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In the eighth book of the series starring the Hatford boys and Malloy girls, the sexes do battle on the baseball diamond, then challenge one another to a bottle race down the Buckman River for the title of king or queen for a day in The Girls Take Over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grade 3-6-In this eighth story about three spunky Malloy girls and four crafty Hatford boys, April brings a rise in the river and the children plan a contest. They each put a message in a bottle and the one that travels the furthest from their town will be the winner. Although they develop tamper-proof conditions for the competition, mayhem still ensues when the girls scheme to fish out the boys' bottles. Caroline, the perpetual drama queen, falls into the river, imagining an exciting rescue. As a result of her theatrics, the entire group is punished with cleaning the sheriff's office. Eddie Malloy and Jake Hatford vie for the sixth-grade baseball team, while Caroline and Wally compete in the class spelling bee. Through different episodes, the boys and girls prove they can work together when push comes to shove. High jinks and pranks abound, making the story enjoyable for fans of the earlier books and new readers. While an entertaining addition to the series, this book stands on its own.
Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.