The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

Patricia MacLachlan / Jun 26, 2019

The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt Facts and fictions are different truths Minna Pratt stares at this message above her mother s typewriter every day and tries to understand it But how can she when her mind is already so full She wish

  • Title: The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt
  • Author: Patricia MacLachlan
  • ISBN: 9780440840343
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Facts and fictions are different truths Minna Pratt stares at this message above her mother s typewriter every day and tries to understand it But how can she, when her mind is already so full She wishes her mother would ask her normal questions like How was your day instead of What is the quality of beauty She wishes her brother, McGrew, could catch a baseball ShFacts and fictions are different truths Minna Pratt stares at this message above her mother s typewriter every day and tries to understand it But how can she, when her mind is already so full She wishes her mother would ask her normal questions like How was your day instead of What is the quality of beauty She wishes her brother, McGrew, could catch a baseball She wishes she had a vibrato and could play Mozart on her cello the way he deserves to be played.Then she meets Lucas Ellerby Minna thinks Lucas has the perfect life His home runs smoothly and evenly Dinner conversation is full of facts, and everyone always has matching socks to wear So why is he so intrigued by her family Minna doesn t know, but as her friendship with Lucas grows, she discovers some important truths about herself and her family.In Patricia MacLachlan s hope filled coming of age story Minna learns to value her family because of their eccentricities, and to value herself because of her own.

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      • Patricia MacLachlan

        Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first She is the author of many well loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal its sequels, Skylark and Caleb s Story and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer She lives in western Massachusetts.


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    1. This book was a test. The day after our first date my now-wife dropped by with this book, one of her absolute favorites, for me to read and discuss. I was so terrified of missing some key point she was trying to make that I read through it in one sitting and then wrote a two-page book report as evidence of my earnest intentions if nothing else. But I got it right, evidently, because she kept me around.A greatly charming little story of gaining confidence in who you are. I will continue to highly [...]


    2. i have never met any children who act as whimsical and adorably intelligent as patricia maclachlan's characters, but even with their poetic dialogue they're very real somehow. i'm not sure how she does it. minna is eleven, plays the cello, adores her younger brother mcgrew and wishes her novelist mother would ask her the right questions. when lucas ellerbee, violist, frog-lover, and cutie patootie, joins her chamber quartet, minna discovers something else she wants: a vibrato. (i think this is w [...]


    3. The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt is about a young girl who is searching for her vibrato. During the whole book she goes through many struggles such as, her fingers can't reach the third string on her Cello, her parents dont pay as much attention to her as thier suppose too, and falling in love with the Violinist, Lucas. But at the end everything turns out to be perfec. Her parents went to the competion, she got her vibrato and her crush is now like her best friend. I can relate to Minna bec [...]


    4. This book has a very rare and difficult quality of perfection about it which renders it tricky to compare with other books of any kind. The rarified atmosphere it breathes reminds me strongly of the works of A. A. Milne, but the setting and authorial voice has (to my recollection) more of New England than Old. The plot is simple, the writing flawlessly economical; it draws the ear of the reader the way a Japanese painting draws the eye. Perhaps it is the sort of book Hemingway would have written [...]


    5. read this years ago, literally about 15 years ago, and it stayed on my minduldn't remember title for life of me, but "that vibrato book" would float onto the surface of my brain OFTEN. and then I found it, reread it, and see why. I'll go with luminous. something about the present-tense narration, or tiny details, or slow movement, or sense of waiting for something to happen. it sort of glows with all that.


    6. I first read this book in perhaps the third or fourth grade, and have read it possibly 10+ times since. From the very first time that I picked up The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt, I fell in love with it. The entire book just has a melodic quality that sucks you in. I cannot begin to understand what it is in particular that makes me love this book; it is just of such a quality that it stays with you for long after you've put it down. The characters in it are all unique, each with their own q [...]


