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The Secret Order Of The Gumm Street Girls

Updated on September 8, 2014

Welcome to Sherbet ...

Welcome to Gumm Street in the town of Sherbet. A quiet street in a perfect little town where three little girls live. You'd expect they'd be best of friends, but ... no. These little girls greatly dislike each other and that doesn't seem likely to change until a new family moves to Gumm Street and changes their lives forever.

For seven years, bad luck has followed Ivy around like a dog on a leash. Her father disappeared, her mother is a washed-up beauty-pageant winner, and now Ivy and her mother have moved into a ramshackle house on Gumm Street. Ivy's new neighbors - bookish Pru, stuck-up Cat, and wannabe adventurer Franny - are worse than unfriendly. But then a mysterious pair of ruby red slippers turn up, and the four girls are swept away ... not to OZ, but to the jaw-droppingly strange lands of SPOZ, and SPUDZ, and OOZE, pursued by the fashionably mad Cha-Cha Staccato, who bears a frightening resemblance to a certain wicked witch ....

Join us on Gumm Street as the girls begin their adventure one summer, the summer Ivy and her mother move to town, the weather in Sherbet goes wonky and the Jinx doesn't leave.

Gumm Street Girls: My Review

This was a light, fun adventure romp with the girls who live on Gumm Street suitable for girls probably 8-10 and up. There are a few "scary" scenes, but nothing too terrifying so perfectly appropriate for this age. The writing style borrow a little from Lemony Snicket - departing from the story to talk directly to the audience - and the plot is heavily influenced by the Wizard of Oz, the book not the movie. Makes a great tie-in for a next book to read if your child hasn't already discovered the wonders of Baum. Probably not a great story choice for a boy since Fred the dog is the only male main character, but Gumm Street Girls definitely a great "read-aloud" book.

The author, Elise Primavera, is also the illustrator and her pen and ink drawings are rough and more sketch-like than full blown drawings. They complement the story, though, adding a little more chaos into the mix.

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Gumm Street Girls: The Characters

Prudence Gumm - lives at #1 Gumm Street. By nature very cautious, likes to read and is constantly quoting safety tips.

  • Class: Tuna-on-Rye, moving to Bacon-Lettuce-and-Tomato
  • Favorite food: Hot dogs with Mustard and Relish
  • Favorite book: The Wizard of Oz
  • Never leaves home without: Safety kit
  • Favorite Safety Tip: "In the case of shark bite, roof collapse, mudslide, earthquake, shipwreck, gastrointestinal disturbances far from bathrooms, or any similar emergency situations, 99.99% of all successful outcomes depend on doing one thing: Staying Calm!"
  • Unique talent: Her cautious nature

Franny Muggs - lives at #3 Gumm Street. Never looks before she leaps and has lots of good ideas.

  • Class: Liverwurst
  • Favorite food: Pizza with extra cheese
  • Favorite candy: Jelly Squirtz (You can never have enough candy.)
  • Never leaves home without: A bag of cookies
  • Favorite quote: "Adventure is worthwhile in itself." -Amelia Earhardt
  • Favorite spot to hang out: Lookout tower at the top of her "wedding cake" house
  • Unique talent: Her great ideas (Cartwheel Class and Zombie Spray)

Cat Lemonjello - lives at #2 Gumm Street. Only daughter of eleven children and believed to possess ESP.

  • Class: Tuna-on-Rye
  • Favorite food: French toast with maple syrup
  • Favorite trick: A one-handed cartwheel
  • Never leaves home without: 3 pennies and a copy of the I Ching
  • Loves to: Play the piano and ride her pony (not at the same time)
  • Lives in: A treehouse
  • Family trivia: Cat's the only daughter of eleven children
  • Unique talent: Her ESP

Ivy Diamond - newly arrived at #5 Gumm Street. Unlucky, uncertain and undistinguished - for a while that is.

  • Class: Liverwurst (moved from Tuna-on-Rye)
  • Favorite food: Fried Chicken
  • Never leaves home without: the Jinx
  • Family trivia: Her mother, Pearl Gale Diamond, won the Miss Venus Constellation of Stars Pageant
  • Favorite pair of shoes: Her secret shiny silver ones
  • Unique talent: Her strength

Fred & Ginger - The beloved canine companions of one Mr. Staccato

  • Color: White
  • Size: Small
  • Weight: Fat
  • Unique talent: They always seem to know exactly what is going on

Gumm Street Girls: Which character are you the most like?

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Gumm Street Girls: Your Thoughts - Write a review, add a comment, or debate someone who disagrees with you.

