The Girls Take Over

The Girls Take Over

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


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The Girls Take Over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The race is on! The Hatford boys and the Malloy girls are ready to outdo one another again. Eddie is the first girl to ever try out for the school baseball team. Now she and Jake are competing for the same position, while Caroline and Wally compete for class spelling bee champ. Wally is itching to win, but Caroline the show-off plans to be number one.

As if that wasn’t enough, the kids decide to race bottles down the rising Buckman River to see whose will go the farthest by the end of the month. The winner will be queen or king for the day while the other kids act as servants. But neither team trusts the other. When the girls go down to the river to try and capture the boys’ bottles, Caroline falls into the rising water. It looks like those Malloy girls may be in over their heads this time!

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440416784
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/09/2004
Series: Boy/Girl Battle Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 146
Sales rank: 513,927
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written over 100 books, many of which take place in
West Virginia.

From the Hardcover edition.

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It was the month Eddie Malloy had been waiting for--tryouts for the Buckman Elementary baseball team--only sixth graders allowed. For Caroline, however, April looked as though it might be the most boring month since they'd moved to Buckman. She didn't care much for sports, but she knew how desperately her oldest sister wanted to get on the team. What Caroline most wanted was for something exciting to happen to her--something so dramatic it would get her picture in the newspaper.

But Eddie was fuming about the rain. "Look at it!" she wailed, staring out at the dismal West Virginia sky. The sun, which took its sweet time rising above the hills each morning, hadn't shown for a week. "I'll bet we won't have tryouts today after all!"

Eddie, Caroline, and Beth were finishing their toast, getting ready to return to school after spring vacation.

"You've got a whole month, Eddie. The games don't begin till May," Beth told her. Beth was in the fifth grade, and Caroline, being precocious, was in fourth, having been moved up a year. "Relax!" Beth said.

"I can't," said Eddie. "This is my one chance to show Jake Hatford that he's not the only good player around."

Mrs. Malloy came into the kitchen in her robe. "Gracious, I overslept!" she said. "It's a good thing you girls got yourselves up. This rain just makes me want to stay in bed. It's a good day for dreaming."

Mr. Malloy followed next and went directly to the coffeemaker. He was singing his usual song, the words being "I hate to get up in the mooorn-ing," and the girls rolled their eyes at each other. He was coaching Buckman College's football team this year in a teacher-exchange program. Whether or not he would move his family back to Ohio in September was still very much up in the air.

"Better wear your yellow slickers," Mrs. Malloy told the girls. "It's supposed to rain all day."

Eddie groaned and looked out the window and down the hill toward the river. The Buckman River, ordinarily shallow, was swollen now by all the rain. It entered town on one side of Island Avenue, where the family was staying, looped around under the road bridge to the business district, and went back out of Buckman again on the other side.

"Well," Eddie said finally. "If I never become a professional baseball player, I guess I'll be a scientist. That's my second choice."

"Good thinking," said her father. "Keep your bases covered." He grinned.

Beth had her nose stuck in a book as usual while she ate, her hand blindly reaching out to feel around the table for her orange juice. She never once took her eyes off the page.

"If she'd only read decent stuff!" her mother had once complained, because the stories Beth liked best were about human centipedes and creatures under the sea. Beth was currently reading a book called The Village of the Vampire Ants. Beth didn't give much thought to what she wanted to be when she was grown.

No one ever asked Caroline what she wanted to be when she grew up because she talked about it constantly: the world's greatest actress, that's what. She could see her name in lights on Broadway: Caroline Lenore Malloy, starring in . . . play after play after play.

As the Malloy girls crossed the swinging bridge that took them to College Avenue, they saw the Hatford boys waiting for them on the other side. Despite all the boys' tricks and teasing since the girls had come to Buckman, the Malloy sisters had started walking to school with them when a strange animal--which the newspaper called an abaguchie because no one knew what it was--had been sighted in the area. It had later been found to be a cougar, and the Hatford and Malloy parents had insisted their seven children walk together to and from school for protection. Now that the cougar had been caught and taken down to the Smoky Mountains, the kids, out of habit, still walked together every day.

The boys weren't exactly waiting patiently for the girls. What they were really doing was standing on the swinging bridge at their end, and as soon as the girls stepped on it, the boys began jumping up and down so that the bridge wiggled and swayed and bounced.

"Ha, ha, we're so scared!" Eddie said dryly.

"Look how high the water is!" Peter called. Peter was in second grade, the youngest of the boys. Wally was next, in fourth grade with Caroline, and the twins, Josh and Jake, were in sixth grade with Eddie. Beth was the only girl who wasn't in a class with a Hatford. Lucky you, Eddie had told her once.

"What's the highest the river's ever been?" Beth asked when the girls reached the other end and they all set off for school.

"It was up over the road in front of our house once," said Wally.

"Did you ever have to be rescued in rowboats or anything?" asked Caroline. She could just see herself, waving a white handkerchief from a window, the water rising to her waist, then her chest, then her throat--how she would faint just as the rescuers reached her and would have to be carried out to the boat.

"No," said Wally. "It was never that high."

Both Eddie and Jake were glum as they headed for school because Jake, too, wanted to try out for the baseball team, and they certainly couldn't do it in the rain. The rest of the crew was in good spirits, however.

"You know what we ought to do?" said Josh. "We each ought to put our name and phone number in a bottle and float them down the river. We could ask the people who find them to call and tell us where they were found, and whoever's bottle travels farthest by the end of the month wins."

"Wins what?" said Wally, who loved fooling around and liked the idea.

"Well, whoever wins could be king or queen for the day," suggested Josh.

"Queen of what?" asked Caroline.

"King or queen of the rest of us. The rest of us would have to be his slaves for a day and do whatever he wanted."

"Oh no you don't!" said Eddie. "If one of you guys wins, you'll make us do all kinds of gross things."

"Okay, they have to be things within reason," said Josh. "And the bottles should all be the same size. Maybe Mom could get some for us."

"Sounds fun!" said Beth.

"We'd better do it while the water's flowing fast, though," said Wally. "The bottles will go farther then."

"They might even get to the ocean!" Peter cried excitedly.

"And then one of them could be picked up by a ship at sea!" Caroline said dreamily. "I could be sitting in a chair at breakfast, calmly eating my cereal, and get a ship-to-shore message from a handsome captain of an ocean liner saying that he was coming to West Virginia to meet the maiden who had put her name in a bottle."

The others laughed.

"Or maybe he'd call to say that as soon as he read the name Caroline Malloy, he threw the bottle back in the ocean and washed his hands with soap and water," Jake teased.

It was hard to concentrate on schoolwork when there were notes to be sealed in bottles, Caroline thought. Her desk was right behind Wally Hatford's, and when she had nothing better to do, she would trace letters or words on Wally's back with the end of her ruler and dot the i's with her pencil. Or she would blow on the back of his neck and whisper romantic words, just to see his ears turn red.

But this morning she was content to stare out the window as rain trickled down the pane, and imagined a lonely aspirin bottle adrift at sea with a tiny piece of paper rolled up inside it. She imagined the handsome sea captain in his blue-and-white uniform bending over the side of the boat to scoop it up, and--


The voice of the teacher suddenly intruded, and Caroline blinked and snapped to attention.

"The answer, please?" said Miss Applebaum.

"The Ohio River?" Caroline said quickly.

"What?" said the teacher as the class turned to stare.

"The . . . the Gulf of Mexico?" Caroline bleated.

"Caroline, we happen to be doing long division, and I assure you that if you divided four thousand, six hundred and sixty-eight by twelve, you would not get the Gulf of Mexico," the teacher said. "Not even the Ohio River."

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Girls Take Over 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book ' The Girls Take Over' is a great book for adventrous readers. The main idea is that the Mallory girls are always competing with the Hartford boys. A lot of events happen in this story. Two reasons why I liked the book are the bottle race and because it was about girls and boys competing. Some highlights of the book are the bottle race and the spelling contest. Read the rest of my review to find out other details on ' The Girls Take Over.' I chose this book to read because in my school the girls are always competing with the boys. I thought the book would be about baseball because on the front cover of the book a girl is holding a bat and the boy is sitting next to a baseball glove and holding a bat as well. You can read this great story and see if it is or is not about baseball. Like I said there, are many surprises in the book. Its a page turning adventure. The main characters are the Mallory girls (Beth, Eddie and Caroline) and the Hartford boys (Peter, Wally, Josh and Jake.) The author of this book is Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. She also had written ' The Boys Start The War', The Girls Get Even', ' Boys Against Girls', ' The Girls Revenge', ' A Traitor Among The Boys', ' A Spy Among The Girls', ' The Boys Return', and ' The Girls Take Over'. As you read from my review you can tell that I loved this book. I think this book is appropriate for ages 7-11 years old. Like I said, go and read ' The Girls Take Over'. I would rate this book from one to five, five being the best I would give it a four. Hold on for this suspenseful story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plaes write more i need to know wat happens!
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Write mor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls rule
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the many books in the Hatfordvs.Malloy series by Phylis Reynold Taylor. This book is probably my favorite of all the series because it is filled with real life competitions that show the rivarly between boys and girls. Anyway in this book, Jake and Eddie compete to be the star pitcher on the Buckmann Badgers baseball team. This leaves the Hatford brothers (Josh, Wally and Peter) and the Malloy sisters (Beth and Caroline) in an awkward position as they are forced to choose sides, not wanting to tell one of the pitchers the truth. Also Caroline and Wally compete to be the best speller in the fourth grade. And at the sametime Beth and Josh start to grow closer. This book is full of competition and id rate it five out offive
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a group of brothers and a group of sisters. One of the boys and one of the girls like to play baseball and another boy and girl like spelling so they compete to be the best. One day they decided to do a bottle race and they put a note in the bottle that has their phone number so whoesevers bottle goes the farthest will be king or queen for the day.But obstacles happen along the way. What will happen to the boys when the girls....... I really enjoyed this book because the boys would compete with the girls. I liked all the different language the author used. The word choice made it more interesting. If you have not read it you SHOULD!!
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You are right. Girls are going to take over the world some day. And i am 99.99% sure they are smarter ; ) ( girl ) : ( boy. I just love what i say and do. ; )
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hey guys this book is very funny and fun to read. if you haven't read it yet then i suggest that you do. i gurantee that you will laught out loud and you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girls drool. They go to Jupiter to get more stupider