The Boys Return

The Boys Return

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
     
 

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It’s spring break and the only assignment Wally Hatford and Caroline Malloy have is to do something that they have never done before. Wally’s sure that will be a cinch once he hears the great news about the mighty Benson brothers coming to stay for vacation. It will be nonstop action all the way. For starters, the nine Benson and Hatford boys plan on

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It’s spring break and the only assignment Wally Hatford and Caroline Malloy have is to do something that they have never done before. Wally’s sure that will be a cinch once he hears the great news about the mighty Benson brothers coming to stay for vacation. It will be nonstop action all the way. For starters, the nine Benson and Hatford boys plan on scaring the three Malloy sisters silly by convincing them that their house is haunted. Of course, the boys don’t know that the girls are hard at work plotting their own special surprise welcome. The Bensons don’t know what they’re up against with the Malloy girls. But they soon will.

Meanwhile, everyone in town knows there’s a hungry cougar on the prowl. When the kids decide to take a break from their tricks and join forces in catching the cougar, guess who gets stuck with the scariest job? This will surely be something no one has ever done before.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Readers will wish they could have this much fun with their neighbors and friends. . . . As with the previous books, this title can stand alone.”
School Library Journal
“Another funny installment in this sweet-natured series.”–Booklist
Publishers Weekly
It's the Hatfords versus the Malloys (again) in Newbery-winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's The Boys Return. This time it's spring break and the Hatford boys team up with the Benson brothers to plan a ruthless prank against the sisters, schemers in their own right. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The friendly feud continues in this the seventh installment of the Hatfords vs. the Malloys. It is spring break and the Benson brothers have returned to Buckman, West Virginia to visit their pals the Hatfords. It doesn't take long for the boys to set up a practical joke to scare the Malloy sisters. With some clever storytelling, they convince the girls that their house is haunted by a vengeful ghost who returns every March 22—two days hence. What the boys do not expect is for the girls to retaliate with a joke of their own. As if that were not enough excitement, the town is being stalked by a hungry cougar and all the kids join forces to plot its capture. Other than keeping the dozen characters straight, this is a light, breezy story sure to appeal to kids who like "stories about kids like us." Fans of the series will welcome this latest addition, which can stand independently. 2001, Delacorte Press, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The seventh installment in the series about the feuding boys and girls of Buckman, WV, takes place during spring vacation, when the Bensons, who have traded houses with the Malloys for a year, return to town for a visit. The five Benson brothers stay with their friends the Hatfords. For Caroline Malloy and her two sisters, it has been an eventful and fun year thinking up dastardly deeds and stunts to pull on the four Hatford brothers. Now, adventures really roll as the boys devise a ghostly trick to pull on the girls, who know how to retaliate. Readers will wish they could have this much fun with their neighbors and friends. There is even a hint of romance, and a cougar on the loose. As with the previous books, this title can stand alone, although they are more fun read consecutively.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440416753
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/11/2003
Series:
Boy/Girl Battle Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
330,137
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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