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Ella Minnow Pea

By: Mark Dunn
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo,Renata Friedman,Michael Crouch,Sara Morsey
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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal phrase containing all the letters of the alphabet: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is "a love letter to alphabetarians and logomaniacs everywhere" (Myla Goldberg, best-selling author of Bee Season).

©2021 Mark Dunn (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“There’s the whiff of a classic about Ella Minnow Pea.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

“A love letter to alphabetarians and logomaniacs everywhere.” (Myla Goldberg) 

“A curiously compelling...satire of human foibles, and a light-stepping commentary on censorship and totalitarianism.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer

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A lighter version of The Hand Maidens Tale

In a society governed by letters, what happens when they start disappearing, and the powers that be take it as a sign?

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If you love words and language this book is for you.

This was a humorous and delightful tale. I ordered a physical copy of the book in order to study all of the vocabulary words. This was a fantastic journey and I highly recommend this book.

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Brilliant Lipogrammic Novel

Very entertaining : well written and well read. I expected something cleverly toying wuth language like this to be dry but it was tense, witty and immensely enjoyable.