This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us!

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Pete and I stared at each other. Two girls camping on our island?

Pete and Scott are horrified when they find Sunny and Jill camping with Jill's aunt on Turtle Island, the same "deserted" wilderness where Pete and Scott planned to have a few death-defying adventures. Alone. Every time the boys mess up, Sonny and Jill are there, taking the picture. This is war — boys against girls!

With the help of an eccentric recluse who lives on the island, ...

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Overview

Pete and I stared at each other. Two girls camping on our island?

Pete and Scott are horrified when they find Sunny and Jill camping with Jill's aunt on Turtle Island, the same "deserted" wilderness where Pete and Scott planned to have a few death-defying adventures. Alone. Every time the boys mess up, Sonny and Jill are there, taking the picture. This is war — boys against girls!

With the help of an eccentric recluse who lives on the island, the boys plan one final battle — a wacky contest of wit, skill, and revenge — to determine the champions of Turtle Island!

Peter and Scott excitedly plan a camping trip to a deserted island, only to arrive and discover that two girls with zany senses of humor are already in residence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064402033
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Series: A Trophy Bk.
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Chapter One

My best friend, Pete McKenzie, was a little upset. I could tell because his eyes were bulging and because he had me by the shirt collar and was shaking me.

"It's for babies!" he-sputtered. "It's a baby's tent! I wouldn't be caught dead in it!"

I could understand his point of view. It was a baby's tent, and I didn't exactly want to be caught dead in it myself. But I wasn't about to admit it.

"Pete," I said, "be reasonable. You're jumping to conclusions. I tell you what. Let's have another look at it."

He let go of my collar, and we both stood back and had another look.

"It's a sissy tent!" he yelled.

"No," I countered, "it's just colorful, that's all. It's got character. I think I kind of like it."

It was bad, all right. Very bad. Any other tent in the world would have been a big improvement. But the sad fact was that we were stuck with it. I had promised to borrow a tent, and unfortunately this was the tent I'd borrowed. As soon as I'd gotten it, I'd set it up in my backyard and then called Pete on the phone and asked him to come over and see it. Naturally, he came right away. Naturally — because starting the next day, this tent was going to be our home for seven days.

Starting the next day, Pete and I were going to begin the adventure of our dreams — camping out alone on a wild, uninhabited island in the middle of a remote lake. For a whole week. just Pete and me and the wilderness.

And, of course, our tent. Our very own Hänseland Gretel's Gingerbread House Tent. The deluxe model. The first in a new line of "Tiny Tot Tents for Backyard Camping." The cutest, sweetest, most lovable tent ever made.

"It's goofy!" yelled Pete. "Look at it. It's got little windows with frilly curtains. It's got a chimney with candy canes on it. It's got frosting on its roof!"

"Yeah," I said. "But look, it's big enough for us to stand up in."

Pete glared at me. "The doorknob," he said grimly, "it's a big cookie with a face painted on it."

I guess you could say it was my fault about the tent. But actually, all I did was agree to do my Uncle Ted a favor. Uncle Ted works for this company that designs camping equipment, called Gray Wolf Backcountry Supplies. And naturally, when he asked me if Pete and I would field-test a tent for him, I said yes. I just assumed it'd be one of your regulation heavy-duty, rough-and-ready, explorer-type tents.

How could I have known that someone had come up with this Tiny Tot Tents idea?

Besides, Uncle Ted was also lending us two brand-new sleeping bags, a bunch of waterproof duffel bags, and a sixteen-foot aluminum canoe. It seemed only fair that we should do him a favor in return.

"What's this?" demanded Pete suddenly.

He was bending over a piece of rolled-up plastic attached to the tent at the base of the door. Before I could stop him, he started backing away from the tent, unrolling it onto the ground.

"That's our sidewalk," I explained.

It had little round cobblestones painted on it. And a grass trim on either side. Little plastic tulips sprang up as he unrolled it.

Pete straightened up and folded his arms across his chest. "I'm not going," he said.

I wasn't exactly surprised by Pete's reaction. Ever since we'd gotten permission to go on this trip, he'd been picturing himself as some sort of rugged backwoodsman or old-time explorer or something. According to Pete, this wasn't going to be just an ordinary camping trip. This was High Adventure. This was our big chance to leave behind the namby-pamby comforts of home and survive on our own. To tame nature with our bare hands. To pit our wits against the elements — and win.

There'd be a bonus, too. When we started school at Franklin junior High in September, we'd have tanned faces and rippling muscles. And there'd be a strange light in our eyes. One look at us and the other kids would whisper to each other, "Those two have laughed in the face of danger!"

At least, that was Pete's theory.

As for me, I figured I'd be happy if we just did a little swimming, a little fishing, and a little exploring. And if we got some clear nights, I was hoping I could use my binoculars to make a few, simple astronomical observations. Like checking out the great galaxy in Andromeda, the great globular cluster in Hercules, and the Cygnus star cloud. Astronomy's a big interest of mine, so Iwas planning to take along my Astronomy with Binoculars book and my best star map, too.

Of course, none of this was going to happen unless I could convince Pete not to let a little thing like a Tiny Tot Tent with frosting on its roof stand in the way of High Adventure.

"Look, Pete," I reasoned, "what difference does it make what the tent looks like? There won't be anyone else on the island to see it."

Pete still looked grumpy, but he couldn't argue with that. We'd done some research on Turtle Island, and as far as we could learn, no one ever went there. There were a few cabins along the shore of the lake, but the island itself was totally wild.

"Maybe," he grumbled, eyeing the candy canes, "but it's the principle of the thing. How could anyone sleep in there without feeling like a two-year-old?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Very Good!

    Exreamly Great,about two boys and girls who dislike each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    FUNNY!!!!

    This book was really funny and good!!it's about 2 boys and 2 girls who hate each other.Later the girls find out that they are living in a Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house tent(the girls love playing pranks on them)the boys get back at them with 2 turtles named snowball and poopsy then end up competing in a match but u will have 2 read it 2 find out who wins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    very cute

    this is one of the few books i remember very well from when i was younger. it was my favorite book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    This Book Is OK.

    This book was good, but I couln't get into it as much as I do other books. It is about 2 boys who go camping on an island and they have to stay in a Hansel and Gretel tent. They meet these 2 girls and they become rivals. Then they have a race two see who's best. You have to read the book to find out who wins! I am not going to give away the ending for you!

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