Monday mailings. That is excellent news. Mom says to tell your friend not to stress. I promised her I would be patient.

  30. B.Stover
    1:24 pm on December 4th, 2011

    “‘That corpse you planted last year in your garden,/Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?/Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?/Oh keep the Dog far hence, that’s friend to men,/Or with his nails he’ll dig it up again!'”

    The Howlers’ escapade reminded me of these lines from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. I’m currently teaching it and the students love it. We are only finishing part two and tomorrow will be the third week on it. I only wanted to spend two weeks on it.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:43 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Yippee!….My friend just now finished making all the little gift cards…Millions!…And Millions of them…heh!…Now she has to punch and tie the string on each and every one…grunt!…So I guess she is not really done-done…sniff!…Just almost done. I know for a fact she is almost Done-In though…chorkel!

  32. Masquers
    1:46 pm on December 4th, 2011

    B: I love your T.S. Eliot quote. Very apropos, and The Waste Land being a personal favorite of mine.

  33. Mollypop's Mom
    2:47 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Wookie – I’m looking forward to your pictures and menu.

  34. Snowhook Bella
    2:57 pm on December 4th, 2011

    It’s raining Herbs and Corgis today in our neck of the woods. Our wonderful trails are diminished and will soon turn into ice skating rinks. Speaking of which AJ has saved me twice from falling in as many steps.

    Oley-Howlers: I should have taken my own advice and read the blog starting from the last entry back. My guess is the perp gave as good as he got!

  35. Snowhook Bella
    3:09 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Ahem. I have an announcement to make:

    In memory of my dear Howard, a checkpoint has been sponsored by an Plunderer who wishes to remain anonymous. When asked which checkpoint they would like to sponsor, I was told that the decision was up to be because it is for Howard.

    A certain checkpoint came to mind over and over again. Yet, when I told AJ about the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Plunderer and choice that lay before us, he stated that it should be the same checkpoint that I had thought of time and again. We chose the checkpoint of Safety. We chose it for what Howard found with us the day he found me. We chose it because the checkpoint is the last stop before the end of the race just as my heart was the last stop before the end of Howard’s race. We chose it because it was the only option that speaks to our time with Howard.

    Thank you to the Plunderer for honoring my dear one. I miss him terribly still.

  36. C. Harris
    3:09 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: strange weather up here also. I got up early to head to the big city (Fairbanks) and shop. I couldn’t believe my temperature reading was +46 until I kept turning down the heat in the car and finally turned on the air conditioner. Once in town (where it was +35) I shed my winter coat and walked around in a blouse and jeans. Only did a couple of stores because everything was too slick both walking and driving. Not worth a fall or a collision. Teachers have been called that we might have a delayed start to school tomorrow if the roads are too slick. We never have “snow days” but sometimes school is called off if it is too warm.

    OH: up here dogs tangle with porcupines–not good plus afterwards dogs are always out for revenge and they never learn to stay clear of them.

  37. Snowhook Bella
    3:19 pm on December 4th, 2011

    CHarris: I believe there is a freezing rain warning in effect for us until sometime this afternoon if I hear correctly. I’m not sure about your area, but we tend to get a combination of Anchorage weather and Fairbanks weather. My employer made me memorize the following long ago: When the roads are bad, Rebecca stays home. I will work from home tomorrow. Plus, this weather does nothing for my lack of coordination. :)

  38. Siber-H
    3:40 pm on December 4th, 2011

    It’s warmer in Fairbanks and Willow than it is here today.

    Safety is a great choice in honor of Howard.

    We heard Pancho and Lefty on the radio today…made us think of two dogs in Alaska.

  39. Barb & Maggie
    4:31 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Barb was reading a little you-know-what. There is so much detail it is amazing. He is back in 1958 and buying a 1954 Ford. He haggles and pays $320.00, which is about right. Then he talks about driving it, with the column shift and the light dimmer control on the floor that you hit with your left foot. Does anyone remember those little gagdets?

    Barb just heard of a funny name that someone named their dog: Feliz Naughty Dog. Has anyone ever met one of those?

