The Harpers' Holiday Horror: A BBLS Story

The Harpers' Holiday Horror: A BBLS Story

by Elena Southworth

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Best-selling teenage author brings more laughs and shenanigans with book two in her hilarious middle-grade series, BBLS.


A smothering mother, an alien brother, TV-stealing grandmas, a purple puppy-is anyone normal in rascally nine-year-old Aaliyah's family?

Sibling rivalry has met its match with the hilarious hijinks from this big brother-little sister duo, sure to delight readers with one ridiculous situation after the next.  


She doesn't mean it but whenever nine-year-old Aaliyah Harper does anything, utter madness ensues. Couple that with a stifling mother who calls her The Baby, two trouble-seeking grandmas, an alien brother, and a family road-trip vacation and it's a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong? Humor, mischievous capers, and family drama permeate The Harpers' Holiday Horror, the second book in the Big Brother Little Sister middle-grade series from bestselling teenage author Elena Southworth. 

Written in an engaging rotating character entry style, the story finds Aaliyah and her family getting ready for a memorable Grand Canyon vacation to celebrate Thanksgiving and, especially, "The Baby's" ninth birthday. (Also known as "the day to honor the most special, most perfect, most angelic, innocent creature that has ever existed in all of history!" according to Aaliyah's over-the-top mom.)  But this time? Aaliyah is on a mission-The Matthew Making Theory mission-to find out the truth: if her brother is an alien put on earth disguised as a human teenager in order to pick on his unsuspecting little sister.  

Not everyone is thrilled that the Harpers will be traveling with their two motorcycle-riding, heavy metal fan grandmas, Agnes and Pearl, as well as Matthew's girlfriend Delaney's family, the Emersons-least of which the Emersons themselves who, from unfortunate experience, think all of the Harpers are "weirdos." And for siblings Matthew, Aaliyah, and twenty-one-year-old Camille, being stuck on a three-hour car ride with their crazy family is nothing short of misery. 

Aaliyah's innocent escapades somehow land her hiding in a hotel's dirty laundry cart, being locked in an ice-skating pond's bathroom, accidentally dying Grandma Agnes's new puppy purple, finding her family on the evening news after "borrowing" a river raft, witnessing her two grandmas swiping a fire truck to take out on a joyride (only to have to bail them out of jail), requiring multiple police responses in less than twenty-four hours, and having the hotel manager say they are "the most annoying family" he has dealt with in twenty years after giving them the boot from their room. 

Well...there's always Christmas, right? After a calamity of a bug-infested, owl-residing Christmas tree cut fresh from the forest by their exasperated dad (since the Harpers are banned from the hardware store), the family instead, celebrates the holiday in their living room at the foot of a festively decorated...cactus?!  

Aaliyah may be troublesome and a magnet for mayhem, but her eccentric family knows adventure and humor will follow. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735782935
Publisher: Prodigy Kids Press
Publication date: 10/09/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 186
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Fourteen-year-old bestselling author Elena Southworth first knew she wanted to be a writer when she was five years old and had just read her first book by herself. A fan of make-believe stories, she penned some of her own and she was hooked.Something unique to Elena's writing is that she likes to write from each character's point of view. In this manner, she toggles among different character entries in the story, each in their own voice. Elena's mind is always swirling with story ideas; she's never at a loss for content. Elena's work has resulted in rich character development, masterfully intertwined and amusing plots, and overall wonderfully entertaining middle-grade books. Elena hopes her stories become a place where readers can escape and find some great humor along the way. She'd like to be an inspiration as a young author to inspire other children to write books as she has and that nothing is impossible.When she isn't writing rollicking and hilarious adventures for middle-graders, Elena enjoys playing piano or video games. While writing is her main hobby and tennis her favorite sport, most of her free time-as you'd expect from a fourteen-year-old-is spent working on homework and going to school.Elena's writing has enabled her to contribute charitably by donating dozens of her BBLS books to Children's Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital, and Orangewood Children's Home, along with having her book in many classrooms and school libraries. Elena has been invited as a "Meet the Author" guest at several school assemblies to share her love of writing and inspire young authors. She lives in Orange County, California with her mom, dad, little brother, and their puppy named Bo. The Harpers' Holiday Horror is the second book in Elena's Big Brother, Little Sister three-book series.

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