Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6U5.814632
The Dry Creek Middle School drinking fountain has sprung a leak, so principal Walter Russ dashes off a request to Flowing Waters Fountains, Etc. asking

"...We need a new drinking fountain. Please send catalog. "

Florence Waters responds:

"I'd be delighted. . . But please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made."

And so begins the hilarious chronicle, in letters, cards, transcripts, and official town documents, as collected by Mr. Sam N.'s fifth-grade class...

Flo Waters, an artist who looks everywhere for inspiration, solicits suggestions from the fifth graders-- ...a fountain big enough to splash around in; ...a glass-sided fountain with fish; . . . buttons for dispensing lemonade and root beer; and from Mr. Sam N.-- ...a hot tub and whirlpool for the teachers.

Flo is thrilled. Mr. Russ is beside himself-- . . ."We don't need a fountain like you create for palaces and hotels. Send bid as soon as possible, or sooner. "

But it's too late. The fountain project has taken on a life of its own. Flo is supplying designs from all over the world. The school board president is up in arms. So is her friend, Dee Eel, of the water-supply company. A scandal is brewing, and the fifth-grade class is researching Dry Creek's history. Something very fishy is going on...and the secrets are buried beneath the fountain and within this delightful, thoroughly original novel.

Paperback, 144 pages
Published on March 9, 1999 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0380793474
ISBN-13: 9780380793471
6 Book Reviews
  • auntieb
    auntiebThursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:35 am55 stars
    This is a book I have read ATON! I really enjoy it! It is a fun, fast read, and it is very interesting because it is written entirely, in notes, letters, and newspapers. So in this book the Dry Creek Middle School's water fountain has broke so they call in Florence Waters to repair it. But instead she asks the students to each design the PERFECT water fountain and some of the ideas are so so fun! And Florence? She combines all their ideas into the perfect fountain!
    • BVPSunday, January 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
      Regarding the Fountain, by Kate Klise, is a funny book. He problem is when the water fountain does not work then they need a new drinking fountain, but they don't have any water left. Then they need to get a water fountain but they need to find out where all of the water went. The characters are different from other books because this book has many funny characters, and usually books only have one or two. For example, one of the characters goes all over the world for stuff for the fountain and gets a lot of crazy things like one flower all the way from Africa. The characters have funny names like Dee Eel, Sam N. and Wally Russ. Another reason the book is so different and unique is because it is written in letters instead of narration and dialogue. Most of the kids liked it in my books club. If you like funny books, you will like this book.
      • bestspiker18
        bestspiker18Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm55 stars
        I was a little bored at the begging,but it got really interesting. There was secrets, and funny jokes,names,and people. There was mystery and secrets. The story is in letters,and is about liers and leeks.
        • candyexpress
          candyexpressSunday, March 15, 2015 at 7:43 am55 stars
          This book is really good and has a nice mix of suspension, mystery, and humor
          • whizkid11
            whizkid11Monday, March 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm55 stars
            This book is really, really good. The Howard County Library System must have thought so too! It's a Battle of the Books book. Regarding the Fountain is an interesting book as well. The whole book is done in letters and I think that's unique.
            • 20mpatton
              20mpattonTuesday, December 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm55 stars
              this book is really good. If you don't like reading books that are regular paragraphs you would like this one. It is all and only letters. It is really easy and funny but not very realistic. there are other books in the series so if you like this one, then I reccomend the others as well!