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Children's LiteratureKate Morris is soon to celebrate her seventh birthday and is happily preparing for the pirate themed party. . . except for several problems. Her parents insist that she invite her entire class including bossy, disagreeable Violet. After preparing the handmade invitations with her best friend Jake, Kate arrives early at school and places them in all the desks. Soon the awful rumors about the party begin to fly around the classroom, cafeteria and playground. Andrew says that someone must eat spider legs. Charlene is certain that somebody will be made to stick a noodle up his or her nose. Kate tries desperately to stop the rumors, but new ones keep circulating. Will anyone come to the party? This easy reading paperback is sure to resonate with all children faced with difficulties with their classmates. The black and white illustrations, including the parrot announcing each short chapter, will be enjoyed by young readers. 2004, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 6 to 8.