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Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One (Pain & the Great One) [Kindle Edition]

Judy Blume , James Stevenson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What’s the difference between a friend and a fiend?

Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best friends. Their teenage cousins have turned into fiends. And on the perfect snow day, who jumps on Jake and washes his face in snow? And who rescues him?

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—The Pain and the Great One are back in another series of short vignettes. This time Jacob, aka the Pain, is embarrassed when he makes a mistake in front of the entire class, and Abigail, aka the Great One, deals with the betrayal of trust when her good friend Sasha steals her story. The brother and sister also contend with obnoxious cousins when they visit their curmudgeonly Uncle Phil and with mean Madison Purdy when they have a snow day. Like the previous volumes, this book concludes with a chapter from the family cat, Fluzzy. Stevenson's ink sketches are interspersed throughout the chapters and add detail to the stories. The situations are believable, and many readers will relate to the squabbles between the siblings and their school experiences. A nice addition, but not an essential purchase unless the series has a strong following.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
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From Booklist

Many kids will befriend this delightful fourth chapter book about the slice-of-life experiences of a third-grade sister (the Great One) and her first-grade brother (the Pain). The siblings trade narration of chapters that describe recent excitement at home and at school, such as a birthday party with burned cupcakes or shopping with contentious cousins. Fluzzy the cat once again stretches his literary whiskers and contributes the last chapter. Blume’s singular ability to portray the minutiae of a child’s everyday life with humor is perfectly complemented by Stevenson’s occasional line drawings that extend the story’s charm and fully shaped characters. Grades 1-4. --Andrew Medlar

Product Details

  • File Size: 3616 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028WG4WG
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wide eyed enthusiasm when I gave her this book! February 24, 2014
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My favorite 7 yr old is reading chapter books, and loves silly reads. She knew the title and her eyes indicative of great anticipation!
She read this on spring break in 24hrs. It's so well written as I think all of Judy's books are. She speaks to the young reader with silly and smart!
Get it. Read it to your favorite Kid if they're not reading chapter books yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars AWESOME!!! May 19, 2014
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Just like real life!!!! I loved it! It was so good, why I couldn't put it down! Judy Blume! Books rock
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 25, 2013
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Love it. I highly recommend this book.
Easy reading, fun and entertaining. First book that I download from the library, and had a great experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friend or fiend? with the pain and the great one June 2, 2013
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I really like this book because it is really funny.

I chose five stars because it had everything a book needed.
This book had a good plot, good character's,and a good setting

That is my review on friend or fiend? Please consider reading it! I loved it and you might to!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read February 15, 2013
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A great book for kids in the young teens and younger its about a sibling rivalry. Its a must read
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More About the Author

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

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