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Double Trouble

Mitch and Amy both think being twins is fun, but that doesn't stop them from squabbling. Amy is good at reading. Mitch is a math whiz. Amy likes to play pretend. Mitch would rather skateboard. They never want to watch the same television show. And they always try to get the better of each other.

Then the school bully starts picking on Mitch ? and on Amy, too. Now the twins have something rotten ...

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Overview

Double Trouble

Mitch and Amy both think being twins is fun, but that doesn't stop them from squabbling. Amy is good at reading. Mitch is a math whiz. Amy likes to play pretend. Mitch would rather skateboard. They never want to watch the same television show. And they always try to get the better of each other.

Then the school bully starts picking on Mitch — and on Amy, too. Now the twins have something rotten in common: Alan Hibbler. This twosome must set aside their squabbles and band together to defeat a bully!

The adventures of a nine-year-old twin brother and sister who, despite constant bickering, support each other loyally at home and at school.

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With humor and warmth, Mrs. Cleary explores the underlying pride, jealousy, and attachment of her twin characters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688316884
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1967
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.

Biography

Beverly Cleary was inadvertently doing market research for her books before she wrote them, as a young children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Cleary heard a lot about what kids were and weren’t responding to in literature, and she thought of her library patrons when she later sat down to write her first book.

Henry Huggins, published in 1950, was an effort to represent kids like the ones in Yakima and like the ones in her childhood neighborhood in Oregon. The bunch from Klickitat Street live in modest houses in a quiet neighborhood, but they’re busy: busy with rambunctious dogs (one Ribsy, to be precise), paper routes, robot building, school, bicycle acquisitions, and other projects. Cleary was particularly sensitive to the boys from her library days who complained that they could find nothing of interest to read – and Ralph and the Motorcycle was inspired by her son, who in fourth grade said he wanted to read about motorcycles. Fifteen years after her Henry books, Cleary would concoct the delightful story of a boy who teaches Ralph to ride his red toy motorcycle.

Cleary’s best known character, however, is a girl: Ramona Quimby, the sometimes difficult but always entertaining little sister whom Cleary follows from kindergarten to fourth grade in a series of books. Ramona is a Henry Huggins neighbor who, with her sister, got her first proper introduction in Beezus and Ramona, adding a dimension of sibling dynamics to the adventures on Klickitat Street. Cleary’s stories, so simple and so true, deftly portrayed the exasperation and exuberance of being a kid. Finally, an author seemed to understand perfectly about bossy/pesty siblings, unfair teachers, playmate politics, the joys of clubhouses and the perils of sub-mattress monsters.

Cleary is one of the rare children’s authors who has been able to engage both boys and girls on their own terms, mostly through either Henry Huggins or Ramona and Beezus. She has not limited herself to those characters, though. In 1983, she won the Newbery Medal with Dear Mr. Henshaw, the story of a boy coping with his parents’ divorce, as told through his journal entries and correspondence with his favorite author. She has also written a few books for older girls (Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl, Sister of the Bride, and Jean and Johnny) mostly focusing on first love and family relationships. A set of books for beginning readers stars four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet.

Some of Cleary’s books – particularly her titles for young adults – may seem somewhat alien to kids whose daily lives don’t feature soda fountains, bottles of ink, or even learning cursive. Still, the author’s stories and characters stand the test of time; and she nails the basic concerns of childhood and adolescence. Her books (particularly the more modern Ramona series, which touches on the repercussions of a father’s job loss and a mother’s return to work) remain relevant classics.

Cleary has said in an essay that she wrote her two autobiographical books, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet, "because I wanted to tell young readers what life was like in safer, simpler, less-prosperous times, so different from today." She has conveyed that safer, simpler era -- still fraught with its own timeless concerns -- to children in her fiction as well, more than half a century after her first books were released.

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Word processing is not Cleary's style. She writes, "I write in longhand on yellow legal pads. Some pages turn out right the first time (hooray!), some pages I revise once or twice and some I revise half-a-dozen times. I then attack my enemy the typewriter and produce a badly typed manuscript which I take to a typist whose fingers somehow hit the right keys. No, I do not use a computer. Everybody asks."

Cleary usually starts her books on January 2.

