Karel Poláček

With Father in Washington and Cuffy, their housekeeper, away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything magic might happen to the Melendy kids left behind at the Four-Story Mistake.

But best of all is the friendship with Mark Herron, which begins with a scrap-collection mission and comes to a grand climax on Oliver’s birthday.

Here is Elizabeth Enright’s classic story of a long, glorious summer in the country with the resourceful, endearing Melendy bunch.