Boys Start the War

Boys Start the War

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
     
 

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It's the summer holidays—time for camping, fishing or just lazing, until girls move in next door. That means war, but the girls know how to fight back. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the winner of the Newbery Medal.  See more details below

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It's the summer holidays—time for camping, fishing or just lazing, until girls move in next door. That means war, but the girls know how to fight back. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the winner of the Newbery Medal.

Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman
The slapstick, mischief, and trickery in this good-humored story about getting your own back will keep middle grade readers laughing. Furious that the kids in the new family across the river are all girls, the Hartford brothers start a campaign to drive the Malloys out of their West Virginia town. What the boys don't realize is that the girls can give as good as they get. The reversals are both wild and banal: the girls' tricks range from stealing jockey shorts off the line to pretending to be dead; the boys have a great time with Halloween-type monster disguises and with catching the girls in embarrassing moments. The story is told from the point of view of the fourth-grader in each family. They can't help admiring each other's tricks; they even wonder--momentarily--if it might be fun to be friends. Unlike Naylor's books about Alice, the embarrassment here isn't mixed with anguish. Shame is just a spur for gleeful revenge. And they do get revenge. Both sides. Again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307514851
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Series:
Boy/Girl Battle Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
353,311
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Boys Start the War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! Naylor captures the classic no win situation of boys against girls in a neighborhood war. The parents who are completely oblivious to their kids war add to humor. This book is great for all ages. The kids ages 8-11 but I like them and I'm 13!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are pure fun and awesome. If you hate reading, then you'll reconsider that option if you read the first book. It got me hooked and even as I grew older, I still remember these books and I reread them over and over again. This are great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone could read it its sooooooo funny!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elementary students will love this book because of the funny things the Hartford brothers and the Mallory sisters do to each other to win the battle: from dead fish to floating heads! A humorous book that you will make you laugh till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PHYLIS NAYLOR IS THE MOST AWESOME WRITER EVER. MY CLASS JUST FINISHED THE BOOK. REMEMBER THE POST ON MARCH 7? WELL IM BACK! WITH ALL NEW POSTS ABOUT THE BOYS START TJE WAR AND THE GIRLS GET EVEN SERIES? OR THE PHYLIS REYNOLDS NAYLOR SERIES! HOPE TO WRITE SOON.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, I'm telling you guys. When you read this book, your going to laugh alot and you want to read it again. This is not actually a phical fight, like doing bad things to each other. And i'm reading the The Girls Get Even and is so awesome. If your read this book, your going to like it and never froget about what happen in the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about the Hatford boys who live across the river from a new family that's just moved in. All the kids in the new family are girls. This book is about the boys and the girls having a war - a tricky war. The youngest sister is named Caroline. She is fun and adventurous. She likes to pretend like I do - so I like that a lot! My favorite part of the book is when the sisters dumped Caroline in the river and pretended she was dead to freak out the boys. It worked and the boys were really freaked out. I would recommend this book to girls and boys who are between 8 and 13 years old. I think anyone who has a brother or a sister will really like this book. It made me laugh a lot, and it was fast to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a 4th grade teacher, I am always on the lookout for fun books to read aloud to my students. I ALWAYS begin each school year reading this book, along with the others in this series. Boys Start the War is a funny, fast-paced, well-written story about a feud between the boys in one family and the girls in another. The two groups continuously play hysterical pranks on each other, and even though I've read this series numerous times, I still laugh out loud at certain parts.
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It's not so fun and intoresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. There is a whole sieris of these books but it doesnt matter what order you read them in because every book is about the boys and the girls pranking one and other. The reason they are good books is because i love to see wgat prank the teams will think of next. (FYI i am rooting for the boys team!) They pull off some pretty good tricks. Read this hilarious book right now!
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To cool
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The girls move in acroos the littel foot brige and the boys hate the girls Love 'jasmine
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Awesome book
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