Up until she was six, Cleary lived in Yamhill, Oregon -- a town so small it had no library. Cleary's mother took up the job of librarian, asking for books to be sent from the state branch and lending them out from a lodge room over a bank. It was, Clearly remembers, "a dingy room filled with shabby leather-covered chairs and smelling of stale cigar smoke. The books were shelved in a donated china cabinet. It was there I made the most magical discovery: There were books written especially for children!"

Cleary authored a series of tie-in books in the early 1960s for classic TV show Leave It to Beaver.

Cleary's books appear in over 20 countries in 14 languages.

Cleary's book The Luckiest Girl is based in part on her own young adulthood, when a cousin of her mother's offered to take Beverly for the summer and have her attend Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California. Cleary went from there to the University of California at Berkeley.

The actress Sarah Polley got her start playing Ramona in the late ‘80s TV series. Says Cleary in a Q & A on her web site: “I won’t let go of the rights for television productions unless I have script approval. There have been companies that have wanted the movie rights to Ramona, but they won’t let me have script approval, and so I say no. I did have script approval for the television productions of the Ramona series…. I thought Sarah Polley was a good little actress, a real little professional.”

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    1. Also Known As:
      Beverly Atlee Bunn (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Carmel, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      McMinnville, Oregon
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Mitch and Amy MSR
Chapter OneMitchell's Skate Board

Mitchell Huff's day began like any other summer day'with a squabble with his twin sister Amy. At breakfast Amy grabbed a cereal box top and said, "I'm going to send away for the plastic harmonica that looks like an ear of corn."

"Oh, no you don't!" said Mitchell. "It's my turn to get the box top."

"It is not!" said Amy. "You got the last one."

"But it wasn't a good box top," said Mitchell. "How come you get all the good box tops?""I don't," said Amy. "You sent away for the pedometer."

"Yes, but it broke the first time I used it," said Mitchell."That wasn't my fault," said Amy.

"It's no fair," said Mitchell. "You always grab the good box tops, and then don't send away for things."

"Be quiet, both of you," said Mrs. Huff, "or I shall serve hot oatmeal every morning, three hundred sixty-five days of the year, and you won't have any box tops to send away."

Mr. Huff, who had to catch a bus to the city, glanced at his watch and said, "That ought to settle this morning's squabble."

"Okay, Mom. You win," Mitchell said amiably.

"Oatmeal, ick," said Amy.

After breakfast Mitchell went out to the patio to work on the skate board he was building out of an old board and a roller skate while Amy went to her room and began to play her cello. That's funny, thought Mitchell, sawing the board in two, nobody told her to practice.

There was something familiar about the catchy tune his sister was playing, and Mitchell grinned when he recognized that it was not her lesson, but the music from a television commercial. That Amy!

In a few minutes the cello was silent, butAmy's tune ran through Mitchell's head half the morning. He was pounding the last nail around the half of the skate fastened to the front of the board when Amy came out the back door.

"I thought I heard Marla come through the gate," Amy said. She picked a dandelion that had gone to seed in a flower bed and held it up to examine it more closely.

Mitchell gave the nail a final bang with the hammer and sat back on his heels, waiting for Amy to say something about his skate board, but Amy was looking at the ball of dandelion fluff as if she found it a thing of magic and, while Mitchell watched, she closed her eyes to make a wish.

Mitchell looked at his sister standing there in her playclothes with her knees bruised, her brown hair falling to her shoulders, and her summer freckles bright in the September sunshine. Her lips were puckered beside the dandelion's white head as if they had been drawn up by a string. He saw her chest rise as she drew a deep breath and held it for a moment.

Suddenly the temptation was too great for Mitchell. Gathering his breath he rose and moved swiftly and silently across the concrete on his rubber soles.

Whoof! Mitchell blew as hard as he could and sent every one of Amy's dandelion seeds dancing off into the sunshine.

Amy's eyes flew open, and for a moment she stared at the empty stem in her hand. Then with a yell of rage she flung it onto the patio. "Mitchell Huff!" she shrieked. "You spoiled my wish! I'll get you for this!" There was nothing dreamy about Amy as she began to chase Mitchell. Around and around the patio they went, sneakers pounding up on the bench and down on the concrete again, Mitchell ducking and sidestepping Amy and always managing to stay just out of her grasp.