  40. Rose
    4:35 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Masquers: Once again, you have done an excellent job! I’m getting the Prof’s clothes ready now. An umbrella will be included. :)

  41. Tyb
    5:00 pm on December 4th, 2011

    I don’t understand what’s happening with my computer. We were on the road this morning and pulled into a restaurant parking lot because we knew that there would be free wifi there. I connected and reminded everyone to vote for AJ. Then I voted.
    Now that I’m home, I can’t find my earlier post and have decided that the connection must have been bad. I decided to vote again just in case; and when I did, I got a message that I had already voted today. The vote registered but the post didn’t. It’s so late that I hope everyone has voted by now, but if any of you haven’t you should get with it.

  42. B.Stover
    5:12 pm on December 4th, 2011

    I always had automatics but I remember the light dimmer on the floor.

    TYB: I already voted today.

  43. Siber-H
    5:16 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Ah Ha..The book whose name we dare not mention.
    Barb, Mom remembers the left foot thingy and thinks it still may be the best design.
    The manual shift in our truck is on the floor so they are still doing that.

    TYB, Thanks and I voted.

    I hope the Royal’s mum is having a super good day.

  44. OleyHowlers
    5:40 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Mom voted for AJ. She just reminded Pop. Thanks Tyb.

    Barb, Mom says she remembers the column shift and the light dimmer control on the floor that you hit with your left foot. Thankfully, she never had to drive a car with a column shift. Her dad’s car was an automatic and her first car was a VW Beetle and it had the shift on the floor. She had a lot of trouble with the dimmer control on the floor though. She is height-challenged and had trouble reaching that dimmer switch.

    Here is a picture of our Christmas card for this year.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Finished!….The Little Gift Cards are finished!….Woooooo!…. Here is what they looked like before being punched and tied….heh!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:26 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Packaged!….And here is what they look like all Punched, Tied and Packaged….grunt!….What a day it has been!….Wooooo!

  47. Melanie
    6:27 pm on December 4th, 2011

    I feel like The Pack and I are getting close to our quotas on prayers. But knowing you guys, that’s not possible.

    Dan just fell. His left leg gave way on him and it appears he has either broken his leg or hip. He might have also hit his head. He’s in the ambulance now going down the hill. I’m sick, Zoë can’t drive at night so my sister is following the ambulance.

    She will be calling us with updates throughout the night. Not sure if I’ll get back on, but please send him your thoughts and prayers.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    6:30 pm on December 4th, 2011

    SnowBella: Once again you have us teary-eyed with your account of the tribute to Howard. Thank you to the AP for your generous gift that means so much.

    O.Howlers: A very cute card!

    Nana remembers the dimmer switch. She says her first car had an automatic transmission.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    6:35 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oh No, Melanie! I am so sorry!! Big prayers and hugs coming your way!! Paws crossed he will be okay.

  50. B.Stover
    6:36 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: I’m so sorry. I am thinking of Dan. Let us know when you can.

  51. Mollypop's Mom
    6:37 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oh no, Melanie! This is awful. Keep in mind my family still makes the offer to be there if we can help.

  52. Rose
    6:43 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: I’m so very sorry to hear about Dan. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    OH: What a very cute card!!

    Rio: Once again, your friend’s work is just amazing, and beautiful! The packages themselves, are things of beauty!!

  53. Siber-H
    6:53 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie, Love and Prayers have no limits. Dan and all of you are in our hearts and prayers.

    Fellow Sibers, Now that is what we call a Christmas card!

    Rio, those gift cards are just beautiful!

  54. Masquers
    7:14 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Rio: They are truly a thing of beauty!!!

  55. Siber-H
    7:25 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Fellow Sibers? And why isn’t The Hot One on a Christmas card, if I may ask.

  56. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:26 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Rio, tell your friend that she is amazin! That is a lot of work.

    Melanie, I am just sick to hear of Dan’s latest plight. Please let us know when you hear something, okay?

  57. Sam
    7:27 pm on December 4th, 2011

    My Mom expected to get a few of those gift cards, but now Aunt Mollysmom says she is keeping them all for herself. And they tell me I should share, hah!

  58. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:28 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Somebody stole my “G”. The word is “amazing”.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Dan!…Oh no!…sob!sob!…Oh no no no!…Melanie I am saying prayer for Dan right now…snuffle!

