The Boys Start the War/The Girls Get Even

The Boys Start the War/The Girls Get Even

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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The Boys Start the War/The Girls Get Even by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Just when the Hatford brothers were expecting three boys to move into the house across the river, where their best friends, the Bensons, used to live, the Malloys arrive instead. Wally and his brothers decide to make Caroline and her sisters so miserable that they'll want to go back to Ohio, but they haven't counted on the ingenuity of the girls.

From dead fish to dead bodies, floating cakes to floating heads, the pranks and tricks continue — first by the boys, then the girls — until someone is taken prisoner! Will the Malloys leave West Virginia? Will the Bensons come back? Trust the four Hatford boys and the three Malloy girls to do anything to get one up on each other in this fun-filled war of the wits.

Readers will cheer for their favorites in this lively story of two feuding families written by Newbery Medal winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Watch for the continuing chronicles of the Hatfords and the Malloys in The Girls Get Even.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440409717
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/01/1994
Edition description: 2 Books in 1
Pages: 129
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She began her career writing short stories for magazines and has since authored more than ninety books for children. Though Mrs. Naylor grew up in Ohio, she sets many of her books in West Virginia. The boys-girls battle series is set in Buckman, West Virginia, a town modeled after Buckhannon, West Virginia, where her husband spent most of his growing-up years. Mrs. Naylor has enjoyed accolades from young readers all across the country, and she has won numerous awards. She was honored with the Newbery Medal for her novel Shiloh.


January 4 in Anderson, Indiana

Previous Jobs

Clinical secretary, teacher, editorial assistant


Writing, reading, singing, playing the piano, hiking, swimming, theater, and snorkeling


... foodsanything chocolate

... clothespants and shirts, or gypsy skirts

... colorsjade green and blue

... booksbooks by Southern authors and books about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary


Inspirations for writing

Absolutely everything that ever happened to me and anybody else, all mixed up with imaginings!

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The Boys Start the War/The Girls Get Even 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ThIs BoOk Is ThE BEST bOoK EvEr.I ReAd ThIs BoOk ThIs YeAr AnD I ReAd It OvEr AnD OvEr AgAiN.I LoVe It So MuCh.I Am AcTuAlLy NoW On GiRlS RuLe! I CaNt WaIt Too SeE WhAt HaPpEns NeXt!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my students. They really enjoyed it and laughed out loud. I would recommend this book to all children and their teachers. Teachers, I would recommend you read this to your class I'm sure by the first chapter your students will be laughing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for kids and some adults that have the feeling to read this book, well make then know how it is right now how kids are acting today. But I am telling I finished the book, now I am reading Boys Against Girls and The Girls Revenge, Very good books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been great! I had just finished reading it and I laughed SOOOO hard! I reccomend this book-definetly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Boys Start the War is a humorous story about two fueding familys that live next-door and across a stream. The two familys of kids play jokes on each other for a rather sad reason (not that these books are sad at ALL)and... sorry, can't tell you the rest. What would be the point of that? You'll just have to read these hillarious books to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! I laughed so hard sometimes I cried! This book is great for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boys, girls, always fight, nobody can stop them, even their parents. Find out the most exciting battles. You will think it is a great book whether you are a boy or a girl. Who wins? It's for you to find out, all in The Boys Start the War-the Girls Get Even.