The Blossoms and the Green Phantom

The Blossom Family Series, Book 3

by Betsy Byars
Junior Blossom has created the most spectacular invention of all time: a homemade UFO. The Green Phantom took all of the garbage bags and Day-Glo paint Junior could find, but now it requires one more very special ingredient. Although Junior needs help, his family seems too busy to notice. Then when Pap and his dog, Mud, don't come home from town, the Blossoms are pulled apart even farther. Are Pap and Mud in serious trouble? Can a Blossom promise bring everyone back together again? The strength of family love triumphs in this adventurous third title of the best-selling Blossom Family series by Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars. An ALA Notable Book for Children


Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola

By the time he could hold a pencil, Tomie dePaola knew his life’s work would be writing and illustrating children's books. He has received many awards including a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona and a nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

DePaola has published more than two hundred children’s books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year. 

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his dog. His studio is in a large, renovated two-hundred-year-old barn.


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