    7. This was a perfectly lovely children's book about an 11 year old girl who longs for vibrato in her cello playing, has a crush on a boy, and doesn't feel understood by her parents. Minna felt very real to me, although the side characters were not very developed and I felt like her parents were gratuitously wacky. Overall, it was a very nice book. I appreciated that it didn't feel it needed to go into histrionics of poverty, death, or any other kind of trauma to be relevant.This is definitely a bo [...]


    8. This book just plotlessly meanders along, boring me to death. Some plotless books I love, and I don't even mind that they are plotless but when it comes to this one I mind.a lot. I didn't care for any of the characters nor the writing either. It was bland and unappetizing. Why did this book ever got publish and why did I ever read it? I will never know.


    9. Read this aloud to my 12 and almost-10yo boys. We all loved it. So funny, sweet, and true. Plus frogs! Also, this line: "Shiny teeth are highly valued in the beaver community."


    10. This is one of my favorite children's books. Patricia MacLachlan's prose is poetry and Minna, herself, is simply lovely.



    11. Again, this is a book handed to me by my daughter, written by her favorite author, Patricia MacLachlan. The string players, the frogs, the different parents, and children, the description of facts and fictions. Lovely. I don't play strings but my children do, so I appreciated the understanding of these instruments this author has and I learned from her. I am consistently amazed and fascinated and even sometimes a little irritated by Patricia's ability to make me feel so deeply during her books, [...]


    12. Terkadang seseorang harus melihat keluarga yang lain, sebelum dia bisa menghargai keluarganya sendiri. Minna memiliki ayah, ibu, dan adik yang memiliki karakter (aneh) masing-masing, tapi semuanya penyayang dan hangat. Lucas, sobat barunya seolah memiliki segalanya, namun seolah ada jarak antara dia dengan orang tuanya.Dan cita-cita Minna sebagai seorang yang sedang belajar bermain cello adalah vibrato. Teman-teman sekelompoknya sudah bisa melakukannya, kenapa dia tidak? TapiIt ain't over till t [...]


    13. I would like to read all the books by this author. At first I was wasn't sure how I would like this one, it was a bit different in the beginning, but kept at it. The book finished-out much better than I anticipated. A good story to learn from, while with little quirks that make the story lighter.


    14. I really liked this book and it was a big inspiration for me. I play the flute, and this really inspired me to practice playing my instrument. I can relate with Minna, thinking my family is odd. That's the main thing with the book, accepting the family you have because on the end they are all you have. At least that's what I got out of it.


    15. "There is often room for perfection in an imperfect world." —Imelda, The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt, P. 86 If Patricia MacLachlan's name weren't printed on the cover of this book, I can't say that I'd have been likely to be able to identify her as the author just from the writing. I'm used to a slightly more rhythmic sensation to the words she chooses, the gentle waves of her lovely descriptions creating a quiet harmony even when they're describing just mundane, everyday things, or simp [...]


    16. Minna Pratt lives in a very interesting world, where each day she lives it to the fullest. She is an improving cello player who has lessons every day and should be practicing every day – though she doesn’t. She is in search of her vibrato, as she prays to God and Mozart and anyone else she thinks who might be able to help her get it. The book is filled with interesting characters, like her brother McGrew who has a very entertaining personality, and then there’s Lucas, the handsome boy who [...]


    17. I was thinking about this book today -- I really like this book because of the families in it. In the book, the girl is pre- or early adolescent and very embarrassed by her family, who loves her, and whom she loves. I remember being able to identify with the mom, who is creative and not neat and watches soap operas, and her mom and dad still kiss in public. So the girl, Minna, is trying to develop her cello skills and at her music lessons she meets a boy who is richer and whose family is more di [...]


    18. Grade Level: 6th to 8thThis book follows 11 year old Minna Pratt. She is a musician that seems to not understand her family dynamic. In the story, she meets a boy named Lucas and falls in love. Throughout the story she struggles with how her family is and how Lucas's family is, making many comparisons. Overall, she learns that her family is just as normal. There are so humorous parts that keep the reader interested.I could see this book being used in conjunction with a music lesson. Learning the [...]