"You're despicable!" cried Amy, who already read on the fifth-grade level or even higher, although she was about to enter the fourth grade. Mitchell felt his sister's fingers on his shirt and jerked away. Around and around they went, and as they grew short of breath they both began to laugh.

Mrs. Huff opened the back door and stepped into the patio with a jar of peanut butter and a knife in her hand. "You two," she said. "Stop it."

The chase slowed and came to a halt. "He blew'the fluff off'my dandelion'when I was about to'make a wish," said Amy, giggling and gasping and appealing for justice.

"I couldn't'help it," panted Mitchell. "She was just'standing there'all puckered up with her eyes closed and suddenly something came over me'"

"Something comes over you altogether too often." Mrs. Huff spread a gob of peanut butter on a pinecone tied to the branch of a crab-apple tree outside the dining-room window. "I saw the first chickadees of the season this morning, and I thought if I started putting peanut butter out again we might persuade them to stay with us for the winter. Amy, pick another dandelion, and I'll stand guard while you make your wish."

"It won't be the same," said Amy, but she found a second dandelion."Mitch, if you blow the fluff off Amy's dandelion this time, I'll spread you with peanut butter and leave you for the chickadees," said Mrs. Huff, as she smeared peanut butter between the scales of the pinecone. Since Amy had made a bird feeder out of the pinecone for a Brownie project in the third grade, Mrs. Huff had become interested in bird watching. "Mom's feathered friends" her children called the juncoes, sparrows, and chickadees that grew fat on her peanut butter.

"I'll try to control myself," said Mitchell, when his mother had finished with the pinecone. "It will be a struggle, but I'll try." He noticed that this time Amy did not shut her eyes; she remained vigilant until with one breath she had sent all the dandelion seeds flying out across the patio. "What did you wish?" he asked.

"As if I would tell you," said Amy.

Mrs. Huff screwed the lid back onto the peanut-butter jar. "I know what I wish. I wish you two would stop bickering. I'll be glad when school starts."

Mitch and Amy MSR
. Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Must read

    A perfect story to show how having siblings is fun and will keep you strong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    YO PEOPLE READ THIS

    Wow, this book is really good! I despratly recommend everyone that reads beverly cleary books really needs to read it! One of the best ones written! It is easy to read and very cute and enjoyable! I can not stop reading it! Even though I have only read the first couple of chapters I can not stop reading it! All of beverly clearys books are out of this world fantastic and I recommend every last one of them!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Wow! Beverly Clearly has clearly writen a good book.

    Mitch and Amy sure don't get a long! They don't like the same thing and are good at what the other one is bad at that makes evryone in the Huff household. Mitch is good at multiplication and Amy is not. Amy is good at reading and Mitch is not. Would that makes you crazy? Find out if the Huffs can figure out how to make Amy learn multiplication and Mitch learn how to read better or if the Huffs will be like that forever.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!

    One of Beverly Cleary's best books! Wonderful theme,story, characters, I liked it very,very,very, much! I am sure you will love it as much as I do too! You should definetely buy it!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    Awesome Book

    i have read this book once a year since 3rd grade. It was my first chapter book. I highly recomend it to everyone

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Hi

    I never read this book but it sounds so go

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    awesome dude!

    if i had to pick a book that beverly cleary has wrote i would definitely choose mitch and amy. it tells about how twins can need each other sometimes and how they fight and not get along. overall, it is an outstanding book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    Even better than I remembered...

    Mitch and Amy was my favorite book when I was a child. I read it over and over again. Now my own son and daughter are delighting in the story as I read it to them. This book is a BIG WINNER!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    If you look at this you willlike what i have to say

    Can you sell a book to get money back?i wish you could return to get money back too.

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    Posted January 15, 2014

    TheBajanCanadian

    What the....? That does not even look like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    To mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Why cant u read it???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

    My mom won't let me read it but I think it will be good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted February 28, 2013

    Be my nook friend

    I need friends for my nook :**(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Awwww!

    Mitch and Amy look nice together!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Looks good

    If u read tis book, read her books "the luckiest girl" and "fifteen" also read "my sister the vampire"

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    Posted February 9, 2012

    If you want us to post are information on you do it to

    What is your name? And email?

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Dango love

    Dango Dango wasashi good little girl xd

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Read all the Ramona books

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    good book

    I liked that book I think it was funny.

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