The Night Daddy Author:Maria Gripe ------A good YA book, possibly for middle schoolers---- — Julia's mother, a nurse on the night shift, wants a companion for her young daughter. She advertises in the newspaper: — EASY BABYSITTING — SLEEP WHILE YOU WORK — WORK WHILE YOU SLEEP — A young writer who cannot sleep in his tiny apartment because it is too full of books eagerly answers the a... more »d. At first, Julia is furious about the arrangement. However, she is gradually won over by the kind, sensitive young man and his pet owl, Smuggler. Soon she has christened him her 'Night Daddy' and the two of them are sharing midnight snacks, playing with the owl, and tending an exotic tropical plant known as the 'Queen of the Night.'
Maria Gripe is one of Sweden's most distinguished writers for children. She has also written the famous HUGO AND JOSEPHINE trilogy, as well as PAPPA PELLERIN'S DAUGHTER, among other books.« less