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The Girls Take Over [School & Library Binding]

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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March 2004 0613814029 978-0613814027
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!


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From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great child's book if they enjoy sports May 21 2013
By Denny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My Granddaughter just loved this baseball book. She is an avid baseball fan. For all young girls that enjoy baseball, this book is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hey look at me on my profile May 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
The girls take over for me was an ok book. Of course i am a girl so i would like the book. I think this book shows a good point of view from boys and girls. it shows what happens when boys are intimmidated by girls who try out for the baseball tem and make it. i think it is fun to see what boys would say and think about that. This book also diplays a sample of sibling rivalry. I think that any girls or boys really that are interested in rivalry between boys and girls would be pleased with this book. i hope you will read The Girls Take over by Sharon Creech.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for more laughs and unexpected twists Jan. 11 2003
Format:Hardcover
The Hatfield boys and Malloy girls are still competing; this time their conflicts range from racing bottles downstream - and a potentially dangerous spill - to wild ball games. Prepare for more laughs and unexpected twists as Naylor continues the ongoing story in such a manner as to invite newcomers to participate in the zany fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fight for the book Sept. 11 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this incredible book The Mallory sisters and the Hartford brothers are at it again But this time the Mallory sisters have there heart set on winning everything including the bottle race but when Caroline bottle is found they call the cops and now it's time for baseball season will the Eddie make it or not read this action filled book to find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Going to Win? June 8 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Girls Take Over is the eighth book in a series written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. These books take place in Buckman, West Virginia. The series starts off when the Bensons move out of their house and go to Georgia. The Hadford boys, who had been very good friends with the Benson boys, knew the Malloy (the people who were moving it) had KIDS! They assumed it was boys and they got all excited. When they found out it was three girls, they decided to play tricks on the Malloy girls.

In the book The Girls Take Over the Hadford boys and the Malloy girls are going at each other. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor makes these fights between the boys and girls really hilarious. How the girls play tricks on the boys and how the boys try to get the girls back. Is when the Hadford boys and the Malloy girls have to clean the jail, the Malloy girls find a way to make fun of the Hadford boys. The bragging between them, the tricks and traps, the urge to seize power is what really makes them strike again and a again. Will their fighting ever stop? You just have read to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Girls REALLY DO Take Over! Dec 7 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book I am reviewing is The Girls Take Over by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I think this book deserves five stars. It is excellent. This book is about three girls who move to a town and four boys who walk to school with the girls. One day they decide to have a race where they have to put a note in a bottle. The note tells the person who finds it to call and tell them where they found the bottle. They drop the bottle in a stream. Whoever's bottle gets the farthest would be boss to the rest for a day. You would have to read it to find out the rest!! I recommend this book to everyone. Other books in this series by this author include The Boys Return, The Girls Revenge and a lot more!

(...), NJ Fifth Grade Student
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read aloud Feb. 22 2005
By Heather H. Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This series remains my favorite read aloud for my family. The Girls Take Over certainly adds funny situations and plenty of "drama queen" Caroline escapades to make an enjoyable read.

Interestingly enough, the plotline spawned a lot of comments from my four kids about fair play and using your common sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for more laughs and unexpected twists Jan. 11 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Hatfield boys and Malloy girls are still competing; this time their conflicts range from racing bottles downstream - and a potentially dangerous spill - to wild ball games. Prepare for more laughs and unexpected twists as Naylor continues the ongoing story in such a manner as to invite newcomers to participate in the zany fun.
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