Calling All Birdbrains (Rotten School Series #15) [NOOK Book]


Bernie Bridges is the luckiest kid at Rotten School. He wins every game he plays, doesn't get into any trouble, and even finds money! So what's the catch? For the good luck to stick, Bernie has to keep his parrot, Lippy, on his shoulder wherever he goes.

Lippy's luck is so powerful that Bernie's friends, Feenman and Crench, want in, too. But the minute they touch Lippy, everything changes—Lippy turns into a bad-luck bird.

Now nothing Bernie ...

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Bernie Bridges is the luckiest kid at Rotten School. He wins every game he plays, doesn't get into any trouble, and even finds money! So what's the catch? For the good luck to stick, Bernie has to keep his parrot, Lippy, on his shoulder wherever he goes.

Lippy's luck is so powerful that Bernie's friends, Feenman and Crench, want in, too. But the minute they touch Lippy, everything changes—Lippy turns into a bad-luck bird.

Now nothing Bernie does goes right. Bad luck follows him wherever he goes. There's only one solution, thinks Bernie. He'll give the bird away to his archrival, Sherman Oaks.

But hold on! Now Sherman is having all the good luck in the world. Has Bernie made a big mistake? Can he get both his bird and his good luck back—or has his luck run out for good?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.

Bernie B is on a major hot streak. He has just done the unthinkable. He has won twenty Uno games in a row. Everyone wonders how he can be so lucky, but Bernie knows he owes all his fortune to his lucky parrot Lippy. Then suddenly his success turns to failure as Lippy becomes the loudest unlucky charm ever. Bernie constantly finds himself in all types of trouble because of Lippy's big beaked mouth. He gets busted for his secret late night Uno games when Lippy screams ‘Birdbrain' at Mr. Skruloose. Even Bernie's big brained ideas cannot get him out of the trouble Lippy's lip causes him. Just as the reader is squirming in his seat because of Lippy's lewd remarks, an illustration shows his big innocent eyes batting loads of lashes. Nevertheless, those pretty peepers do not make up for this fowl's foul mouth, so Bernie decides to give Lippy to his rival Sherman. But Bernie becomes desperate to get Lippy back when Lippy's luck returns. Is Bernie a fair weather friend to his feathered friend? This "Rotten School" read is full of twists and turns as readers finds themselves in an internal tug of war rooting for and against the legendary, lucky Lippy. Reviewer: Julie Minnich

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061906831
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Rotten School Series, #15
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,411,112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

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Rotten School #15: Calling All Birdbrains

By R.L. Stine

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 R.L. Stine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061232763

Chapter One

"Bite My Beak!"

"Uno!" I cried. I slapped my cards down on the table. "Pay up, guys. Pay up."

Sherman Oaks, that spoiled, rich brat, pulled some money from his gold money clip. He shook his head. "You've won every game, Bernie. I'm down to my last five hundred dollars!"

"When you're hot, you're hot," I said, taking his money. "Come on, total up your cards, Feenman. You owe me big-time!"

Across the table, my friend Crench groaned. "Bernie, you're unbelievable. How can one person win twenty Uno games in a row?"

I flashed him my million-dollar grin. "Guess I'm just lucky!" I reached up to my shoulder and petted Lippy, my adorable parrot.

"Awwwk. Beak me!

Bite my beak! I'll pluck your eyes!"

He squawked.

He's so sweet! Who taught him to say those cute things?

He dug his claws into my shoulder as I tickled his feathers. That adorable parrot always warms my heart.

Across the card table, Sherman's pal Wes Updood was still counting his cards. "Do all worms come from Ohio?" he muttered. "Even Gummi Worms? That's just totally Toledo—know what I mean?"

Wes is the coolest dude at Rotten School. He's so totally cool, noone can understand a word he says!

"Goat's milk," Wes muttered. "What's up with goats, anyway? Do they have to be so short? That's totally Toledo. Yo!" He went back to counting his Uno cards.

Feenman yawned so hard, he fell off his chair. He sat on the floor and rubbed his red eyes. "Bernie, what time is it?"

Sherman raised his huge gold watch. The watch has so many jewels and so many gadgets, it weighs nearly forty pounds. Sherman usually pays a first grader to carry it around for him.

"Whoa," he said, squinting at the flashing dial. "You wouldn't believe the temperature on Mars!"

"I just want to know the time," Feenman said, curling up on the floor.

"It's six in the morning," I said. I pointed to the clock on the wall.

"Time to pluck your nose!"

Lippy chirped. He dug his claws deeper into my shoulder.

Wes and Sherman stood up, shaking their heads, watching me count my winnings. "See you, guys," Sherman said, starting to the door.

"Rather be you than see you," Wes said.

Did that make any sense?

You probably go home after school every day. But our school is a boarding school. That means we live here. We can do whatever we want. No parents! And that means staying up all night!

We have our all-night Uno tournaments in a tiny back room in the Student Center. All the lights are out in the building. No one knows we are here.

When we sneak back to our dorms, we have to be very careful. I don't know why—but for some reason, Headmaster Upchuck doesn't approve of all-night card games.

Sherman and Wes closed the door behind them.

Crench jumped to his feet. "Bernie, tell me your secret," he said. "How did you win every game? Tell me! How?" He grabbed the front of my shirt—and knocked Lippy off my shoulder.


The bird let out a cry as he hit the floor. Then he was silent.

"Oh no!"

I gasped. I spun away from Crench and dropped to the floor in a panic.I scooped up the parrot in my hands. "Lippy, speak to me!" I cried. "Speak to me!"

"Make my day! Choke on a cuttlebone!"

Lippy squawked.

I cradled Lippy against my chest. "Thank goodness you're okay."

Feenman squinted at me. "Bernie, why do you bring that squawking bird to all our card games?" he asked.

"Yeah, he's just a stupid bird. What's the big deal?" Crench said.

My two best buddies in the world, and they didn't understand.

"Hel-lo!" I said. "Just a stupid bird? I don't think so! Want to know how I win every game? You're looking at him! It's Lippy. He's a lucky bird!"


Excerpted from Rotten School #15: Calling All Birdbrains by R.L. Stine Copyright © 2007 by R.L. Stine. Excerpted by permission.
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