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so in love with this book!!! This is my all-time favorite book ever! I really hope a 2nd one comes out... I did my book report on this:)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      OMG! I love this book! It is my fav book of all times! taste the rainbow, I totally agree with you! I send a email to Elise, on her website! Please email here everyone, so we can get her to make a movie or write a sequel! go to her website, which u cn search on goole, and click on her contacts to email her !!!!!!

      thx everyone who emailed her

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I Loved The Book!!! It Was Sort Of Iffy In The Beginning But As It Sort Of Got To The Middle I Loved It Even More!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I think it's so great, I want it to become a movie. It would be so cool, and I would like to see what Cha Cha, Coco, and Blingbling look like. I really enjoyed the book and wish that if there wasn't a movie, to at least make a sequel. If there wasn't then I would have to stop blogging about this book forever. Now I am going to get some cheese! Bye!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAITING FOR SECOND ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I love this book SO much. I've read it three times in the past three years and would love to know about the sequel like the rest of other fans!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      this book is the best book I have ever read. and for some reason I feel as if I can relate to it. this book is a ten out of ten. I wish I could erase the contents from my mind so I could read it again and have it be as exciting as the first.

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    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I really like the book, its probably one of my favorite!

      I just want 2 know when the second one is coming out!!!!

      Someone please tell me!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      when does the 2nd one come out?i've read the 1st 13 times

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i have read the book 27 times and im almost done with my 28th time, 1 time i read it 2 times in 1 day!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      That she wants to know when the second one comes out! Anyone know?....


    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I love this book! I've read it 3 times and I'm still not getting tired of it!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I think the Gumm Street Girls ROCK!!! It is such a good book 2!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      that the secter order of the gumm street girls is the best book i have ever read!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      The secret oder of the gumm street girls is the most funniest and best book i have ever read in my entire life.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      One of the best books I've read(: I'm doing a literary analysis of it in LA now and will be donating it to a nearby charity:)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this book

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!! I've read it like a million times! I really can't wait for the next one! I always keep a backpack ready just incase!

    I never want to visit Sherbet again!

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      • Prudence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 years ago

        I am literally Prudence Gumm. I read alot, and after reading the book, I started making saftey tips, because I am so much like her! I can do a cartwheel, but rather reading!!!! OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        its awesum! i hope the 2nd book comes out!!!!! >:3

      Gumm Street Girls: About the Town of Sherbet

      The town of Sherbet has a boardwalk, a candy store called the colossal Candy Bar, a five-story silver-and-gold ice-cream parlor called the Arctic Ice Cream Palace, a fabulous amusement park, a riding stable with ponies - you name it.

      The weather in Sherbet is particularly marvelous, too. It is polite, only snowing in the winter to make things look pretty. It is predictable, raining in the summer every day at exactly 4 p.m. for exactly 45 minutes, followed by a breathtaking rainbow. In short, Sherbet is about a hundred times more wonderful than where you or I live.

      Gumm Street Girls: Rate it, if you dare...

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      Gumm Street Girls: Listen to the Story

      Gumm Street Girls: The Supporting Cast

      Cha Cha - sister to the Wicked Witch of the West and determined to get the shoes Dorothy took from her other sister

      Coco and Bling Bling - Cha Cha's nieces, dedicated to staying as young and beautiful as possible

      Mr. Staccato - piano teacher who lives at #7 Gumm Street and urges Ivy to discover her unique talent

      Pearl - Ivy's sparkly mother, a former beauty show contestant and new owner of #5 Gumm Street

      The Jinx - Ivy's not sure that he's such a good thing, but there are times when she wonders ...

      Don't be afraid to use your unique talent.

      Gumm Street Girls: Packing List

      Gumm Street Girls: Franny's Great Idea

      Franny is just full of ideas, usually underappreciated by those around her. But she has one in this book that proves to be a great one - packing those emergency backpacks. Just in case. Got your pack ready?

      Franny put together a great list of useful things to pack in their backpacks. What do you think was the most important thing Franny included on the packing list?

      Elise Primavera as Illustrator

      Gumm Street Girls: Reader Feedback

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          KaraLynnRussell 8 years ago

          I love L. Frank Baum and I read everything I can find connected with him and/or Oz. I have also enjoyed Elise Primavera's Auntie Claus books. I laughed myself silly over Cha-Cha, Coco and Bling Bling. Thank you for creating this lense.

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          Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

          This looks like a good one for my going on nine-year-old and going on seven-year-old. Thank you for submitting it to the Spirit of the Season Challenge.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I love this book. :x

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          lemonsqueezy lm 8 years ago

          I agree. I have a 10 year old daughter at home. We read every night. This will be next for us. I think that she'll love it.

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          Barkely 9 years ago

          Spectangular Squid Lit lens! One of the best ever. I've never read the book, makes me wish I had.

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