Softcover, 176 pages
|The People in Pineapple Place
by Anne Lindbergh
August Brown has been through a lot: his parents have just divorced, he and his mother have moved from Vermont to Washington, D.C., and he's left his catcher's mitt behind with his old friend Zachary Judge. In his new neighborhood of Georgetown, August is the new kid on the block. He doesn't know anyone, and he doesn't want to know anyone. Anyone, that is, except for the friendly rag-bag lady who always comes by on garbage day and without fail waves to August. One day, he decides to follow her and ends up in the mysterious Pineapple Place, a quaint cobblestone street of cheerful houses, where seven invisible – except to August – children from another time live. Before he knows it, August and his fantastic new friends have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime in the nation's capital!
Praise for The People in Pineapple Place
The author, the daughter of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, brings vitality and charm to her descriptions of Washington's parks and pleasures.
—New York Times Book Review
A beautifully handled fantasy.
The People in Pineapple Place is about a boy whose life has been turned upside down and the friends he makes who help him settle in. It is also a love story about living in the city, something exceedingly rare in teen fiction, and while decidedly set in 1982 (with a fun foray back to the pre-WWII era), it has a contemporary realistic feel. Nothing terrifying happens in this book, nothing horrifying or disturbing. The divorce is tough, but August learns to voice his feelings and navigate an honest path with his mother who is a wonderful sort of parent who gives him the kind of freedom that most tweens dream about. The most refreshing thing about this novel was how I didn't have to worry about it—the kids have their big secret but it's a fun secret, a secret of parks and picnics and skating down the halls of the National Gallery. It's a secret that hurts no one and readers are allowed to simply enjoy how the friendships unfold and the revelations are made. The People of Pineapple Place is a perfect title for precocious younger readers who want a secret, but not something to worry about.
—Colleen Mondor, Bookslut