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:32 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: Just as your need for prayers is growing, so does our willingness to do the praying! We’re so sorry to hear about Dan, and our thoughts and prayers are definitely with him tonight.

  61. Barb & Maggie
    7:33 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oh Melanie, hope he is not in pain, and that you and Zoe are alright. We will send up prayers for all of you.

    Rio, Can’t wait to see your friend’s work in real life, but tell her if tomorrow is not going to work, we understand.

    Did you Howlers actually get Kat to lay still with the hat on, or is that photshopped?

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on December 4th, 2011

    News!…I’m glad there is also some good news today….sniff!…The anonymous donor has struck again!…snort!…Another check-point accounted for. Very good news indeed…wuffle!

    Vote!…Now I need to go vote for AJ the Giant before I forget…snort!

  63. elliot
    7:43 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Someone loves her Scottie book & blanket.

  64. elliot
    7:46 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Hm. Let’s try to upload that picture again.

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:47 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Elliot: I’m glad to hear that. When Dawson said she was finally going to see it, I was hoping she would like it!

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:52 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Is that Ruby Jo? She looks like someone I’d like to give kisses to!!!

  67. Snowhook Bella
    7:53 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: No need to ask twice. Prayers and thoughts of comfort and healing heading your way. Please keep us posted. I hate to hear of Dan having such difficulty.

  68. Masquers
    7:56 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Elliot: That is a very sweet picture of baby, Scottie book and blanket. The perfect little person to have it!

    Melanie: Holding you and Zoe and especially Dan in our thoughts and prayers tonight.

    Signing off a bit early. Be safe everyone.

  69. dawson
    8:10 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: We in Montana are very concerned for Dan. Our prayers are on their way.

    Kirby T.Penworthy: We put Ruby Jo on the blanket and she started jumping around like a Mexican jumping bean. She was very excited.
    Ruby has gotten a new tooth (her second) and is just starting to stand by herself…until she realizes she is doing it…then she sits down or hangs on before she falls down. The Catty Librarian and I are very impressed with the book, as is little Ruby who likes to hold it upside down while reading.

  70. Staff
    8:40 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie,
    Prayers and kitty hugs to you and your family. What a difficult time. We will be thinking of Dan and wishing him the best.

    Elliot, thanks for posting pictures of Ruby Jo and her presents. Such a cutie.

    Anon. Plunderer. Thanks for sponsoring Safety for Howard’s sake.

    Rio. Absolutely amazing. Every touch is perfect. I am so impressed. Mainly because I can’t bear to do the same thing twice, not to mention as many times as you have done them. I have great difficulty knitting two mittens the same.

  71. OleyHowlers
    8:55 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie, You and Zoe and especially Dan have lots of prayers and hugs from all of us Howlers and Buddy and T.C. And Mom and Pop. We hope his leg and hip are O.K. And that he is not in pain.

    Rio, your friend’s cards and packages are wonderful. We are so excited. But not in a hurry…absolutely, don’t let her feel pressure.

    Ruby is adorable and it looks like she loves her blankie and book.

    Barb, we do not have Photoshop. Kat had the hat tied under her chin. The inside of the card says “May your Christmas wishes come true too”. Because Kat is the fulfillment of our dreams. And Siber, The Hot One has a bloody ear…wouldn’t look good on a Christmas card! Hah hah

  72. OleyHowlers
    8:57 pm on December 4th, 2011

    oops… Christmas Dreams it says…not Christmas wishes.

  73. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:03 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie. We are so sorry to hear about Dan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Zoe and Dan at this difficult time. Prayer and faith are powerful forces, and we will do our best to channel those forces tonight for Dan’s speedy recovery. Wookie, mom and dad

  74. BearSpiritDog
    9:10 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Many little gift cards
    All in a row
    Three little gift boxes
    Ready to go

    Many are happily waiting
    Anticipating their arrival

  75. Barb & Maggie
    9:20 pm on December 4th, 2011

    We will be thinking about Dan, and hope that Melanie has a chance to give us an update tonight, or first thing in the morning.