    19. I LOVE THIS STORY A TON AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY.This one’s weird because it’s modern and I like it. It’s by the author of Sarah, Plain and Tall, and I randomly picked it up at a library sale because it looked interesting. I don’t know, there’s just this really neat feel to the story and it’s about a girl who plays cello and her mom’s a writer, and a boy who likes frogs and is from a rich family and… I don’t know that there’s much PLOT exactly, but I just love it so much. It [...]


    20. I liked this book in a lot of ways. It was fanciful, but down to earth. It was genuinely about a kid, but had a lot of stuff in it that would speak more to adults. It was also a difficult theme--the atmospheres parents create in their homes have a big influence on the lives of their kids, and unusual backgrounds can mean a lot of culture shock. I liked it. But I didn't love it. Something about it felt a little too weird---like Patricia MachLachlan was trying to do something and couldn't quite ma [...]


    21. I have read the book last couple of months or years ago but it still remains one of my favorites.Being the type of person that is >…< typically closet hopeless romantic, I rarely find it enjoyable reading these kinds of tales but this one stands out.Mainly because there is uncorrupted innocence and quirkiness of the characters. Especially the writer mom. unobstructive and unique plot that is suited for mainly the tweens who loves mozart or music for that matter and finding yourself somew [...]


    22. An aspiring cellist, Minna Pratt wishes for nothing more than to develop her vibrato, especially with the arrival of new student Lucas. While she loves her family, Minna often feels that her distracted, writer mother and psychologist father do not understand or really listen to her. As she gets to know Lucas and his family, she develops a greater appreciation for her own. A coming of age story, full of memorable characters, this book would be good for young musicians with experiences they can r [...]


    23. This was one of my favorite books to re-read as a kid. The characters are so wonderfully quirky! I was thinking about it the other day, so i ordered a few copies for the classroom. I've never read anything else by MacLachlan, but I still wonder if she based the character of the novelist-mother on herself. The scene that stands out most in my memory is the one where Minna is standing in her front yard, surrounded by people kissing: her parents started, and then her brother and his friend Emily Pa [...]


    24. Reading this book I felt like it was-in some way- describing my life. I got this book back in third grade and it's been sitting on my bookshelf- what a waste! this book was just so excellent,the music theme wasn't forced at all. The whole flow of the book felt natural. Really, I can't tell you how awesome it was, you have to read it. I love how it's a coming-of-age story but Music is all part of her growing older, and it was funny too! I think this is proof that, sometimes, the right book finds [...]


    25. I'm a sucker for a good children's book. And while Sarah, Plain and Tall will probably remain my favorite by this author, this book, filled with lovable quirky characters, is a fun read. There are lessons to be learned as we watch Minna come to terms with herself, her family and the world around her. I was at times distracted by tense shifts, but I enjoyed the story (and the quotes).


    26. Minna wishes for many things. She wishes she understood the quote taped above her mother's typewriter: "Fact and fiction are different truths," She wishes her mother would stop writing long enough to really listen to her. She wishes her house were peaceful and orderly like her friend Lucas's. Most of all, she wishes she could find a vibrato on her cello and play Mozart the


    27. I think this book was funny. Why because in the story Minna does a funny movement . For example in the story Minna does a move that she almst fell . I also think this book is interesting , because they give every little detail so you can imagine the what is going on.I also liked this because its doesn't tell boring secenes , it tells you funny and interesting scenes


    28. I read this book as a 3rd or 4th grader but I'm reading it as a senior and finding that it is still one of my favorite books of all time because of the reflective, pretty prose. I also love how the author doesn't dumb down Minna's thoughts, because as a twelve year old, I was just as reflective as Minna. And hell yes, I ship Minna/Lucas.


    29. Though an older title this is a gem. Patricia MacLachlan's descriptions and use of language are priceless. Minna is a cello player and music is the focus of her life. How she relates to her fellow quartet players, the music they make together as well as other musicians forms the backbone of her story. Delightful; I enjoyed some chuckles while reading.


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