Just Ask Iris

Just Ask Iris

For Ages: 10 - 14
One wacky building. One amazing summer.
According to her mother, Iris is supposed to spend the summer safely indoors, keeping the apartment clean and learning to type. But when Iris follows a cat out onto the fire escape one day, she ends up meeting some of the amazing people who live in her building, including Yolanda, the Cat Lady, and the angry boy with the peashooter. So she comes up with two summer goals of her own: to earn some money, and to spend as much time outside the stuffy apartment as possible.
The money starts trickling in thanks to Iris's many neighbors and her errand-running business. But little does she know her job -- and her typing skills -- will lead her to play a major role not only in the future of her building, but also in the lives of forty-plus cats. And in the end, Iris gets something she didn't even know she was looking for....
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689844546 | 
  • May 2003 | 
  • Grades 5 - 7
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Chapter 1

"Aaaaaaaaah, a rat! Oh my God! Dios mío! There's a rat in the bed!"

I'd just fallen asleep when I heard Mami screaming. I jumped up, grabbed the staple gun and a paint roller, and ran to her.

"Iris, stay back!" Freddy stood in the doorway to the living room with his baseball bat. Mami was hopping around like the floor was on fire. "It's okay, Ma! Calm down! Relax!" He rushed in and poked the

bat into the corners of the pullout sofa. "Which way'd he go?"

"I don't know!" Mami climbed up on a chair. "All I know, he was huge! He was making the whole bed shake, he was so... see more

About the Author

Lucy Frank
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Lucy Frank

Lucy Frank is the author of five novels for young people: Just Ask Iris; Oy, Joy!; Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?; I Am an Artichoke; and The Annoyance Bureau.
She splits her time between New York City and upstate New York, where she and her husband have raised one son, three cats, and four ducks. Read more about Lucy and her books at www.lucyfrank.com.




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