    Little Ruby is adorable. Children (and our furry four-legged friends) really have a way of brightening the holiday season. Glad she got her blankey.

  76. Macy's Mom
    9:31 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oh, Melanie, there is no limit for prayers here. Holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. I know this must be a scary time for you. Big bear hugs to you both.

    At church this morning I was invited to the Ladies’ Christmas Gala. I was so touched, because the ticket price was out of my reach, but an anonymous donor bought mine. People are so good in times of trial.

  77. dawson
    9:37 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: That is very excellent news about the Safety checkpoint being sponsored by an anonymous Plunderer in memory of Howard.

  78. Barb & Maggie
    9:57 pm on December 4th, 2011

    With all going on, we forgot to say how wonderful that was of the A.D. to sponsor the checkpoint for Howard.

    Good night all, we will keep Dan, Zoe and Melanie in our prayers.

  79. BearSpiritDog
    10:12 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Visualizing Dan in the very best of care.
    Good night everyone – Bear

  80. OleyHowlers
    10:17 pm on December 4th, 2011

    We also forgot to say thanks to the AP for sponsoring the Safety checkpoint in honor of Howard. Now we need to go to bed. Its been a tiring day. Good night.

  81. Gus & BooBear
    10:55 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oh, my goodness. A good day and a very bad day. Melanie, hugs and purrs as you wait on news for Dan. Seems that poor guy just isn’t getting a break. Many prayers being said for all of you.

    Rebecca, how wonderful that the AD struck again and has honored Howard in such a wonderful way. Now both he and Mollypop will have special places of honor on the trail.

    Rio, tell your friend that she truly does beautiful work. How in the world does she fit that in along with a full-time job and the time she is spending getting in shape for the trip North to Alaska. Mom has got to get back on the exercise routine. The Holidays are not helping her fluffiness.

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    11:07 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Hi everyone – Mama is home in time to hear about Dan and the about the Howlers adventures and about the kindness of strangers in Macy’s life and the generosity of Anon Donors. Wow – quite a weekend.
    We are keeping Dan in our prayers – haven’t heard anything more from Melanie – she and Zoe are hopefully getting some much needed sleep.
    Mama is gimping around like a very old lady today – VERY old. Her back is telling her that she has no business slip sliding on a polished cement floor. She knew that – but her feet just didn’t cooperate.
    And tomorrow is the start of a big 3 day gala, open house at CLL. The memo said to wear business brand name clothes and a smile. Since Mama only has shirts with the brand name, she figures she will be the hit of the party – she is getting her smile all whitened up and ready. Wonder if anyone will notice her shirt??

  83. Melanie
    11:13 pm on December 4th, 2011

    THanks all. My sister called a minute ago.

    Good news: Dan’s head and neck are fine.
    Bad news: He’s fractured the leg near the hip.
    No so bad news: If there’s one thin this hospital is good at, it’s leg bones and joints.

    Going back to bed. Thanks you for Ads both Plnderers’ and Macy’s.

    That babychil’ is beautiful.

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Oooo – Tupper’s picture is up top! Woo hoo!
    oh, and Mama says they had a very good show – and thanks for all the good thoughts!

  85. Snowhook Bella
    11:20 pm on December 4th, 2011

    Melanie: Thanks for checking in. I’m sorry to heat about Dan’s leg yet I’m glad his head or neck weren’t injured. Please head to te center of the quilt—you will sleep better.

    T&G: I am glad to hear it was a successful show. As far as the slip and fall—I know he feeling. Rest up.

  86. C. Harris
    1:25 am on December 5th, 2011

    Gus & BooBear: Mamas are supposed to be fluffy so let her be.

    Melanie: thank you for posting before you went to bed; we can sleep a little easier knowing.

    T&G’s mom: take care of yourself…starting with tomorrow the stiffness and soreness should start feeling better.

  87. C. Harris
    1:30 am on December 5th, 2011

    We were notified that school is canceled for tomorrow since it warmed up enough to make the roads dangerous. So I have an extra day to clean house, finish Christmas gifts and clean out my closet (I am down another size). Of course, we have to make up the day at the end of the year but a 3-day weekend is a nice break.

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