October 1, 2001
October 1, 2001
Ella Minnow Pea is an epistolary novel set on the fictional island of Nollop, situated off the coast of South Carolina and home to the inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog. The islanders have erected a monument to honor their late hero, but one day a tile with the letter "Z" falls from the statue. The leaders interpret the fallen tile as a message from beyond the grave and the letter is banned from use. On an island where the residents pride themselves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy. They are still reeling from the shock, when another tile falls and then another.
Mark Dunn takes us on a journey against time through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea and her family as they race to find another phrase containing all the letters of the alphabet to save them from being unable to communicate.
In this literary fantasy, the island of Nollop, off the coast of South Carolina, is a tiny independent nation dedicated to the memory of Nevin Nollop, who invented the sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," famous for using all the letters of the alphabet. Gradually, the letters on Nollop's monument begin disappearing, one at a time--first Z, then Q, etc. The rulers of Nollop decree that, on pain of exile, local citizens must stop using words containing each letter as it disappears. The difficulties arising from this nuttiness are manifold, and culminate in the person of the eponymous Ella, who must come up with a way out of the problem.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, Settings, General, Human Qualities + Behavior, People + Places / General
- Language: English
- Author: Mark Dunn
- Online Item #: 11688579
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-6667
- ISBN: 9780967370163
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported