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The Beloved Dearly Always on the lookout for a fast buck, twelve-year old tycoon Ernie stumbles onto a money-making bonanza: pet funerals.  He hires Dusty to decorate the burial boxes and Tony to dig the holes but his prize find is Swimming Pool, a tomboy who delivers a crying jag not to be missed.  Business goes through the roof -- that is, until Ernie loses Swimming Pool over a raise and the whole venture unravels.  A rollicking, fun-spirited novel about friendship, loss, business -- and how we learn to express our feelings.

As a stage play, The Beloved Dearly was awarded TADA!'s First Look Prize and toured by Lincoln Center Institute in a production directed by Elizabeth Swados.  The play has also been produced at TADA!, South Coast Rep, Florida Stage, and Riverside Children's Theatre and been published by Dramatic Publishing.

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Praise for The Beloved Dearly

  • Starred review in Publisher's Weekly

"High-spirited, hilarious, unexpectedly touching...a sparkling debut for a major new voice in books for young readers." --Awesome Audiobooks

  • 2002 Listen Up! Award for Full Cast Audio

"Something kids won't have seen before.."  --Booklist

  • Top Ten/2003 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List

"Witty, clever, yet touch..." --School Library Journal

  • Finalist, 2004 Arizona Young Readers' Award

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