The Boys Start the War

The Boys Start the War

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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
     
 

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Just when the Hatford brothers were expecting three boys to move into the house across the river, where their best friends, the Bensons, used to live, the Malloys arrive instead. Wally and his brothers decide to make Caroline and her sisters so miserable that they'll want to go back to Ohio, but they haven't counted on the ingenuity of the girls.

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Just when the Hatford brothers were expecting three boys to move into the house across the river, where their best friends, the Bensons, used to live, the Malloys arrive instead. Wally and his brothers decide to make Caroline and her sisters so miserable that they'll want to go back to Ohio, but they haven't counted on the ingenuity of the girls.

From dead fish to dead bodies, floating cakes to floating heads, the pranks and tricks continue — first by the boys, then the girls — until someone is taken prisoner! Will the Malloys leave West Virginia? Will the Bensons come back? Trust the four Hatford boys and the three Malloy girls to do anything to get one up on each other in this fun-filled war of the wits.

Readers will cheer for their favorites in this lively story of two feuding families written by Newbery Medal winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Watch for the continuing chronicles of the Hatfords and the Malloys in The Girls Get Even.

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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:
9780385308144
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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